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Additional High Grade Assays Reported From Eastern Extension Zone

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December 19, 2011

Vancouver, B.C. - Kivalliq Energy Corporation (KIV: TSX-V) (the "Company" or "Kivalliq") today provided assay results from diamond drilling at the Eastern Extension, located 400 metres along strike and east of the high grade Lac Cinquante uranium deposit, located within the 225,000 acre Angilak Property in Nunavut, Canada. Assay results disclosed in this release are from the final 20 of 44 core holes drilled in total at the Eastern Extension.

Highlights disclosed herein include:

“Including the Eastern Extension could add considerable value as we move towards revising the resource estimate for Lac Cinquante by the end of Q1, 2012,” stated President Jeff Ward.

Eastern Extension

The discovery of the Eastern Extension was initially made by testing a northwest trending linear VLF EM conductor similar to Lac Cinquante, using six reverse circulation (RC) holes drilled from three set-ups. Two diamond drills were then deployed to delineate the Eastern Extension, with 6,143 metres in 44 holes drilled from 13 set-ups spaced on 50 metre drill sections.

The results reported herein comprise the second set of assay results from 20 core holes drilled at the Eastern Extension. The Eastern Extension has a drilled strike length of 550 metres and starts approximately 400 metres to the east, and along strike, of the Lac Cinquante main zone resource area.

All holes were drilled to the northeast with azimuths bearing 26 degrees, at inclinations between minus 45 and 90 degrees.  37 of 44 holes intersected uranium mineralization between 34 and 257 metres vertical depth. Both RC and diamond drilling have confirmed the continuation of the Lac Cinquante structure eastward with uranium mineralization occurring in a zone dipping roughly 72 degrees to the southwest. All assays from the Eastern Extension have now been released.

Mineralization is very similar to that found at Lac Cinquante, primarily hosted in the same hematite-carbonate-chlorite-graphite altered tuff unit. Uranium is associated with quartz-carbonate veining, breccia and sulphides within the sheared host rock.

For a summary of the 2011 exploration program at Angilak, please see news release from October 18, 2011. To view related cross sections and drill plan maps, please visit http://kivalliqenergy.com/projects/angilak/program_images/    

Eastern Extension Assay Results

2011 Lac Cinquante Eastern Extension Drilling Program - Weighted Assay Results*
Hole
From (m)
To (m)
Interval (m)
Est. True Width (m)
U3O8 (%)
Cu (%)
Mo (%)
Ag (g/t)
Description
11-LC-075
78.6
80.3
1.7
1.5
0.04
0.07
0.04
3.3
Main Zone
11-LC-076
119.0
119.4
0.4
0.2
1.87
0.07
0.46
28.8
Main Zone
11-LC-077
208.0
208.3
0.3
0.1
0.05
0.04
0.01
1.7
Main Zone
11-LC-078
70.6
71.7
1.0
0.9
1.39
0.03
0.18
10.8
Main Zone
11-LC-079
75.0
75.6
0.6
N/A
1.29
0.02
0.05
15.7
Qtz Carb Vein
11-LC-079
96.3
97.5
1.2
N/A
0.59
0.03
0.08
4.4
Qtz Carb Vein
11-LC-079
100.2
100.9
0.7
0.5
0.21
0.01
0.02
1.6
Main Zone
11-LC-099
114.6
115.0
0.4
0.3
6.01
0.22
0.14
8.2
Main Zone
11-LC-101
66.2
67.1
0.9
0.9
0.01
0.25
0.00
5.0
Main Zone
11-LC-102
91.9
92.7
0.9
0.6
2.69
2.04
0.27
34.8
Main Zone
11-LC-102
99.5
100.3
0.9
N/A
1.47
0.04
0.14
1.7
Qtz Carb Vein
11-LC-103
96.8
98.3
1.5
N/A
1.33
0.36
0.18
104.4
Qtz Carb Vein
11-LC-103
130.9
131.4
0.5
0.3
0.04
0.28
0.06
9.6
Main Zone
11-LC-104
63.3
64.0
0.7
0.6
0.29
0.18
0.14
30.6
Main Zone
11-LC-105
90.8
91.8
1.0
N/A
1.16
0.02
0.12
5.7
Qtz Carb Vein
11-LC-105
105.0
105.3
0.3
0.2
0.89
0.38
0.17
22.3
Main Zone
11-LC-106
142.9
144.5
1.6
0.7
0.18
0.01
0.07
6.5
Main Zone
11-LC-107
70.8
71.1
0.3
0.3
0.06
0.02
0.04
4.0
Main Zone
11-LC-110
121.0
122.8
1.8
1.1
0.10
0.09
0.02
6.0
Main Zone
11-LC-111
75.5
76.1
0.6
0.5
0.00
0.18
0.00
2.0
Main Zone
11-LC-112
12.3
13.5
1.2
N/A
0.17
0.21
0.11
19.8
Qtz Carb Vein
11-LC-113
26.3
28.1
1.8
N/A
0.25
0.03
0.17
0.9
Qtz Carb Vein

Holes 11-LC-0100, 108 and 114 did not intersect mineralization.

*All samples subject to ICP 1 Analysis by SRC in Saskatoon, SK. ICP1 results >1000 ppm U are subject to SRC U3O8 Assay; ICP1 results for Cu, Mo and Ag are reported by SRC in parts per million (ppm).  1 ppm = 1gm/t, 10000 ppm = 1%; Intervals include ICP U analysis in ppm converted to U3O8%.  Conversion to U3O8% = ppm x 0.01179%. Estimate for true width of mineralization is based on the angle of surveyed drill hole and the apparent orientation of the zone at the intercept.

QA/QC

Samples from the 2011 drilling program comprised half split NQ drill core. All samples were analyzed for U3O8 and a multi-element suite by Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) Geoanalytical Laboratories. The SRC facility operates in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025:2005 (CAN-P-4E), General Requirements for the Competence of Mineral Testing and Calibration laboratories and is accredited by the Standards Council of Canada. The samples are first analyzed by SRC's ICP-OES multi-element Uranium exploration ICP1 method. The method analyzes for multi-elements including Ag, Mo, Cu, Pb, Zn and a suite of rare earth elements. ICP results U>1000 parts per million (ppm) are analyzed using SRC's ISO/IEC 17025:2005-accredited U3O8 Assay method. Laboratory quality control (QC) includes a repeat analysis on every 20th sample. Repeat samples had good reproducibility. Kivalliq's QC included the insertion of blanks and standards into the sample inventory at the project site prior to shipment in sealed containers. All QC results were within expectations.

Disclosure of a technical nature contained in this release has been reviewed and approved by Kivalliq’s President, Jeff Ward, P.Geo. Mr. Ward is the Qualified Person for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101.

About Kivalliq Energy Corporation

Kivalliq Energy Corporation is a uranium exploration and development company, and the first company in Canada to sign a comprehensive agreement with the Inuit of Nunavut to explore for uranium on Inuit Owned Lands in Nunavut.

With an NI 43-101 compliant Inferred Mineral Resource of 810,000 tonnes grading 0.79% U3O8, totalling 14.15 million lbs U3O8 (17.5 lbs U3O8/tonne) at a 0.2% U3O8 cut-off grade, the Lac Cinquante Deposit is Canada’s highest grade uranium deposit outside of the Athabasca Basin. Kivalliq’s flagship project, the 225,000 acre Angilak Property in Nunavut, hosts the high-grade Lac Cinquante deposit, along with nine additional high priority target areas. Since acquiring the Angilak Property in 2008, the Company has invested approximately $30 million conducting systematic exploration, including ground and airborne geophysics, geological mapping, prospecting and approximately 48,000 metres of RC and diamond drilling.

On behalf of the Board of Directors

“Jim Paterson”

James Paterson, CEO
Kivalliq Energy Corporation

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