Inuit-owned firm explores for minerals in western Nunavut (Nunatsiaq News – October 15, 2015)

Nunavut Resources Corp. teams ups with Transition Metals Corp.

An alliance between the Inuit-owned Nunavut Resource Corp. and a Sudbury, Ont.-based company called Transition Metals Corp. has turned up potential sites for gold and base metal exploration following aerial surveys on Inuit-owned land done this past summer, Transition Metals said Oct. 8 in a news release.

In April 2013, the two firms struck a deal to work together for five years hunting for potential mineral deposits within an area known as the Izok Corridor.

The Izok Corridor is an area stretching from Izok Lake to Coronation Gulf that’s the proposed location for a moribund scheme promoted by MMG Ltd. to build a chain of lead-zinc mines linked by an all-weather road.

MMG halted that project in 2013 because of low metal prices and there’s no sign that MMG will restart it any time soon.

But Transition Metals, who aim to spend at least $18 million on exploration through their deal with Nunavut Resource Corp., says Nunavut is a great place to do business.

“At a time when exploration activity in the North is at a low, the Alliance is positioning itself for success by adding value to its projects with excellent support from the Kitikmeot Inuit Association,” Transition Metals’ CEO, Scott McLean, said in a news release.

The company, whose stock was trading at less than 10 cents a share as of Oct. 14, says Nunavut is a “safe, stable, mining friendly jurisdiction,” with “no land claim issues” and that their deal with Inuit landowners gives them social licence.

In 2014, the alliance struck a mineral exploration deal with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. for two parcels of land on which Inuit hold sub-surface rights in an area called C-20 near the Ulu gold property, about 175 kilometres southwest of Cambridge Bay.

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