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  • Front of roadside store with two enormous jade boulders in the parking lot.

    Province orders halt to NW BC jade mining

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 16, 2024

    Mining companies say provincial order is final nail in the coffin for the NW BC jade industry. British Columbia has banned any new jade mines in the northwestern corner of the province and has given companies mining this semi-precious stone in the area a five-year window to wind down operations. Provincial concerns over jade mining in northwestern B.C. began after receiving a 2020 letter from the Tahltan Central Government demanding the government take immediate steps to shut...

  • Looking down on steel buildings and modular camp on a snow-covered landscape.

    First Premier gold pour slated for April

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    Ascot raises $96.6 million to ramp Northern BC gold-silver mine to steady production; workers achieve impressive safety milestone. With the price of gold holding steady above $2,000 per ounce, Ascot Resources Ltd. is wrapping up the development of its Premier Mine and expects to pour the first gold at this newest iteration of the historic Northern British Columbia operation in April. "With project construction nearing completion and early commissioning underway, we eagerly ant...

  • Front of Northern BC roadside store with two large jade boulders.

    Northern BC jade miners sue province

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    Cassiar Jade and Glenpark seek reparations for financial losses due to being evicted from mining claims by Tahltan Nation, BC government. A pair of jade miners are taking British Columbia to court over monetary damages related to being evicted from their mining claims within the territory of the Tahltan First Nation in Northern B.C. In 2020, the B.C. government issued several orders under the provincial Environment and Land Use Act that sterilized and prohibited further... Full story

  • Banks of clouds above and below the Ascot mill on a winter day in BC.

    Ascot feeds gold ore into Premier mill

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    The newest mine in B.C.'s Golden Triangle remains on pace to pour its first gold later this month. Ascot Resources Ltd. April 5 began feeding ore into the mill at Premier, marking the official start of a new era of production at this historical gold-silver operation on Nisga'a Nation Treaty Lands at the southern tip of British Columbia's prolific Golden Triangle. Premier, which lies about 15 kilometers (nine miles) north of Stewart, B.C., is home to a past-producing gold mine...

  • A large rock sample with large veins of high-grade gold visible on the surface.

    Nisga'a Nation forms mine royalty company

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    Nations Royalty is positioned to be Canada's largest business majority owned by a First Nation, significant player in realm of mining royalties. Leveraging royalties it has received through benefits agreements for mine projects in Northern British Columbia, the Nisga'a Nation is forming a Canadian First Nations mining royalty company for Indigenous people. The Nisga'a Nation's lands and treaty area covers nearly 27,000 square kilometers (10,400 square miles) at the southern...

  • Tahltan equipment operators with an articulating truck used in mining.

    TD Bank supports Tahltan mine training

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jan 26, 2024

    Awards C$600,000 grant for TNDC's heavy equipment operator program that trains Tahltan residents for jobs in Northern BC. More Northern British Columbia residents will have the skills needed to work in Golden Triangle mines thanks to a C$600,000 grant from TD Bank Group to support the Tahltan Nation Development Corp.'s Heavy Equipment Operator program. "At TD, we want to help prepare people for the jobs of tomorrow by investing in organizations that offer skills training...

  • Aerial view of a large modular camp in BC’s Golden Triangle.

    Upgrading KSM to substantially started

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jan 26, 2024

    With $444 million invested over the past three years, Seabridge files an application to upgrade status of KSM, ensure the longevity of EAC. After investing nearly C$1 billion (US$740 million) into KSM over the past two decades, including C$444 million (US$328 million) over the past three years, Seabridge Gold Inc. has applied to have the status of this world-class gold-copper project in Northern British Columbia elevated to "substantially started." A substantially started... Full story

  • A drill tests for gold from atop a mountain ridge in Northern British Columbia.

    Goliath makes Surebet gold discoveries

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jan 25, 2024

    The more than 34,000 meters of drilling carried out last year at Golddigger significantly increased the size and grade of two already identified zones – Surebet and Bonanza Shear – and added the new Golden Gate Zone to the stacked vein systems on Goliath Resources Ltd.'s emerging world-class gold-silver project about 30 kilometers (19 miles) southeast of Stewart, British Columbia. "After only three drilling seasons and only 12 months in aggregate of boots on the ground, our...

  • A Canadian First Nation girl drives a virtual mining truck.

    TNDC unveils virtual HEO training center

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jan 25, 2024

    New heavy equipment operator training center equipped with cutting-edge simulators to train Tahltan residents for careers close to home. Northwest British Columbia residents now have a safe and virtual environment for heavy equipment operator training thanks to the new TNDC Training Centre equipped with four simulators that was unveiled by Tahltan Nation Development Corp. at the AME Roundup mining convention in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Jan. 24. "We are thrilled to... Full story

  • Large mine project camp on a beautiful summer day in Northern BC.

    Economically robust Eskay Creek Mine

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Nov 24, 2023

    Feasibility study details on open-pit mine slated to produce 2.8M oz of gold over first 12 years of mine. A definitive feasibility study for Eskay Creek details the economic and engineering parameters for a longer-life mine at this exciting gold-silver project in British Columbia's Golden Triangle that will generate strong financial returns for Skeena Resources Ltd., even at the higher costs of building the mine in today's inflationary environment. Under the base case...

  • Year-one graduating participants of the Tahltan HEO program.

    Tahltan celebrates HEO program success

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Nov 10, 2023

    Receives funding to train Tahltan heavy equipment operators; skills for enhanced opportunities. In an exciting move that will provide job opportunities for Tahltans and expand the mining workforce available in British Columbia's Golden Triangle, Tahltan Nation Development Corp. has received funding from the B.C. Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills – Indigenous Skills Training and Education Program to support a second year of the literal and figurative ground...

  • Heavily mineralized rock with veining and orange, red, and purple colorization.

    A fortunate bismuth-cobalt partnership

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Oct 19, 2023

    Rio Tinto, Fortune Minerals team up to recover critical minerals at Nico refinery in Alberta. To bolster the North American supply of critical minerals, global mining giant Rio Tinto and Canadian mine developer Fortune Minerals Ltd. are working to together to improve the recovery of bismuth and cobalt from ore and waste streams. "We are committed to find better ways to provide the materials the world needs to grow and decarbonize," said Rio Tinto Kennecott Managing Director...

  • A new solar array in front of hill with golden fall foliage in BC.

    TNDC installing solar at Schaft Creek

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Oct 17, 2023

    Tahltan Nation's business arm has partnered with Solvest to install solar systems at mining project in Tahltan Territory. With the goal of advancing clean energy in Northern British Columbia and adding to its business endeavors, Tahltan Nation Development Corp. has partnered with Solvest to identify and develop renewable solar power solutions that reduce diesel consumption and carbon emissions within the traditional territory of the Tahltan First Nation. "We are excited to... Full story

  • Geologist holds a loupe over a sample from the Turnagain nickel-cobalt deposit.

    Next step for Northern BC nickel project

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Oct 5, 2023

    PFS details a large nickel-cobalt mine with minimal net CO2 emissions at Turnagain project. With the completion of a prefeasibility study, Giga Metals Corp. and joint venture partner Mitsubishi Corp. are another step closer to developing a large nickel-cobalt mine with a low carbon footprint at the Turnagain project in Northern British Columbia. "We see a nickel project like Turnagain with low carbon intensity in a stable jurisdiction has a key role to play in the future of...

  • Grey drill core riddled with high-grade copper and gold mineralization.

    Growth at Newcrest's Northern BC mines

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Aug 3, 2023

    Increased copper and gold output at Red Chris and Brucejack; drilling shows promising future potential at both BC mines. As the finalization of its merger with Newmont Corp. looms on the horizon, Newcrest Ltd. reports increased metals production and abundant upside at its Red Chris and Brucejack mines in the Golden Triangle region of Northern British Columbia. "In May we reached an agreement for Newmont to acquire 100% of the issued shares in Newcrest," said Sherry Duhe, the i...

  • Coeur Silvertip sign in front of a building at the Silvertip Mine entrance.

    Coeur eyes bigger Silvertip potential

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 29, 2023

    Launches a 1.5- year program to explore wider potential of high-grade silver-zinc-lead project in Northern BC. With recent exploration indicating that the resource outlined at Silvertip may be just a portion of a much larger mineralized system, Coeur Mining Inc. is launching a comprehensive exploration program at this high-grade silver mine project in the northernmost reaches of British Columbia. Going into 2023, Silvertip hosted 7.04 million tons of measured and indicated...

  • A drill tests for silver at the Wolf deposit on the Kitsault Valley project.

    Dolly Varden preps for 45,000m program

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Apr 26, 2023

    To follow up on the success of its 2022 exploration at Kitsault Valley, Dolly Varden Silver Corp. is mobilizing five rigs to complete up to 45,000 meters of resource expansion and exploration drilling across this precious metals-rich project in Northern British Columbia. Located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) southeast of Stewart, BC, the 63-square-mile (163 square kilometers) Kitsault Valley project is an amalgamation of Dolly Varden's namesake project and the adjacent Homest...

  • A braided section of the Taku River runs alongside fall foliage in Northern BC.

    Tlingit declares Taku River protection

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jan 23, 2023

    First Nation seeks balance between conservation and mineral extraction in area important to the Taku River Tlingit way of life. To help preserve an intact ecosystem within the Taku River watershed, the Tak'hu River Tlingit have declared an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area that covers roughly 18,000 square kilometers (7,000 square miles) within their traditional territory in Northern British Columbia. "Tak'hu (Taku) River Tlingit have a sacred relationship with our... Full story

  • The miners walking underground at the Premier gold-silver mine in Northern BC.

    Ascot secures Premier gold mine funding

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Dec 22, 2022

    C$200M financing package provides cash needed to restart operations at Northern BC gold-silver mine. Having pulled together a C$200 million (US$147 million) financing package, Ascot Resources Ltd. is now positioned to begin commissioning the mill at Premier by this time next year and reach commercial production at the gold-silver mine in Northern British Columbia early in 2024. The company had originally planned to begin a new era of mining at Premier by now but was unable to...

  • The Brucejack mill facility in the midst of glaciated mountains in Northern BC.

    Blemish to Newcrest's progress in BC

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Nov 3, 2022

    Miner fatality at Brucejack puts a hold on plans to ramp up Golden Triangle mining. Newcrest Mining Ltd.'s Red Chris and Brucejack mines in British Columbia's Golden Triangle produced 101,636 ounces of gold and 19.2 million pounds of copper during the third quarter of 2022. The precious and base metals output at the Australia-based company's two Northern BC operations, however, was overshadowed by an Oct. 22 fatality at Brucejack, the newest addition to Newcrest's portfolio....

  • Highly mineralized core from drilling at Eskay Creek gold-silver mine project.

    Study affirms robust Eskay Creek Mine

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Sep 22, 2022

    A feasibility study for developing a mine at Skeena Resources Ltd.'s Eskay Creek has confirmed that developing an open pit mine at this historic gold-silver project in British Columbia's Golden Triangle remains profitable in today's inflationary environment, even if the price of gold dropped to US$1,400 per ounce and silver was selling for a mere US$14/oz. At US$1,700/oz gold and US$19/oz silver, the open pit mined detailed in the Eskay Creek feasibility study prepared for...

  • Mineral exploration drill rig glowing yellow from lights shining through canvas.

    A 72-year mining opportunity at KSM

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Aug 11, 2022

    Following the 33 years of surface mining outlined in a recent prefeasibility study, the KSM project in British Columbia's Golden Triangle would still have enough resources to support an additional 39 years of underground mining, according to a new preliminary economic assessment prepared for Seabridge Gold Inc. In early July, Seabridge published the results of a prefeasibility study for an open-pit mining operation at KSM that would produce an average of more than 1 million...

  • A geologist investigates a copper-stained outcrop in BC’s Golden Triangle.

    Drilling tests Core Assets' Blue targets

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 28, 2022

    Leveraging substantial advancements in the understanding of porphyry, skarn, and carbonate replacement type deposits over the past 40 years, Core Assets Corp. is making news discoveries at the long overlooked Blue property in British Columbia's Golden Triangle. Located in the gold-rich Atlin Mining District, Blue is a 111,649-hectare (275,890 acres) land package covering high-grade skarn and carbonate replacement and porphyry prospects enriched with silver, gold, copper,...

  • A drill tests a gold-copper-silver-molybdenum deposit in Northern BC.

    New KSM mine plan comes to surface

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 7, 2022

    An updated prefeasibility study details plans for a financially robust mining operation at Seabridge Gold Inc.'s KSM project in British Columbia's Golden Triangle that will produce an average of more than 1 million ounces of gold, 3 million oz of silver, 178 million pounds of copper and 4.2 million lb of molybdenum annually for 33 years. Unlike a PFS completed in 2016, this new study does not include block cave mining of the deeper resource found at the world-class deposit....

  • Crews survey new underground mine development at the Premier gold project in BC.

    Window closes on 2023 Premier Mine start

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 23, 2022

    Just as Ascot Resources Ltd. was entering the home stretch of reestablishing a mine at Premier, the company has been forced to curtail some of the summer construction work needed to put the historic Northern British Columbia gold-silver mine back into operation early in 2023. This slowdown at Premier, which will likely delay the first gold pour by a year, is due to a lack of adequate financing to complete the tailings dam, new water treatment plant, and other projects that nee...

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