Canagold Resources Ltd. (TSX: CCM) (OTC-QB:CRCUF) (Frankfurt: CANA) is pleased to announce its high-grade gold assay results for 21 drill holes from the recently completed 9,000-metre drill program which has confirmed the high-grade and near-surface gold potential of the Y-Vein System at New Polaris.
Highlights of gold mineralized intervals and true widths
The results from the Y-vein infill drill holes confirm the high-grade gold potential of the Y19 and Y20 veins, especially at shallower depths and over a strike length of 300 m that remains open to the north and the south. Grades and widths vary from very high-grade intervals, such as 53.8 gpt Au over a true width of 2.03 m from 63.92 m in hole P22Y10, to significant true widths of 5.66 m @ 9.64 gpt Au in hole P22Y09 for the Y20 vein. Both fit well within the resource parameters for the 2019 preliminary economic assessment mine plan*.
Intervals of 18.0 gpt Au over 5.64 m down hole at 120.08 m in hole P2215W1 and 19.5 gpt Au over 0.3 m down hole from 148.20 m in hole P22Y07A in previously unmodeled veins are indicative of the en echelon nature of the Y vein system. The final drill hole of P22Y25 was designed to intercept Y19 at a depth of 400 m below surface, 50 m deeper than any previous drill hole and returned an encouraging interval of 7.54 gpt Au over 4.15 m. The presence of parallel Y-veins with high-grade gold now being delineated by deeper drilling prove the continuation of the Y19 vein to depths that highlight the potential for the system to yield additional ounces of gold to the resource.
“Our high-grade drilling results demonstrate the significant potential for adding more ounces of gold from a new zone that is both completely separate and nearer to the surface in the C-West Main vein,” said Catalin Kilofliski, Canagold CEO. “It’s a most welcome and rewarding development for all of us at New Polaris as the Y-veins were not originally part of the mine plan from the 2019 Preliminary Economic Assessment. It is a further testament to the support we have received from all of our project stakeholders, including Company shareholders, Sun Valley Investments, our largest shareholder, the local community and the Taku River Tlingit First Nation.”
The drill program was completed at the end of November, 2022 with a total of 8,940 metres drilled in 28 diamond core drill holes. One of the holes was designed to collect geotechnical data for underground development purposes as part of the feasibility study, and two additional holes were used to test a limestone unit that outcrops just south of the New Polaris deposit for possible use in ore processing. Three more drill holes targeted the C-vein system to improve the drill spacing at key locations. A total of 25 drill holes targeted the shallow high-grade Y-vein system.
The Y-vein system has two parallel, steeply dipping veins striking north–south (Y19 and Y20 veins) located just north of the main resource of the C-West Main vein. By infilling the previous drilling, the recently completed drill holes will improve the resource category from inferred to indicated level for inclusion in the feasibility study being conducted by Ausenco Engineering.
Technical Studies Update:
The New Polaris Feasibility Study and the Environmental Assessment application preparations are progressing. Entry into the BC Environmental Assessment process is targeted for later in February and completion of the Feasibility Study is expected to take about 12 months. Ausenco Engineering is conducting the Feasibility Study and Ausenco Sustainability the Environmental Assessment work.
The Company would like to announce that Mr. Mihai Draguleasa will join the Company as Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary, effective immediately. Mr. Draguleasa is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) with over fifteen years of accounting experience. He earned his CPA in Vancouver, British Columbia, while working in the multinational public accounting firms Deloitte and Ernst & Young. His mining related financial work experience at Deloitte and Ernst & Young included due diligence reviews, audits, and tax recoveries projects for large and medium mining companies.
Mr. Draguleasa replaces Mr. Philip Yee, who has resigned from his CFO and Corporate Secretary positions with the Company. The Board of Directors thanks Mr. Yee for his service and wishes him success in his future endeavours.
*The New Polaris resource is contained within a preliminary economic assessment report which was prepared by Moose Mountain Technical Services in the format prescribed by NI43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects and filed on SEDAR April 18, 2019.
|Table 1: Drill Core Sample Results Details|
|Section||Vein||Hole ID||From (m)||To (m)||Interval
Table 2: Drill Hole Collar Information
|Section||Hole ID||Mine East
NAD83 Z8 (m)
NAD83 Z8 (m)
New Polaris Overview
Canagold’s flagship asset is the 100% owned New Polaris Gold Mine project located in northwestern British Columbia about 100 kilometres south of Atlin, B.C. and 60 kilometres northeast of Juneau, Alaska. The property consists of 61 contiguous Crown-granted mineral claims and one modified grid claim covering 850 hectares. New Polaris lies within the Taku River Tlingit First Nation traditional territory. Canagold is committed to providing employment and business opportunities that help support the local economies in the vicinity of its exploration projects.
The New Polaris gold deposit is an early Tertiary, mesothermal gold-bearing vein system occupying shear zones cross-cutting late Paleozoic andesitic volcanic rocks. It was mined by underground methods from 1938 to 1942, and again from 1946 to early 1951, producing approximately 245,000 oz gold from 740,000 tonnes of ore at an average grade of 10.3 gpt gold. Three main veins (“AB, C and Y”) were mined to a maximum depth of 150 m and have been traced by drilling for up to 1,000 m along strike and up to 800 m down dip, still open for expansion. The gold occurs dominantly in finely disseminated arsenopyrite within quartz-carbonate stock-work veins and altered wall-rocks. Individual mineralized zones extend up to 250 metres in length and 14 meters in width. Average widths more commonly range from 2 to 5 metres.
Drill Core Sampling and Quality Assurance – Quality Control Program
Drill core is geologically logged to identify the gold mineralized zones that are allocated unique sample number tickets and marked for cutting using a purpose-built diamond blade rock saw. Half core samples are collected in labelled bags and the other half remains in the original core box stored on site. Quality control (QC) samples including certified reference material standards, blanks and duplicates are inserted into the sample sequence at intervals of one in ten on a rotating basis to monitor laboratory performance and provide quality assurance (QA) of the assay results. Several sample bags are transported together in rice bags with unique numbered security tags attached and labelled with Company and lab contact information to ensure sample security and chain of custody during shipment to the lab.
The samples are submitted to the ALS Geochemistry lab in Yellowknife, NT for preparation and assaying. The entire sample is crushed to 70% passing -2 millimeters and a 250 gram aliquot is split and pulverized to 85% passing -75 microns. Analysis for gold is by 30 gram fire assay and gravimetric finish. A suite of 30 other elements including arsenic, antimony, sulfur and iron are analyzed by aqua-regia digestion Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-AES). ALS Canada Ltd. is accredited by the Standards Council of Canada and is an ISO/IEC 9001:2015 and 17025:2017 certified analytical laboratory in North America.
Garry Biles, P.Eng, President & COO for Canagold Resources Ltd, is the Qualified Person who reviewed and approved the contents of this news release.
Canagold Resources Ltd. is a growth-oriented gold exploration company focused on advancing the New Polaris Project through feasibility and permitting. Canagold is also seeking to grow its assets base through future acquisitions of additional advanced projects. The Company has access to a team of technical experts that can help unlock significant value for all Canagold shareholders.
New Polaris Deposit Overview (Graphic: Business Wire)
Y-Vein Drilling Plan Map (Graphic: Business Wire)
Y19 Vein Longitudinal Section (Graphic: Business Wire)
Y20 Vein Longitudinal Section (Graphic: Business Wire)
Cross Section 1200 (Graphic: Business Wire)
Cross Section 1250 (Graphic: Business Wire)
Cross Section 1300 (Graphic: Business Wire)
Cross Section 1350 (Graphic: Business Wire)
Cross Section 1400 (Graphic: Business Wire)
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