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One of North Arrow's exquisite fancy yellow diamonds held with tweezers.

Fancy diamonds aid North Arrow mining

With diamond markets rebounding from the COVID-19 downturn, North Arrow Minerals Inc. and partner Burgundy Diamond Mines Ltd. have continued to demonstrate the value of the fancy yellow... — Updated 1/26/2023

 
Geologists inspect a hill in the foreground of the beautiful Yukon wilderness.

A year of explosive growth for Fireweed

Whether it is expanding its zinc-lead-silver resources on its flagship Macmillan Pass project in the Yukon, gaining a better understanding of its newly acquired Mactung tungsten project... — Updated 1/26/2023

 
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... — Updated 1/26/2023

 
Geologist uses loupe to examine drill core from gold exploration at Yellowknife.

Gold Terra grows Yellowknife resources

Looking to expand the resources at the Yellowknife City Gold projects, Gold Terra Resource Corp. 2022 exploration included drilling on its Con Option and Northbelt properties, which are... — Updated 1/21/2023

 
A colorful sunset paints the horizon orange at the Graphite Creek project in AK.

North to the critical mineral future

The increasing number of electric vehicles charged with renewable energy, connected to 5G networks, and boasting the computing power of 200 laptops to autonomously traverse global... — Updated 1/20/2023

 
A trench dug out along the crest of a hill at Sitka Gold's RC Gold project.

Sitka Gold hits Blackjack on Yukon belt

Sitka Gold Corp. has been advancing its RC Gold project within the geologically fertile and highly prospective Tombstone Gold Belt region of Canada's Yukon. RC is an intrusion-related gol... — Updated 1/18/2023

 
Three geologists collect soil samples at a Blue Star Gold project in Nunavut.

Elevating Blue Star Gold drill targets

While drills targeted the expansion and upgrade of established gold resources at Ulu, Blue Star Gold Corp.'s geological team focused on elevating other targets across the company's Ulu,... — Updated 1/18/2023

 
Worker pouring molten gold and silver or doré from Victoria Gold's Eagle mine.

A difficult year does not stop Victoria

Despite a year riddled with cold weather, equipment malfunction, and even territory fires, Victoria Gold Corp. maintained a steadfast view of the horizon for its Eagle Gold Mine, doing ev... — Updated 1/18/2023

 
Workers at a drill pad at Banyan Gold's AurMac property in Yukon, Canada.

Banyan connects dots to expand AurMac

Looking to add to the 4 million ounces of gold it has already outlined at AurMac, Banyan Gold Corp.'s 2022 drill program systematically expanded the footprint of the Powerline and Aurex... — Updated 1/18/2023

 
Aerial view of the George exploration camp on the Back River gold project.

New mine, exploration strategy for Sabina

Following three generations of exploration spanning four decades, Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. is moving forward with the development of the Goose gold mine on its Back River project... — Updated 1/18/2023

 
Female technician takes closer look at gold in core with a geologist loupe.

Agnico invests $90M in exploring Nunavut

Continuing a tradition of robust investments to unlock the enormous gold potential on its Nunavut properties, Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. budgeted more than US$90 million on exploring this... — Updated 1/18/2023

 
Aerial view of the Prairie Creek zinc mine site during the winter.

NorZinc blazes road to Prairie Creek Mine

In preparation for a new era of mining at Prairie Creek, NorZinc Ltd. carried out a roughly 5,300-meter drill program in 2022 focused on gathering geological and other data needed for an... — Updated 1/18/2023

 
Nighthawk Gold CEO using a geologist loupe to take a closer look at drill core.

Nighthawk eyes hub-and-spoke gold mine

Toward its primary goal of expanding near-surface high-grade gold at Indin Lake, Nighthawk Gold Corp. completed 40,085 meters of drilling within the Colomac Centre and higher-grade... — Updated 1/18/2023

 
A drill tests for high-grade VMS mineralization from a mountainside at Palmer.

American Pacific joins Alaska explorers

With the buyout of Constantine Metal Resources Ltd., American Pacific Mining Corp. gained a roughly 45% ownership of the Palmer zinc-copper-silver-gold-barite mine project in Southeast... — Updated 1/18/2023

 
Core stacks left behind at Pine Point when operations shut down in the 60s.

Osisko explores energy metals potential

With dewatering plans, an updated preliminary economic assessment, and updated mineral resource estimate out of the way, Osisko Metals Inc. has been exploring ways to maximize the... — Updated 1/18/2023

 
Drill on mountain ridge above the clouds, tests the Arctic Mine deposit in AK.

Advancing Arctic and the Ambler District

Ambler Metals LLC, a joint venture company equally owned by Trilogy and South32 Ltd., invested roughly US$28.5 million into a 2022 exploration program that included 10,738 meters of... — Updated 1/18/2023

 
The Red Dog Mine processing facilities reflect off the water on a summer day.

Teck launches Zinc Satellite Initiative

The global transition to renewable energy is demanding enormous quantities of copper and zinc, two metals that are a specialty of Teck Resources Ltd. To help leverage its global... — Updated 1/18/2023

 
A 151.6-carat fancy yellow diamond recovered from the Gahcho Kué mine.

Surprise Gahcho Kué kimberlite discovery

In its effort to identify and delineate diamond-rich kimberlites that will extend the life of Gahcho Kué Mine in Northwest Territories beyond 2030, Mountain Province Diamonds Inc. is... — Updated 1/18/2023

 
An old mine cart on a rail outside the historic Keno Hill mine.

Hecla shows what makes it top silver maker

Keeping stride as the largest silver producer in North America, Hecla Mining Company not only reported its second-largest silver reserves in its 130-year history but also added a highly p... — 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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
A colorful sunset backdrops a graphite exploration camp in Alaska.

Graphite One advances US supply strategy

Pushes ahead AK mine, WA plant to meet vast EV battery demand. As automakers look to secure the graphite required for lithium-ion batteries that will power the hundreds of millions of ele... — Updated 1/17/2023

 
A brilliant Aurora display at the end of a snow-covered road in the North.

End of the road for critical minerals

Has the discovery and development of the mines essential to meeting the massive demand for battery metals, copper, rare earths, and other critical minerals reached the end of the road?... — Updated 1/17/2023

 

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