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Press release from Marketwire

North American Nickel Appoints Mr. Gilbert Clark of the Sentient Group to the Board of Directors

Friday, May 25, 2012

North American Nickel Appoints Mr. Gilbert Clark of the Sentient Group to the Board of Directors12:43 EDT Friday, May 25, 2012VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 25, 2012) - North American Nickel Inc. (TSX VENTURE:NAN)(OTCBB:WSCRF) (CUSIP: 65704T 108). North American Nickel ("NAN") is pleased to announce that it has appointed Mr. Gilbert Clark to the Board of Directors.Mr. Clark is a European based Geologist with more than 13 years of industry experience; principally in mining and international resource developments. Since 2010, Mr. Clark has been involved in private equity investments and appraisals primarily in the mining and energy sectors. He is currently an Investment Advisor with The Sentient Group, an independent private equity investment firm specializing in the global resources industry.Rick Mark, CEO of North American Nickel states: "I have had the chance to work with Gilbert and the Sentient team over the past three months of our due diligence process, and, so, I am very pleased he is Sentient's choice to join our Board. Gilbert's experience in analyzing projects internationally broadens our Board's perspective and his involvement with Companies at all stages of development will certainly be an asset with success in Greenland." About North American Nickel North American Nickel is a mineral exploration company with 100% owned properties in Maniitsoq, Greenland, Sudbury, Ontario, and the Thompson, Manitoba nickel belt. VMS Ventures Inc. (TSX VENTURE:VMS) owns 26M shares of NAN.The Maniitsoq property in Greenland is a district scale project. It comprises a 4,983 square km mineral exploration licence covering numerous high-grade nickel-copper sulphide occurrences associated with norite and other mafic-ultramafic intrusions. The 70km plus long belt is situated along, and near, the southwest coast of Greenland, which is ice free year round. The Post Creek/Halycon property in Sudbury is strategically located adjacent to the producing Podolsky copper-nickel-platinum group metal deposit of Quadra FNX Mining. The property lies along the extension of the Whistle Offset dyke structure. Such geological structures host major Ni-Cu-PGM deposits and producing mines within the Sudbury Camp. The Company has 100% ownership in the high-grade Ni-Cu-PGE South Bay property near Thompson, Manitoba and the large grassroots Thompson North and Cedar Lake properties, which are part of the world-class Thompson Nickel Belt in Manitoba. Statements about the Company's future expectations and all other statements in this press release other than historical facts are "forward looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and as that term defined in the Private Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company intends that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe harbours created thereby. Since these statements involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change at any time, the Company's actual results may differ materially from the expected results. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Rick MarkNorth American Nickel Inc.CEO and Chair604-986-2020 or Toll free: 1-866-816-0118www.northamericannickel.comNeither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.