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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... — Updated 1/26/2023 Full story

 
 By Rose Ragsdale    News
A drill tests for copper on the side of a forested hill in southwest Yukon.

Exploring for energy metals in SW Yukon

Strategic Metals Ltd., a longtime project generator in the Yukon, is helping to spur industry interest in the prospectivity of the territory's southwestern region for critical minerals... — Updated 1/18/2023

 
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... — 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... — 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... — 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... — Updated 1/17/2023 Full story

 
 By Rose Ragsdale    News
Close up of the elements zinc, gallium, and germanium on the periodic table.

Fireweed targets Gayna River minerals

On the heels of its successful Macmillan Pass zinc-lead exploration play in eastern Yukon Territory, Fireweed Metals Corp. is making a bid to expand its project portfolio in what may be... — Updated 12/8/2022

 
Rocks enriched with critical minerals a the Nagvaak property in Nunavut.

Junior targets North of 60 green metals

Having identified 12 high-priority targets from high-resolution geophysical data, StrategX Elements Corp. is planning to conduct a first-phase, 2,000-meter diamond drill program on its... — Updated 11/17/2022

 
 By Rose Ragsdale    News
A map showing the location of Snowline Gold Corp.'s various properties.

Junior shines light on gold discoveries

Snowline Gold is unveiling an exciting new gold district in Canada’s Yukon. A little over 18 months after its organization, Snowline Gold Corp., a junior mining company with deep... — Updated 10/20/2022

 
 By Rose Ragsdale    News
A driller operates an underground rig at the Meliadine gold mine in Nunavut.

Agnico steps up exploration in Nunavut

Adds $30 million to 2022 budgets at Nunavut gold mines, projects Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd., now firmly established as a gold producer in Nunavut, is adding another US$30 million to an... — Updated 9/15/2022

 
 By Rose Ragsdale    News
Sixty North CEO David Webb and director Brian Malahoff at Mon property.

Junior explores nickel, cobalt showing

Sixty North Gold Mining Ltd. reported July 11 that crews moved onto its Mon Gold property in late June and began mapping and sampling a recent nickel and cobalt discovery situated about... — Updated 8/11/2022

 
 By Rose Ragsdale    News
Nugget gold exploration camp on Victoria Gold’s Dublin Gulch project.

Strong start to gold exploration in 2022

Dozens of prospectors and junior mining companies are trekking into the bush in Yukon Territory this field season, seeking the next big pot of gold in a fabled land rich with... — Updated 7/7/2022

 
 By Rose Ragsdale    News
Northern Lights at a rare earths mining operation in Northwest Territories.

Vital eyes more advances at Nechalacho

Though the 2022 field season is scarcely underway, Vital Metals Ltd., Canada's first rare earths producer, is already eyeing a second banner year at its Nechalacho REE mining operation... — Updated 6/27/2022

 
 By Rose Ragsdale    News
Copper, green from oxidization, lying amongst rocks at the Storm project.

Storm ore could deliver simple payday

American West Metals Ltd., a junior led by two mining industry veterans from Australia, has returned to the Arctic this year for a second field season in pursuit of rich deposits at the... — Updated 6/9/2022

 
 By Rose Ragsdale    News
Fireweed Zinc MacMillan Pass Yukon Brandon Macdonald Teck Resources Boundary

Giant Yukon zinc project taking shape

On the heels of a productive exploration season in 2021 at the MacMillan Pass Project in Yukon Territory, Fireweed Zinc Ltd. has attracted additional capital from lead shareholders,... — Updated 4/8/2022

 
 By Rose Ragsdale    News
North Arrow Minerals Nunavut Canada Naujaat diamond kimberlite mining yellow

Outlook glitters for Naujaat diamonds

With diamond prices climbing while global production is expected to remain flat through 2027, the outlook for diamond explorer North Arrow Minerals Inc. is shining bright. The company... — Updated 3/10/2022

 
Vital Metals North of 60 Mining News Data Mine North Mining Explorers magazine

Vital Metals logs rare earths first

When Vital Metals Ltd. purchased the rights to mine the mineral resources in the upper zones of the Nechalacho rare earth project from Avalon Rare Metals Inc. in 2019, the Australian... — Updated 2/24/2022 Full story

 
Nunavut Canada Mining Explorers 2021 magazine Data Mine North TMAC Resources

Nunavut exploration heats up in 2021

Mineral exploration activity in Nunavut intensified in 2021 as mining companies mounted larger and more extensive programs in response to stronger capital markets, government... — Updated 2/10/2022 Full story

 
 By Rose Ragsdale    News
Gold Terra Resource Yellowknife City Gold Project map NWT Canada 2022

Junior targets 2 million oz gold in 2022

As final assays of its productive 2021 exploration program roll in, Gold Terra Resource Corp. is working on a plan to boost the 1.2-million-ounce inferred resource of its Yellowknife... — Updated 2/10/2022

 
 By Rose Ragsdale    News
Pacific Ridge Fyre Lake BMC Minerals Kudz Za Kayah Yukon Teck Resources

Pacific Ridge amends Fyre Lake option

VANCOUVER – Pacific Ridge Exploration Ltd. Dec. 29 said it has amended the terms of an agreement that gives BMC Minerals Ltd. an option to purchase Pacific Ridge's Fyre Lake property in... — Updated 2/10/2022

 
Northwest Territories NWT Canada Mining Explorers 2021 Data Mine North magazine

Signs of NWT mineral exploration revival

Mineral exploration activity in Northwest Territories showed signs of revival in 2021, coming on the heels of the slowest year in recent memory. Excited by renewed interest in gold... — Updated 1/26/2022 Full story

 
Yukon YMEP Dublin Gulch eagle mineral exploration incentives

2021 Yukon exploration bounces back

Mining exploration and production activity soared in Yukon Territory in 2021 thanks to high metals prices, pro-industry government policies, and mounting successes in the field. Bouncing... — Updated 1/26/2022 Full story

 
Agnico Eagle Mines Nunavut Canada Data Mine North magazine Mining Explorers

Agnico pursues key goals in 2021

For Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd., 2021 proved to be a transformative year at its operations in Nunavut. The gold miner acquired a third mine in the Far North Canadian territory, completed... — Updated 1/26/2022 Full story

 
 By Rose Ragsdale    News
Angilak Lac 50 trend uranium exploration drill Nunavut Canada ValOre Metals

ValOre plans 2022 exploration at Angilak

In a move welcomed by investors, ValOre Metals Corp. plans to return to Nunavut to resume exploring its Angilak uranium project in 2022. A district-scale property covering a... — Updated 12/16/2021

 
 By Rose Ragsdale    News
NorZinc Northwest Territories Canada PEA Prairie Creek project Ausenco zinc lead

NorZinc races toward mine development

NorZinc Ltd. appears headed into the home stretch in its decades-long marathon to bring to production the Prairie Creek zinc mine project in southern Northwest Territories. The junior,... — Updated 11/4/2021

 

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