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Press release from Marketwire

Statement from The North West Company Inc. Regarding the Kennedy Home

Friday, December 16, 2011

Statement from The North West Company Inc. Regarding the Kennedy Home13:41 EST Friday, December 16, 2011WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Dec. 16, 2011) - Earlier this morning a fire destroyed the home of the President & CEO of The North West Company Inc., (TSX:NWC) Edward Kennedy. The Kennedy family escaped unharmed. "We are thankful Edward, Stella and their children are all safe" said Sandy Riley, Chairman of the Board. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as they deal with this tragic loss. We ask that the public and the media respect their privacy at this time."Operations at The North West Company are not affected by the incident.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Craig GilpinThe North West Company Inc.Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Officer204-934-8857204-934-1317 (FAX)cgilpin@northwest.caORJohn KingThe North West Company Inc.Chief Financial Officer204-934-1397204-934-1317 (FAX)jking@northwest.caORPaulina HiebertThe North West Company Inc.Vice President, Legal and Corporate Secretary204-934-1756204-934-1317 (FAX)