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By Shane Lasley
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Rare earths are now being mined in Canada

Historic milestone reached with first scoop of Nechalacho ore North of 60 Mining News – July 9, 2021

 

Last updated 7/15/2021 at 2:54pm

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Bill Braden photo courtesy of Cheetah Resources Corp.

Standing in front of the TOMRA ore sorter at Nechalacho, Mine Manager Clarence Pyke explains how this machine upgrades rare earths ore by eliminating unmineralized rock.

On June 28, First Nations mining contractor Nahanni Construction Ltd. dug a scoop of ore from the North T open pit at Vital Metals Ltd.'s Nechalacho project in Northwest Territories that marked a momentous milestone – Canada is now a rare earths-producing nation.

This first REE ore mined at Nechalacho comes just two years after Australia-based Vital came up with a unique plan to take advantag...



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