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 By Rose Ragsdale    News
Aerial view of drill rig testing for gold during the winter.

Seabridge redesigns project mine plan

Preliminary feasibility study envisions production of 2.5 million ounces of gold at Courageous Lake. Amid the recent surge of interest in mining lithium and rare earth elements, some companies... — Updated 4/4/2024 Full story

 
 By Rose Ragsdale    News
Geologists standing next to a rocky outcrop with gold-bearing quartz veins.

Junior seeks next Tombstone gold find

Stratabound changes name to Lode Gold Resources Ltd.; plans to spinout Canadian gold assets and reports 2024 exploration strategy. In recent market buzz about the emerging gold district in... — Updated 3/14/2024

 
 By Rose Ragsdale    News
A colorful sundog encircles the sun over a frozen plain in Canada’s North.

Proven hunter scents possible gold giant

As Nunavut officials hail the Canadian government's recent decision to grant devolution to the country's newest territory, one junior explorer is planning to undertake a summer exploration program... — Updated 3/6/2024

 
 By Rose Ragsdale    News
Map of the infrastructure near the Cabin Gold project in Northwest Territories.

Junior plans to sell Cabin Lake project

Shifting its immediate focus to potentially more lucrative opportunities in the lithium mining sector, Rover Metals Corp. reported plans Dec. 11 to put its Cabin Lake gold project in Northwest... — Updated 1/17/2024

 
A huge plume of black smoke above the Eagle Gold mine camp in Canada’s Yukon.

Gold, critical minerals top Yukon list

Raging wildfires and record hot temperatures challenged the well-laid plans of a score and more of mineral explorers in Canada's Yukon this year as the 2023 field season shifted into high summer.... — Updated 1/17/2024 Full story

 
Closeup of heavily mineralized core from critical minerals deposit in Canada.

Hunt for base, critical metals in Nunavut

Reading the tea leaves years ahead of many other investors, one junior is bringing its late-stage base and platinum group metals project in central Nunavut to the forefront of mineral exploration... — Updated 1/17/2024 Full story

 
Geologist exploring lithium enriched pegmatites in western Canada.

Bold explorer targets Yellowknife lithium

Armed with new leadership and a plan to rapidly explore and develop its lithium prospects in Canada, Li-FT Power Ltd., set out in late 2022 on a bold quest to confirm historical prospects of... — Updated 1/17/2024 Full story

 
Helicopters deliver water to battle wildfires near Yellowknife.

Wildfires upset NWT mineral exploration

With a summer marred by unprecedented wildfires behind them, companies exploring the mineral-rich Northwest Territories are reporting impressive results from their 2023 programs. Seeking new deposit... — Updated 1/17/2024 Full story

 
Aerial view of the world-class Mary River iron deposit in Nunavut.

Tenacious exploration delivers for Nunavut

As 2023 raced toward its final weeks, mining explorers working in Canada's northernmost territory wrapped up ambitious campaigns to identify new deposits of various lucrative minerals, ranging from... — Updated 1/17/2024 Full story

 
 By Rose Ragsdale    News
A valley lake in the mineral-rich mountains on the Yukon-NWT border.

Junior seeks to tame tungsten elephant

After establishing its position as a leading zinc-lead-silver explorer in northern Canada, Fireweed Metals Corp. set out in late 2022 to broaden its focus in both geography and commodities. Partly... — Updated 12/9/2023

 
 By Rose Ragsdale    News
Blue hardhat with BMC logo on a shelf at the Kudz Ze Kayah project in the Yukon.

BMC posts review for planned Yukon mine

After getting a conditional green light in 2022 from regulators to advance the proposed ABM Mine at its Kudz Ze Kayah property in Southeastern Yukon, BMC Minerals Ltd. has completed a favorable... — Updated 11/16/2023

 
 By Rose Ragsdale    News
Aerial view of the Meadowbank gold mine in Nunavut during the winter.

Strong economic forecast for Nunavut

Economists at the government of Nunavut are predicting major economic growth in Canada's northernmost territory next year, partly due to increased production and steady commodity prices in its... — Updated 10/19/2023

 
 By Rose Ragsdale    News
A highly colorful multi-layer outcrop from Blue Star's Penthouse prospect.

Junior posts promising results for Ulu

Early this summer, Blue Star Gold Corp. launched an exploration program, hoping to identify favorable prospects and advance targets on its landholdings in western Nunavut to drill-ready status for... — Updated 9/14/2023

 
 By Rose Ragsdale    News
Large rock face with lithium-bearing pegmatite seen through trees in NWT.

Lithium ignites exploration rush North

Potentially rich deposits of lithium in the terrain near Yellowknife, the capital of Northwest Territories, has spurred a small stampede of mining companies to Canada's north this summer as... — Updated 8/24/2023

 
 By Rose Ragsdale    News
Geologist hiking uphill to explore White Gold’s extensive properties.

White Gold intensifies elephant hunt

Amid renewed market interest in gold, White Gold Corp. recently reported increased mineral resource estimates for its flagship White Gold Project and unveiled plans for a 2023 exploration program... — Updated 7/20/2023

 
 By Rose Ragsdale    News
A ship loaded with iron ore mined at Mary River in Nunavut leaves Milne Inlet.

Revised plan for mining Mary River iron

Six months after the Canadian government rejected a plan to double approved output from the Mary River iron mine on Nunavut's Baffin Island, the mine's operator, Baffinland Iron Mines Corp., is... — Updated 6/22/2023

 
 By Rose Ragsdale    News
Aerial view of the Osisko’s work camp at the historic Pine Point zinc mine.

Firm closes deal to develop Pine Point

Osisko Metals Inc. has finalized a joint-venture agreement with one of the world's leading mining and metals investment advisors that could propel its Pine Point project in Northwest Territories... — Updated 5/11/2023

 
 By Rose Ragsdale    News
Looking north at a placer gold mine in the valley draining Mount Hinton, Yukon.

Project generator makes bold moves

Strategic Metals Ltd., surely the most active project generator in northern Canada, recently reported substantial mineral exploration and transaction activities in 2022 and early 2023. This... — Updated 4/13/2023

 
 By Rose Ragsdale    News
Aerial view of drill testing for uranium on tundra next to a fog covered lake.

Uranium explorers return to Far North

While lithium deposits are sparking fresh interest in Canada's northernmost territory, uranium is also spurring exploration companies to venture north this year to search for mineral riches in Nunav... — Updated 3/23/2023

 
 By Rose Ragsdale    News
Rocks representing lithium beside a tile with lithium's periodic table data.

Lithium-rich projects lure NWT explorers

Lured partly by proximity to infrastructure in Yellowknife, several companies moved in January to advance exploration in mineral-rich Northwest Territories. The explorers include seasoned diamond... — Updated 2/16/2023

 
A helicopter sits on a drill pad on a highly mineralized mountain in the Yukon.

Gold, silver lure pack to Yukon in 2022

Though effects of the COVID-19 pandemic lingered, mineral explorers rushed to the Yukon like moths to a flame during 2022. Mining's most daring sector rallied to generate the busiest field season... — Updated 2/2/2023 Full story

 
Massive chunks of blue bornite copper mineralization in a section of drill core.

Game-changing Storm copper discoveries

American West Metals Ltd. capped its first season of exploration drilling in Nunavut with the discovery of substantial copper mineralization at depth at Storm Copper, a development that the... — Updated 1/18/2023 Full story

 
A ribbon of green aurora arcs above Meliadine Mine building lit up at night.

Gold, copper lead Nunavut exploration

While a small group of dedicated explorers returned in 2022 to advance production and development projects in Nunavut, a growing number of newcomers fanned out across the northern territory in... — Updated 1/17/2023 Full story

 
Aerial view of the Nechalacho rare earths mine in Canada’s NWT.

Ramping up rare earths mining

Less than three years after bringing its ambition to mine rare earth elements to Canada, Vital Metals Ltd. is rapidly establishing its presence on the world stage as one of few miners of rare earth... — Updated 1/17/2023 Full story

 
A Nechalacho ore sorter operator looks over bags of rare earths concentrates.

Minerals hunt in NWT turns 'critical'

Mining activity in Northwest Territories held steady in 2022 despite constraints imposed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as a cadre of mainly junior mining companies took up the international... — Updated 1/17/2023 Full story

 

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