The Reliance Gold Property (the "Property") is located 4 km east of Gold Bridge and 10 km north of the Bralorne-Pioneer Gold Mining Camp which has historically produced over 4 million ounces of gold.
The Property was previously explored with trenching and diamond drilling from 1985 through 2008. Gold mineralization is associated with wide zones of alteration associated with regional scale subparallel northwest trending structures. The most explored structure is the Royal Shear which hosts the Diplomat, Senator, Imperial, Crown and Eagle Zones identified by historic surface sampling as associated with encouraging gold values. The property was last diamond core drilled in 2008 and this campaign, which in part targeted the Imperial Zone, returned highlight drill intersection widths from this zone of 13.30 grams per tonne ("gpt") gold over 4.20 m (est 1.8m true width), 7.05 gpt gold over 5.06 m (est 2.05m true width), 5.70 gpt gold over 12.05 m (est 9.5m true width), 5.43 gpt gold over 15.35 m (est 10m true width) and 2.16 gpt gold over 12.13 m (est 6.5m true width), in five (5) drill holes of an eight (8) hole drilling campaign. Historic surface grab and chip sampling results from these zones, together with drilling, indicate a mineralized gold system over at least 750 m of strike and 250 m vertically that requires a systematic exploration program to evaluate. Based on historic soil sampling and continuing ankerite alteration, the Royal Shear remains open and unexplored along strike in both directions.
The Company optioned the Property in September 2019. In December 2019, the Company announced encouraging surface sampling results from the Property. Sampling efforts were largely focused on a small portion of the Royal Shear and recent assay results have confirmed encouraging gold results on surface. Highlights of the results include 10 gpt gold over 5 m at the Imperial Zone and 4.6 gpt gold over 2 m at the Senator Zone prospects. The gold mineralization is hosted within areas of alteration up to 30 m wide in the Royal Shear consisting of ankerite-sericite-clay alteration with silicification, quartz-stibnite veining, vein stockwork, vein breccia, and quartz-feldspar porphyry.
The best December 2019 rock sample result from the Imperial Zone assayed 10 gpt gold over 5 m (sample reference is RL Imp Area rs) and was collected from a road cut. The sample was a representative chip and grab sample within a panel extending about 5 m of horizontal length and 1 m height on the upper bank of a road cut. The deeply weathered outcrop is ankerite altered, sheared and brecciated volcanic in the footwall of the Royal Shear. Weathering of this alteration results in exposure of orange, yellow, brown and rusty gouge with some observed fine-grained black sulphide, interpreted to be stibnite. There was no obvious silicification or quartz veining observed in the collected sample.
The best 2019 rock sample result from the Senator Zone assayed 4.6 gpt gold over 2 m (sample reference is RL rb 4) and was collected from a similar road cut about 75 m west-southwest of the above sample. This sample was collected from a panel extending over 2 m of horizontal length and 1 m height. At this outcrop, brown to orange weathering ankerite altered, sheared and brecciated volcanic is also present. At this location, fine grained banded silicification and quartz veining is present associated with fine grained black sulphide interpreted to be stibnite.
2020 Exploration Program
The Company is currently conducting a systematic 2020 exploration program consisting of compilation and location of historic technical data, airborne geophysics, soil sampling, biogeochemical sampling, geological structural mapping and representative chip sampling followed by a planned drilling program. The current exploration focus is on the Royal Shear Zone.
Geophysics -- The 2020 airborne magnetics survey is complete and has identified a magnetic anomaly associated with the best gold occurrences on the Royal Shear which has a contiguous strike length of about 2.5 km on the property. This airborne magnetics survey data combined with observations from initial field work has also identified four (4) other subparallel lineaments on the property named Steep, Treasure, Camp and Nemo. Gold mineralization has been historically reported on the Treasure and Camp lineaments and antimony mineralization has been reported along the Nemo lineament. An IP geophysical survey on the Royal Shear is presently under consideration.
Soil and Vegetation Sampling -- The Talus fines/C-horizon soil survey demonstrates a robust and continuous northwest-southeast trending gold, silver, arsenic, and antimony anomaly that exceeds 100 parts per billion ("ppb") gold along a strike length of 1,100 m and width of between 100 and 300 m associated with the Royal Shear. The multielement geochemical anomaly is 1,200 m in length and remains open to expansion along strike in both directions. Of the 236 samples collected to date, 64 samples exceeded 100 ppb gold (27% of total) and 12 samples exceeded 1,000 ppb gold. These 12 over-limit soil samples were re-analyzed and returned peak values of 27 parts per million ("ppm"), 11 ppm, 8.42 ppm, 5.55 ppm, 3.77 ppm and 3.66 ppm gold. There is a strong positive geochemical correlation between gold and associated elements silver (+0.85), arsenic (+0.90) and antimony (+0.85). A biogeochemical sampling program of Douglas Fir tree branch cuttings was recently completed in the same area as this reported soil survey, with results pending.
Geology and Sampling -- The Company intends to restore the high-bank surface road exposures of the five named gold zones on the Royal Shear to facilitate chip and channel sampling as well as geological and structural mapping. To access the prospects, about 5 km of previously excavated access trails on the Royal Shear are currently being cleared of underbrush.
Permitting, Archaeological Study & Consultation -- The Company's Notice of Work drill permit application has been accepted by the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines and has been referred to other resource agencies for consultation. The Company is committed to a mutually beneficial relationship with local First Nations. Dialogue is active and the Company has been engaging First Nation contractors to assist in the 2020 exploration activities. A preliminary archaeological study is now complete. The field-oriented study did not identify any archaeological artifacts. After the permit has been granted, a diamond drill program will follow based on results from the currently active surface program.
The Option Deal
Under the terms of the agreement with the Optionor, the Company can earn a 100% interest in the Reliance Gold Property located near Gold Bridge, British Columbia, for cash consideration in the aggregate amount of $300,000 ($20,000 paid) and exploration expenditures in the aggregate amount of $3,000,000 by December 31, 2024; the allotment and issuance of up to a total of 4,000,000 common shares of the Company by December 31, 2025. The Option is subject to a 2.5% NSR, of which 1.5% NSR can be purchased by the Company at any time for $1,000,000. In addition, the Company agreed to issue up to a maximum of 200,000 Shares to PI Financial Corp. (the "Finder") who introduced the Property to the Company. The Shares will be issued and paid to the Finder in two tranches. The initial 100,000 Shares was paid on execution of the formal option agreement between the Optionor and the Company, and the second tranche of 100,000 Shares will be issued and paid on or before January 31, 2021 provided that the Option remains in good standing on December 31, 2020.
Robert T. Boyd, P.Geo. is a qualified person as defined in National Instrument 43-101 and supervised the compilation of the historic information forming the basis for this summary. The representative chip and grab samples mentioned in this release were analyzed for gold only at SGS Canada by GE_FAA30V5. The single overlimit sample that exceeded 10,000 ppb gold was analyzed by SGS Canada by GO_FAG30V. Confirmation standards were inserted by SGS Canada with each of the two analytical techniques.
Bedrock representative chip and grab samples mentioned in this release are potentially selective by nature and are unlikely to represent average grades within the bedrock when drilled. Except for the drilling completed in 2008, the historic exploration drilling activity cannot be relied upon due to poor quality georeferencing and lack of down-hole dip information. Despite estimates, the drill intersections mentioned in this release may not accurately represent the true width of the intersection. In 2008 all cut and/or split core samples were analyzed by ICP analyses at Ecotech Analytical Laboratory. Samples that exceeded 1,000 ppb gold were re-analyzed by lead collection fire assay at the same laboratory using a preferred 30 gram sub-sample size.
2020 Soil samples were submitted to ALS Global in North Vancouver, BC, an ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accredited laboratory, where they were prepped and screened to -180 micron using method code SCR-41. Samples were then submitted for aqua regia digestion and analyzed for gold and other trace elements with an ICP-MS finish (method code AuME-TL43). Over limit samples returning greater than 1,000 ppb gold were re-analyzed by Au-AROR43 methodology.
The 2020 exploration program is being managed by Darren O'Brien, P.Geo, an independent consultant and qualified person as defined in National Instrument 43-101. Mr. O'Brien has reviewed and approved this project summary.