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The Property, which comprises three hundred sixty (360) contiguous claims, is rectangular-shaped and covers approximately seventy-four hundred hectares (7,390.69 ha) on parts of National Topographic System (NTS) map sheets 42L10 and 42L07.
Greenstone, which stretches along Highway 11 from Lake Nipigon to Longlac and covers 2,767.19 km2, has a population of 4,636 according to the 2016 Canadian Census and is the administrative office of the band government for the Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek First Nation, which owns the Property.
The amalgamated town was formed in 2001, and combines the former Townships of Beardmore and Nakina, the communities of Beardmore, Caramat, Geraldton, Jellicoe, Longlac, Macdiarmid, Nakina and Orient Bay, and large unincorporated parts of the Unorganized Thunder Bay District.
The approximate centre of the Property has Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) coordinates 521524 East, 5596370 North, in Zone 16 of the 1983 North American Datum (NAD83) geoide, equivalent to Latitude 50°31’08” North by Longitude 86°41’47” West.
The Nakina Lithium project is road accessible via the seasonal Maun Lake forest access road. The project is located approximately 90km north of the Town of Geraldton and 300km northeast of Thunder Bay.
The Nakina Property covers 7,390 hectares over 360 mineral tenures within the Northern Thunder Bay Mining Division of the western Archean Superior Province.
The Property is underlain by a 10 by 13km granitic body (the Maytham-Queenston lakes pegmatitic pluton) noted to contain lithium-bearing pegmatites in historical bedrock mapping and minerology reports. The project is located within the highly advanced Green Technology Metals “Seymore Project” area and directly adjacent to their Superb Lake Lithium prospect. To date, there has been no industry or systematic exploration coverage over the claim area, making for a highly prospective grassroots discovery project.
Ontario Hydro power lines extend to Aroland, where gas is also available, but Nakina is the closest service community to the Property. Nakina hosts a small airport (IATA: YQN, ICAO: CYQN) used by the Nakina Air Service, which provides float plane transport to local wilderness camps. Nakina is also a main rail junction and is serviced by VIA Rail passenger service.
Geraldton (population ~2,000) is the largest nearby business hub and provides housing, servicing, supplies, consumables, transport facilities and an experienced workforce. Services also include a health care centre (the Geraldton District Hospital) with emergency services, primary and secondary schooling, and both Provincial and Federal government services. The community has a rich gold and base-metal mining history with an experienced mining and mineral exploration workforce.
Geraldton (Greenstone Regional) Airport (IATA: YGQ, ICAO: CYGQ) is located 5.6km north of Geraldton. This airport is a key airport for MedEvac transportation and is home to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Greenstone Fire Management Headquarters. The airport includes a 5,000-foot runway, modern terminal building and fueling amenities. The nearest airport with commercial connections is Thunder Bay, ON, where 4×4 vehicles can be rented. The drive from Thunder Bay to Geraldton is roughly 3 hours (280 km).
There are no records indicating that the area of the Property has been previously staked. Interest in the type of pegmatitic granite that underlies the Property has only recently come to the forefront, due to the growth of the rare-element market.
The geology of the O’Sullivan Lake Area (west half), including the Maythem-Queenston lakes Pluton, was mapped by Parker and Stott (1998). They noted a large granitoid body, situated between Maytham and Queenston lakes, containing abundant coarse muscovite, pink to lilac garnets and small enclaves of metasedimentary rocks (Stott and Parker 1997).
The only recorded mineral exploration on the Property was carried out by the Ontario Geological Survey (OGS) in 2002 as part of Operation Treasure Hunt (OTH), a three-year provincial initiative begun in 1999 to stimulate the minerals industry that included the investigation of fertile peraluminous granites and related rare-element pegmatite mineralization in northern Ontario (see Baker et al., 2001). Results of the survey in the Property area were reported by Breaks et al. (2006). Detailed analytical data from the samples collected within the area of the Property are included in Tindle et al. (2006).
There were five (5) samples collected from the Maytham-Queenston lakes Pluton along the Maus Lake Road during OTH (Table 6-1; Figure 6-1). The collected samples were analyzed at the Geoscience Laboratories, Ontario Geoservices Centre in Sudbury. Fertile granites, aplite, metasomatized host rock, potassium feldspar and muscovite were analyzed by bulk techniques at the Geoscience Laboratories, Ontario Geoservices Centre. Electron microprobe analyses were conducted by A.G. Tindle at the Open University. The microprobe analyses include tourmaline, garnet, tantalum-oxide minerals (i.e., columbite-tantalite, ferrotapiolite, microlite and strüverite), fluorapatite, micas, potassium feldspar, beryl, cassiterite and spodumene.