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Vancouver, July 30, 2012 — First Point Minerals Corp. (FPX-TSX.V) (“First Point” or the “Company”) announces that Cliffs Natural Resources Exploration Inc., an affiliate of Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE: CLF) (Paris: CLF) (“Cliffs”), has exercised its pre-emptive right to acquire sufficient securities of the Company in order that Cliffs will hold a 15% ownership interest in First Point, for net proceeds of C$436,454.

Pursuant to the exercise of the pre-emptive right, which was granted under the terms of the Option Agreement between the parties dated November 12, 2009, as amended (the “Option Agreement”), Cliffs purchased 779,382 units of First Point on a private placement basis at a price of C$0.56 per unit. Each unit is comprised of one common share in the capital of First Point and 0.0365 of a common share purchase warrant (the “Cliffs Private Placement”). Each whole warrant will be exercisable at a price of C$0.72 for a period expiring June 26, 2014.

The common shares issued pursuant to the Cliffs Private Placement are subject to a four month hold period ending November 26, 2012. The Cliffs Private Placement was not subject to any broker fees.

About First Point
First Point Minerals Corp. is a Canadian base and precious metal exploration company operating worldwide. For more information, please view the Company’s website at or contact Jim Gilbert, President and CEO, or Rob Robertson, VP Corporate Development, at (604) 681-8600.

On behalf of First Point Minerals Corp.

“Jim Gilbert”
Jim Gilbert, President and CEO – TSX Venture Exchange: FPX

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Forward-Looking Statements
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