Equinox Minerals Limited
TSX : EQN
ASX : EQN

Equinox Minerals Limited

December 12, 2006 10:30 ET

Equinox Added to Canadian S&P/TSX Composite Index, TSX Smallcap Index & Materials, Metals & Mining Sector Index

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 12, 2006) -

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Equinox Minerals Limited ("Equinox" or the "Company") (TSX:EQN) (ASX:EQN) is pleased to announce that Standard & Poor's Canadian Index Operations have published new index changes for the Canadian S&P/TSX Composite Index following their quarterly S&P/TSX Composite Index Review.

Effective at the open on Monday, December 18, 2006, Equinox will be added to the S&P/TSX Composite Index, the TSX SmallCap Index and the Materials, Metals & Mining Sector Index(1).

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(1) Source: Standard & Poor's Canadian Index Operations

Situated to the west of the world-renowned Copperbelt in Zambia, Equinox owns 100% of Lumwana. With proven and probable reserves totalling 321 million tonnes of ore grading at 0.73% Copper, Lumwana represents one of the largest fully permitted copper projects in the world currently in construction. The Lumwana mine remains on schedule to commission during Q2 2008.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors of Equinox:

Craig R. Williams - President & Chief Executive Officer

For information on Equinox and technical details on the Lumwana Project please refer to the company website at www.equinoxminerals.com

Cautionary Language and Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements", which are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Investors are cautioned that such statements are not guarantees of future performance and results. Risks and uncertainties about the Company's business are more fully discussed in the Company's disclosure documents filed from time to time with the Canadian and Australian securities authorities.


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