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Location Quebec, Canada
Commodities Primary Gold
Commodities Secondary Diamonds, Lithium,Copper, Nickel, Silver, Molybdenum, Uranium, Cobalt, Platinum, Palladium,  Iron Ore
Total Current Year Production Period Ended December 31, 2019
Gold; ounces 246,000
Total Known Current and Historical Production 1994 – 2019
Gold; ounces 1,493,400
Diamonds; carats 1,642,930
Total Known Compliant Reserves (December 2019) Proven & Probable
Gold; ounces 1,280,000
Diamonds;  carats 33,425,000
Lithium; pounds 1,554,344,000
Iron Ore; tonnes 0
Copper; pounds 0
Nickel; pounds 0
Silver; ounces 0
Molybdenum; pounds 0
U3O8; pounds 0
Cobalt; pounds 0
Platinum; ounces 0
Palladium; ounces 0
Total Known Compliant Exclusive Resources Measured & Indicated
Gold; ounces 1,297,900
Diamonds; carats 30,175,000
Lithium; pounds 1,888,847,000
Iron Ore; tonnes 1,050,500,000
Copper; pounds 264,063,000
Nickel; pounds 47,420,000
Silver; ounces 2,607,000
Molybdenum; pounds 37,509,000
U3O8; pounds 7,458,000
Cobalt; pounds 2,972,000
Platinum; ounces 15,300
Palladium; ounces 67,700
Inferred
Gold; ounces 2,821,700
Diamonds; carats 13,348,000
Lithium; pounds 1,780,551,000
Iron Ore; tonnes 563,200,000
Copper; pounds 21,796,000
Nickel; pounds 18,804,000
Silver; ounces 216,000
Molybdenum; pounds 3,202,000
U3O8; pounds 12,777,000
Cobalt; pounds 1,393,000
Platinum; ounces 16,900
Palladium; ounces 35,900
Total Known Endowment 1994 – 2019
Gold; ounces 6,893,000
Diamonds; carats 78,590,930
Lithium; pounds 5,223,742,000
Iron Ore; tonnes 1,613,700,000
Copper; pounds 285,859,000
Nickel; pounds 66,224,000
Silver; ounces 2,823,000
Molybdenum; pounds 40,711,000
U3O8; pounds 20,235,000
Cobalt; pounds 4,365,000
Platinum; ounces 32,200
Palladium; ounces 103,600
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History

The Geological Survey of Canada was active in the area in the late 1940s. The first systematic regional mapping program of the northern Superior Province of Quebec was undertaken in the 1950s by Eade of the Geological Survey of Canada who produced a 1:1,000,000 geological map of the area north of the 52ºN latitude.

Iron formation around Duncan Lake was discovered by prospectors in 1949. In 1953 the discovery was staked, and exploration began.

Exploration throughout the entire James Bay region started in the 1950s.

Numerous regional geological surveys and geoscientific studies have been conducted by the Québec Government in the James Bay area in the 1960s and 1970s.

In 1973, the Société de Développement de la Baie James (SDBJ) undertook a regional geochemical survey of lake bottom sediments that covered the entire James Bay area which took 5 years to complete.

Exploration for lithium in the Whabouchi area is first reported in 1962 with the discovery of a lithium-bearing pegmatite by geologists from the Quebec Bureau of Mines.

The first recorded exploration in the Éléonore area was undertaken by Noranda Inc. (Noranda), in 1964. Noranda identified a copper showing located within the Ell Lake diorite intrusion; this showing is located approximately 6 km southwest of the Roberto deposit.

Exploration on the Eau Claire property dates back to the early 1970s when SEREM Québec Inc. (“SEREM”) and Société de développement de la Baie-James (“SDBJ”) completed airborne electromagnetic surveys and limited core drilling in search for volcanogenic massive base metal sulphide deposits.

The Eastmain Mine Property has a history of significant exploration that has been undertaken intermittently since Placer Development Limited’s initial discovery of the Eastmain Deposit in 1969/1970. At that time the gold-silver-copper bearing A-Zone was intersected while drill-testing an airborne geophysical conductor. The mine produced from August 1994 through November 1995.

Diamond exploration commenced in the Foxtrot Property area in 1996, with the formation of a 50:50 joint venture between Ashton Mining Canada Inc. (Ashton) and SOQUEM (SOQUEM). Prior to that time, regional exploration had been undertaken for gold and base metals by several parties using prospecting and geochemical techniques. These activities were limited in scope due to the location of the current property between two Archean volcanic belts, an area that was considered to be non-prospective for traditional gold and base metal targets. The Renard mine commenced production in 2016 and after a brief period of suspension is producing again in 2020.

In 2020 the James Bay area has seen a resurgence in exploration with a number of new discoveries.

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