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True North Gems Engages MT Hojgaard for Development of Mine Permit Application for the Greenland Ruby Project

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 17, 2009) - True North Gems (TSX VENTURE:TGX) is pleased to announce that MT Hojgaard Greenland ApS ("MTH") has been engaged as the lead consulting agency to complete the requisite engineering plans and develop an exploitation (mining) permit application for the Company's Aappaluttoq Ruby Project located in the Fiskenaesset district, on the southwest coast of Greenland. MTH is part of MT Hojgaard a/s, who are one of Europe's leading construction companies with an extensive in-house design and engineering division.

MTH has been engaged for the preparation of engineering plans and documentation required in order to support the application for an Exploitation License (mining permit) for the Aappaluttoq Ruby Project. MTH will also work with True North's environmental consultants to co-ordinate the development of an Environmental Socio-economic Assessment study; a requisite part of the exploitation application. The exploitation permit application will be submitted to the Bureau of Minerals and Petroleum of Greenland ("BMP") in the coming months at which time it will be subject to a review process by the BMP and their consultants.

MT Hojgaard a/s is Denmark's leading engineering and construction contracting company with a workforce of more than 5,000 people. MT Hojgaard a/s has the professional knowledge, experience and resources to carry out civil engineering and construction projects worldwide.

Since 2005 in Greenland, MTH, in partnership with project owners, has successfully permitted, developed and operated an open pit mine in a region nearby True North's Fiskenaesset properties. The operation required the development of all necessary infrastructure including a harbour, roads, water and electricity supply, crew and camp etc.

MTH's experience and network in Greenland will be an important asset for True North in the permitting and exploitation (mining) license application process. The Company will benefit from MTH's comprehensive approach to mine planning, addressing the technical aspects of the entire project, divided into manageable stages and with exact specifications of everything from staffing and machinery to time schedules and budgets.

Ongoing exploration and development programs, and quality control programs at the Fiskenaesset and Qaqqatsiaq Ruby projects are under the supervision of True North Gems' technical team lead by Andrew Lee Smith, P.Geo., True North Gems' President and CEO, Rejane Amaral, M.Sc., FCGmA, Project Manager, Iain Groves, B.Sc., Senior Exploration Geologist, and Bonnie Weston, P.Geo. Mr. Smith and Ms Weston are Qualified Persons as defined by National Instrument 43-101.

Additional information and public documents about True North Gems, including images of 2008 exploration activities, can be viewed at the Company's website www.truenorthgems.com or at www.sedar.com.

True North Gems Inc. is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange and is engaged in the exploration and development of North American and Greenlandic coloured gemstone prospects. The Company is a pioneer in coloured gemstone exploration and, currently in Greenland, has the rights to earn 100% interest in the Fiskenaesset ruby and pink sapphire property, and holds a 100% interest in the Qaqqatsiaq ruby property, and in Canada, holds a 100% interest in the Tsa da Glisza emerald property, Yukon, and the Beluga sapphire property located on Baffin Island, Nunavut.

The Company relies on litigation protection for "forward-looking" statements. Certain technical information contained within this press release is 43-101 non-compliant by virtue of the fact that National Instrument 43-101 which governs public disclosure of technical information for mineral exploration properties in Canada is silent with respect to the exploration and technical disclosure of gemstone properties. The company employs high standards for the collection of geological information and exploration data, employs industry recognized professionals as qualified persons to provide oversight and management of the exploration programs and is committed to the implementation of QA/QC protocols to monitor the integrity of the technical information.



True North Gems Inc.
Andrew Lee Smith, P.Geo.
President and CEO
604-687-8055 or 1-800-399-8055
or
True North Gems Inc.
Ken Shortt
Investor Relations
604-687-8055 or 1-800-399-8055
info@truenorthgems.com
www.truenorthgems.com