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

    US, Canada back Fortune's NICO project

    Shane Lasley|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Marks first time ever that U.S. and Canadian governments co-invest in development of North American critical mineral projects. The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) are investing a combined $12 million into establishing a vertically integrated critical minerals supply chain in Canada that includes a mine at Fortune Minerals Ltd.'s NICO cobalt-gold-bismuth-copper project in Northwest Territories and associated hydrometallurgical refinery in...

  • An aerial photo of Rio Tinto’s completed Diavik solar farm.

    Rio Tinto's Diavik solar plant goes live

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Clean energy will reduce emissions at Diavik Diamond Mine in its remaining years. After little more than half a year since announcing plans to build the largest solar power plant in Canada's remote north, Rio Tinto reports the completion of its 3.5-megawatt solar facility at the company's Diavik diamond mine in Northwest Territories, Canada. Nearly six months after the February start of construction, this significant project has reached completion and is ready to enhance the m...

  • A mine worker in high visibility coveralls and hard hat monitors operations.

    SRC buys Canada's first rare earths ore

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 27, 2024

    High-grade REE concentrate previously destined for China is now on its way to Saskatchewan for further processing. As home to the first rare earths mine in Canada, Vital Metal Ltd.'s Nechalacho project in Northwest Territories grabbed national headlines as the initial link of a burgeoning rare earth supply chain that would be completely independent of China. With this being hailed as a major milestone for Canada and its allies, Vital's announcement late last year that it...

  • Aerial view of drill rig testing for gold during the winter.

    Seabridge redesigns project mine plan

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    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 exploring the Northwest Territories remain focused on gold. Seabridge Gold Inc., for example, is revisiting its long-held Courageous Lake Gold Project more than a decade after shelving an initial mineral resource estimate and preliminary economic assessment of the venture in 2012....

  • A Northwestern Air Jetstream in Edmonton, Canada.

    Diavik plane crash leaves NWT reeling

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Routine flight turns tragedy as six reported dead after crash; authorities, Rio Tinto seek to determine cause. A routine trip on a small Jetstream aircraft on its way to Rio Tinto's Diavik diamond mine turned to tragedy when the flight crashed shortly after takeoff near Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. "We have been informed by authorities that a plane on its way to our Diavik mine, carrying a number of our people, crashed near Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, Canada,...

  • Map of the infrastructure near the Cabin Gold project in Northwest Territories.

    Junior plans to sell Cabin Lake project

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Jan 17, 2024

    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 Territories up for sale after nearly five years of exploration. The 400-hectare (988 acres) Cabin Lake project is located about 110 kilometers (69 miles) northwest of Yellowknife, the territory's capital, and 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of the community of Behchokǫ̀. Rover M...

  • Burst of green northern lights over a crusher at the Nechalacho rare earth mine.

    Chinese firm buys Canada's rare earths

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Dec 31, 2023

    Shenghe acquires ore stockpile that symbolized a shift away from China for REEs critical to North America's green energy and high-tech sectors. High-grade ore dug up from a small open pit at Vital Metal Ltd.'s Nechalacho project in the summer of 2021 marked the start of Canada's first rare earth elements mine and the first link in an REE supply chain that was envisioned to be completely independent of China. "The combination of our efforts clearly work together towards the...

  • Green bands of aurora in the winter sky above sign in front of Nechalacho camp.

    Shenghe invests in Canada rare earth mine

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Nov 22, 2023

    Vital Metals turns to Chinese firm to fund Nechalacho, home to first REE mine in Canada. Drifting further away from the original vision of establishing a rare earths supply chain in Canada that would help to break the West's heavy reliance on China for this suite of tech elements, Vital Metals Ltd. has turned to Shenghe Resources Holding Co., Ltd. for funding that will allow the Australia-based REE mining company to move forward with its plans for a larger mine at its...

  • A Vital Metals worker walks toward tents illuminated by the morning sun.

    Vital Canadian REE company is bankrupt

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Oct 19, 2023

    Over the course of two short years, Vital Metals Ltd. has fallen from a visionary mining company pioneering a first-ever rare earth supply chain in Canada to a delisted Australian firm struggling to reclaim some of its former glory at the Nechalacho rare earths mine in Northwest Territories. Vital Metals reached a pinnacle when its Canadian subsidiary Cheetah Resource Corp. began mining ore from the high-grade North T deposit at Nechalacho during the summer of 2021, forging...

  • Photo taken through car windshield by evacuee in line of cars under red sky.

    Wildfire forces Yellowknife evacuation

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    Blaze could reach NWT capital by weekend, 20,000 residents leave; one mining camp burned, wildfires disrupt entire mining sector. The already severe fire conditions across the Great Slave Lake region of Northwest Territories has taken a turn for the worse, prompting Canadian officials to order the 20,000 residents of Yellowknife to evacuate the territorial capital. Northwest Territories Minister of Environment and Climate Change Shane Thompson said "the fire burning west of...

  • The outcropping Southwest Fi pegmatite dyke dwarfs the drill testing it.

    Li-FT shifts gears during NWT wildfires

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Aug 24, 2023

    Investigates Cali lithium project in western NWT; to resume drilling at Yellowknife once the smoke clears. Despite the need to evacuate its Hidden Lake exploration camp due to the extreme wildfire situation in and around the Northwest Territories capital of Yellowknife, Li-FT Power Ltd. has had a productive year of lithium exploration in the territory and plans to build on this success as soon as it is safe to do so. Before the mid-August decision to move its people,...

  • Dozens of solar panels lined out in a snowy field.

    Sunshine to power Diavik's sunset years

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Aug 24, 2023

    Rio Tinto to build largest solar plant in Canada's North at diamond mine. Signaling its commitment to clean renewable energy, mining powerhouse Rio Tinto announced its intention to construct the largest solar power plant in Canada's North at its Diavik Diamond Mine – more than 6,600 solar panels that are expected to provide up to 25% of the electricity needed at this iconic operation in Northwest Territories. "I am delighted that we will be significantly increasing our renewab...

  • Large rock face with lithium-bearing pegmatite seen through trees in NWT.

    Lithium ignites exploration rush North

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Aug 24, 2023

    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 worldwide demand for the critical mineral accelerates. At least seven companies have reported exploration programs underway this field season on lithium projects near Yellowknife. Lithium is an important mineral for green energy technologies, and net-zero emissions will require greater...

  • Large pegmatite dwarfs drill rig testing the lithium-enriched dyke at depth.

    Li-FT drills 39 meters of 1.13% lithium

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 28, 2023

    Assays from the first five holes of Li-FT Power Ltd.'s inaugural drill program at Yellowknife Lithium have begun to confirm what is apparent on the surface, this project east of Northwest Territories' capital city is home to globally significant quantities of lithium-rich pegmatites. With the world demanding enormous quantities of lithium for electric vehicle batteries, Li-FT amassed a 141,572-hectare (349,832 acres) land package covering some of the most prospective targets...

  • Large pegmatite dwarfs drill rig testing the lithium-enriched dyke at depth.

    Li-FT launches drilling at Yellowknife

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 15, 2023

    With its treasury full and a definitive exploration agreement with the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, Li-FT Power Ltd. has launched a 45,000-meter drill program aimed at unlocking the obvious but underexplored potential of the large pegmatites – igneous rocks with exceptionally large crystals that are the major global source of the lithium mineral spodumene – spanning its Yellowknife Lithium project in Northwest Territories. "We are thrilled to have started the drill pro...

  • A large clear gem-quality diamond recovered from Diavik Mine in Canada’s NWT.

    Celebrating 20 years of Diavik diamonds

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 18, 2023

    Rio Tinto reflects on extraordinary people, spirit and innovation behind Far North Canada diamond mine. Rio Tinto celebrates the extraordinary people, award-winning innovation, and pioneering spirit behind the 20 years of producing brilliant diamonds at the Diavik Mine in Canada's Northwest Territories. Discovered during the great Canadian diamond rush in the 1990s, Diavik began commercially producing diamonds in 2003. Over the ensuing two decades, Diavik has produced over...

  • Aerial view of the Osisko’s work camp at the historic Pine Point zinc mine.

    Firm closes deal to develop Pine Point

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated May 11, 2023

    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 into becoming one of the top-10 zinc-lead producing mines in the world. Inked in late February, the estimated C$100 million deal with Appian Capital Advisory LLP, a unit of Appian Natural Resources Fund III LP, won speedy approval from Osisko Metals' shareholders in mid-March....

  • A 71.3-carat yellow diamond with a gemologist loupe and tweezers.

    Burgundy set to buy Ekati diamond mine

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Mar 23, 2023

    Agrees to $136M deal to acquire full ownership of Northern Canada diamond mine. Toward its goal of building a balanced portfolio of the world's best diamond projects in favorable jurisdictions, Australia-based Burgundy Diamond Mines has agreed to pay US$136 million (A$209 million) to acquire full ownership of Arctic Canadian Diamond Company Ltd.'s world-class Ekati Diamond Mine and other interests in Canada's Northwest Territories. "This is an exciting and transformational...

  • Rocks representing lithium beside a tile with lithium's periodic table data.

    Lithium-rich projects lure NWT explorers

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Feb 16, 2023

    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 and now rare earths hunter North Arrow Minerals Inc., NWT newcomer Gama Explorations Inc., and ambitious junior Gold Terra Resource Corp. North Arrow Jan. 30 reported acquiring a 100% ownership interest in the DeStaffany lithium property from NWT project generator Parnac Resources...

  • Cheetah Resources and YK Car Share representatives on a snowy Yellowknife day.

    Cheetah supports Yellowknife EV sharing

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jan 26, 2023

    In a move that helps provide a tangible link between the rare earth elements produced in Northwest Territories and the green technologies they enable, Cheetah Resources is sponsoring an electric vehicle rideshare cooperative in the NWT capital of Yellowknife. The YK Car Share Co-op allows members to rent an EV charged with the predominantly hydroelectricity that feeds the power grid in Yellowknife for $10 per hour. "Electric vehicles and car sharing reduces the environmental...

  • As the sun sets, crews mine rare earths ore from a deposit at Nechalacho in NWT.

    A Vital pivot in rare earths strategy

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jan 12, 2023

    Following an AU$45 million (US$31.6 million) infusion of cash in July, Vital Metals Ltd. has gone through some significant changes that are being reflected in a new strategy that slows the ramp-up of production at the company's rare earths separation plant in Saskatchewan and focuses the company's resources on expanding production at its Nechalacho Mine in Canada's Northwest Territories. Shortly following this financing anchored by AU$30 million (US$21 million) contributed by...

  • Lithium periodic symbol, rocks, and batteries made from the critical metal.

    Li-FT for Northwest Territories lithium

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jan 5, 2023

    Li-FT Power Ltd., a relatively new junior exploration company led by a team with a track record of discovering and financing mineral projects, has acquired an exciting hardrock lithium project that covers most of the Yellowknife Pegmatite Province in Northwest Territories. The Yellowknife lithium project covers at least 14 pegmatites – igneous rocks with exceptionally large crystals that are the major source of hardrock lithium worldwide – on mineral leases that are 30 kil...

  • Close up of the elements zinc, gallium, and germanium on the periodic table.

    Fireweed targets Gayna River minerals

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Dec 8, 2022

    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 an astute move. Studying the region's geology, the junior jumped territorial boundaries to stake nearly 129 square kilometers (50 square miles) of lapsed claims covering all historic showings and anomalies of the historical Gayna River zinc-lead-gallium-germanium project in Northwest...

  • A geologist loupe and yellow diamond recovered from the Gahcho Kué Mine.

    Mountain Province sees up, downs in Q2

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 28, 2022

    Strong diamond prices are helping Mountain Province Diamonds Inc. overcome higher diesel costs, a slower-than-expected post-COVID ramp up of operations, and a primary crusher bearing failure during the first quarter at the Gahcho Kué diamond mine in Northwest Territories. During the second quarter of 2022, Gahcho Kué produced 1.26 million carats of diamonds, which is a 6% improvement over the first quarter but down 29% from the second quarter of 2021. This sharp decrease compa...

  • No. 74 on the periodic table, tungsten is known for its hardness and durability.

    Fireweed Zinc cuts deal to buy Mactung

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 16, 2022

    Fireweed Zinc Ltd. has agreed to buy the Mactung tungsten project from the Northwest Territories government for C$15 million (US$11.8 million), an acquisition that further expands the company's growing portfolio of critical mineral assets. Mactung lies within the traditional territories of the Kaska Dena and First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun, as well as the Sahtu Dene and Métis land claims settlement area of western Northwest Territories. This critical metal property s...

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