Northstar Drills 14.8% Copper over 2.45 Metres at Historic Cam Copper Mine

November 24, 2023
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Northstar Gold Corp.

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Northstar Gold Corp. announces assay results from the remaining 3 Phase I diamond drill holes recently completed at the historic Cam Copper Mine on the Company’s 100%-owned Miller Copper-Gold Property, situated 18 kilometres southeast of Kirkland Lake, Ontario. Cam Copper is a road accessible shaft mine and small-scale, past producer of high-grade ‘direct shipping’ copper ore centred on the historic Boston Creek Copper Trend.1,2 (Figure 1)

Cam Copper Mine is centred on a newly recognized high-grade “Besshi-type” volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) copper system situated at the northwest end of a 0.9 km long southeast trending belt of VMS horizons. Besshi-type VMS deposits are an important global source of base metals, simplistically characterized as vented, broad sheet-like layers of magnetite, iron-copper-lead-zinc-arsenic sulphides, cobalt, sulphosalts, silver and possibly gold deposited on an ancient sea floor, hosted in volcano-sedimentary rock packages.

Northstar completed 720 metres of drilling in 4 diamond drill holes (CC01-23 to CC04-23) at Cam Copper Mine between October 20th and October 30th, 2023. The Company reports all 4 drill holes intersected lenses of Cu-rich volcanogenic massive sulphides, including massive and stringer chalcopyrite in drill hole CC03-23 grading 14.8% Cu over 2.45m from 116.55m to 119m in Zone 2 (Photos 1 & 2). This intercept represents a significant Zone 2 thickness increase and is highly suggestive of southeast down-plunge expansion. Zones 1, 3 and 4 also remain open along strike and at depth.

A 3D Cam Copper Mine image illustrating Phase I drill results and massive sulphide intercepts is provided in Figure 2.

The Company reports the following assay highlights from the Cam Copper Phase I drilling program:

Zone 1

  • 3.12% Cu over 3.6m from 25.0m to 28.6m including 19.45% Cu and 14.85 g/t Ag over 0.5m from 28.1m to 28.6m in CC01-23 (Previously reported; Photo 3)

Zone 2

  • 14.78% Cu over 2.45m from 116.55m to 119.0m including 21.7% Cu, 0.27% Pb, 17.68 g/t Ag over 1.35m from 117.65m to 119.0m in CC03-23 (Photos 1 & 2)
  • 8.17% Cu over 1.5m from 178.0m to 179.5m including 16.05% Cu over 0.6m from 178.0m to 178.6m in CC02-23 (Photo 4)
  • 12.71% Cu, 0.62% Zn, 0.44% Pb, 16.47 g/t Ag over 0.75m from 107m to 107.75m in CC01-23
  • 4.72% Cu over 1.95m from 106.8m to 108.75m including 14.75% Cu over 0.4m from 106.8m to 107.2m in CC04-23

Zone 3

  • 5.91% Cu over 1.5m from 135.0m to 136.5m including 9.92% Cu over 0.5m from 135.5m to 136m in CC01-23 (Photo 5)
  • 2.77% Cu over 0.5m from 224.2m to 224.7m in CC02-23

Management Commentary

“Northstar’s 2023 Cam Copper sampling and Phase I drill results confirm reported historic widths and high copper grades, demonstrating copper mineralization is related to a robust, multi-horizon copper VMS system with excellent expansion potential,” states Brian P. Fowler, P.Geo., Northstar’s President, CEO and Director. “Northstar is fully permitted and positioning to explore the strike and down plunge extensions of the Cam Copper massive sulphide zones through Phase II drilling.”

Possible Hydrothermal Vent

Semi-massive sulphides with milled cherty fragments in Zone 2 (Photo 4), averaging 8.17% Cu over 1.5 metres from 178.0m to 179.5m in drill hole CC02-23, 80 metres below the 200′ level of the historic mine workings, suggests close proximity to a nearby seafloor hydrothermal vent, in an area never before drill tested. Evidence of massive and stringer chalcopyrite over 2.45m in adjacent drill hole CC03-23 strongly implies the possibility of significant Zone 2 vertical and down plunge expansion potential to the southeast.

Historic Validation

The Phase I drilling and prior surface sampling results substantiate historic reported copper grades of a 1955 shipment of 346 tons of hoisted underground ore which produced 43,411 lbs. of Cu1 at a Noranda smelter for a recovered grade of 6.3% Cu. The high-grade “direct shipping” ore was shipped directly from the mine site to the smelter without requiring further concentration in a mill. A previous 1948 shipment of 22 tons of ore to Noranda reportedly graded 12.72% Cu, 0.84 oz/t Ag and 0.03 oz/t Au2, presumably from Zone 1.

Figure 1. West Half Miller Property Geology Highlighting Former Producing Mines along the Boston Creek Copper Trend
Photo 1. Massive chalcopyrite from Zone 2 grading 21.7% Cu over 1.35m in DDH CC03-23
Photo 2. Zone 2 massive and stringer chalcopyrite grading 14.8% Cu over 2.45m between 116.55m and 119m in DDH CC03-23
Photo 3. Zone 1 massive chalcopyrite from DDH CC01-23 grading 19.45% Cu over 0.5m
Photo 4. Zone 2 semi-massive chalcopyrite from DDH CC02-23 grading 16.05% Cu over 0.6m
Photo 5. Zone 3 semi-massive chalcopyrite from DDH CC01-23 grading 5.91% Cu over 1.5m

Table 1. Cam Copper Assay Results for DDH’s CC01-23 to CC04-23

Hole No.Collar
UTM –

Zone 17
Azimuth (Degrees)Dip
Angle (Degrees)
From
(m)
To
(m)
Core
Length (m)
Cu (%)Zn (%)Ag (g/t)Comments
CC01-23580634E, 5316828N228-4825
Incl.
28.1
77.8
107
135
 incl.
135.5
28.6
Incl.
28.6
78.3
107.75
136.5
incl.
136
3.6
Incl.
0.5
0.5
0.75
1.50
incl.
0.5
3.12

19.45
2.55
12.71
5.91

9.92
0.6214.85

16.47
Zone 1

Massive cpy
QCV w/cpy
Zone 2
Zone 3

CC02-23580674E, 5316857N216.5-48.514.4
97.25
178.0
incl.
178.0
224.2
17.2
97.75
179.5
incl.
178.6
224.7
2.8
0.50
1.50
incl.
0.6
0.5
0.40
2.17
8.17
16.05
2.77


5.18
Zone 4 ?
Zone 1
Zone 2


Zone 3
CC03-23580536E, 5316721N59.5-48116.55
incl.
117.65
119.0
incl.
119.0
2.45
incl.
1.35
14.78
21.70
10.90

17.68
Zone 2
expanding
down plunge
CC04-23580666E, 5316803N240-4625.2
106.8
incl.
106.8
25.35
108.75
incl.
107.2
0.15
1.95
incl.
0.4
15.45
4.72
14.75
17.80


6.19
Zone 1
Zone 2

*Estimated true widths are between 0.64 (64%) and 0.70 (70%) of apparent widths
Figure 2. Cam Copper Mine – 2023 Phase 1 Drilling Results Southeast Extension – Geophysical Targets

Volcanic exhalite mineralization consisting of massive or semi-massive pyrite (+/- chalcopyrite) is known to extend for hundreds of metres along strike southeast of the Cam Copper Mine site, having been previously explored by historic pitting and trenching. The copper trend includes multiple historic ground EM and IP bedrock targets3 along with strong airborne EM and magnetic anomalies which could highlight conductive bedrock targets such as Cu-rich massive sulphides for up to 900 metres along strike to the southeast.

Future Plans

Northstar is positioning to conduct a Phase 2 Cam Copper drill program to test the down plunge extension of mineralized zones, prioritizing expansion of the Zone 2 massive sulphide lens and stockwork intersected in DDH CC03-23.

Owing to the conductive and chargeable nature of the massive sulphide mineralization encountered at Cam Copper, a program of surface and borehole geophysics is also being planned to survey the mine site area and the Boston Creek Copper Trend along strike towards the southeast.

Cam Copper Geology

Cam Copper Mine copper mineralization is hosted in the oldest known and possibly least understood lithological assemblage in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt known as the Pacaud assemblage or Pacaud “Tuffs” (circa 2750 Ma; 2750Ma-2735Ma volcanic episode). The Pacaud assemblage is composed of finely bedded and intercalated mafic, intermediate, and felsic ash-tuff intruded by mafic sills. Sulphide mineralization appears to be stratiform and volcanogenic in nature with the zones exhibiting a distinctive stockwork feeder system in the footwall with chalcopyrite, pyrrhotite and magnetite stringers (+/-pyrite) and a massive chalcopyrite cap or lens stratigraphically above the underlying stockwork. Minor sphalerite and galena appear in the uppermost part of the sulphide cap.

Massive bornite “pods” were reported historically. Multiple stacked VMS horizons with significant sheet-like lateral and vertical extent, hosted in volcano-sedimentary rock packages are characteristic of Besshi-type or Pelitic-Mafic/Mafic-Siliciclastic (NRCAN nomenclature) VMS deposits. These deposits, while known to exist in the Archean, are typically more common in Phanerozoic terrains. The VMS lenses at the Cam Copper Mine remain open in all directions, particularly down plunge to the southeast. The former producing Amity and Patterson copper mines occur within the same geologic formation along strike to the northwest.

Northstar carried out a brief surface exploration program consisting of prospecting and sampling of Cam Copper Mine between May 19 and 25th, 2023. A total of 19 representative surface samples were collected from the muck pile and bedrock surface near the historic shaft. Three samples were collected from a historic trench along the surface expression of Zone 2. Assay results of the 19 samples ranged from 0.99% – 31.8% Cu, and 0.31 g/t Ag – 452 g/t Ag. Copper grades from the Cam Copper muck pile and bedrock were consistent with historically reported grades from both drilling intercepts, underground sampling and former mine production data.

One muck sample (E455292) of massive chalcopyrite with bornite assayed 31.8% Cu, 0.53% Zn, and 452 g/t Ag. A bedrock sample (E455309) collected from mineralized stratiform sulphides near the historic shaft assayed 13.65% Cu.

Three samples collected from a trench representing the surface expression of Zone 2 included one sample (E455315) that assayed 0.54% Cu, indicating a possible extension of Zone 2 towards the southeast of the old workings.

Follow up work is required in the Cam Copper area to fully investigate the down plunge extension of the historic deposit.

Underground Development and Historic Copper Production

The Cam Copper Mine hosts at least three separate lenses (Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 3 and a possible Zone 4- Figure 2) of massive copper sulphides about 30-50 metres apart striking and plunging southeast along the contact with the Round Lake Granite Batholith. Underground development took place between 1929 and 1953 which includes sinking of a 220′ (66.7m) vertical shaft with 213′ (64.5m) of cross cutting and 267′ (80.9m) of drifting. The recent drilling and surface sampling results verify historic reporting of a 1955 shipment of 346 tons of hoisted underground ore which produced 43,411 lbs. of Cu1 at a Noranda smelter for a recovered grade of 6.3% Cu. The ore was shipped directly from the mine site to the smelter without requiring further concentration in a mill. A previous 1948 shipment of 22 tons of ore to Noranda reportedly graded 12.72% Cu, 0.84 oz/t Ag and 0.03 oz/t Au2, presumably from Zone 1.

Historic Drilling

Historic drilling intercepts in Zone 1 by Consolidated Golden Arrow Mines Ltd. at the Cam Copper Mine include: 3

  • 1.6% Cu over 6.6′ (2.0m) in DDH 1
  • 9.8% Cu over 4′ (1.21m) in DDH 1A
  • 12.4 % Cu over 7.8′ (2.36m) in DDH 3
  • 7.0% Cu over 6′ (1.82m) in DDH 4

Average sampling grade reported in Zone 1 was 8.5% Cu over a true width of 4.4′ (1.33m) indicated over 100′ (30.3m) along strike.

Historic drilling intercepts by Consolidated Golden Arrow Mines Ltd. in Zone 2 include: 3

  • 10.5% Cu over 0.5′ (0.15m) in DDH 2
  • 19.9% Cu over 3.1′ (0.94m) in DDH 3
  • 23.1% Cu over 4.6′ (1.39m) in DDH 4 —> down plunge extension below workings
  • 12.4% Cu over 3.3′ (1.0m) in DDH 7 —> down plunge extension below workings

Average sampling grade reported in Zone 2 was 10% Cu over a true width of 2.8′ (0.85m) indicated over 140′ (42.4m) along strike.

Bornite was reported to be common in Zone 2 with the bornite rich pods of massive sulphides remaining open down plunge to the southeast.3

1 Ontario Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines Mineral Deposit Inventory Record MDI31M13NW000154: Tretheway-Ossian- 1981, Ch.H. Cameron-1981.
Ontario Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and Mines Assessment File #KL-0259, Tretheway-Ossian (Cam Copper Mine). 1961
3 Ontario Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and Mines Assessment File #KL-0843, Prospectus of Fidelity Mining Investments Ltd. 1962

Quality Control

Samples collected in the 2023 Miller surface exploration and drilling programs were delivered to ALS Global in Timmins, Ontario for preparation and assayed for gold and other elements by ALS Global in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Northstar has implemented a quality control program for its Cam Copper Project to ensure best practice in the sampling and analysis of surface samples, which includes the insertion of blanks, and certified standards into the sample stream.

Surface samples were submitted to ALS Global at their Timmins, Ontario facility for sample preparation where the entire sample was crushed to better than 90% passing 2mm, 1000g riffle split and pulverized to 85% passing 75 microns. Pulps are forwarded to ALS Global in Vancouver, British Columbia for analyses. Gold analyses is obtained via industry standard fire assay with ICP finish using 15 g to 30 g aliquots. For samples returning greater than 10 g/t gold follow-up fire assay analysis with a gravimetric finish is completed. Based on initial fire assay gold indications as well as visual indication of mineralization and alteration, samples are selected for re-assay by the screen metallic fire assay method. Samples are also analyzed for 48 trace and major elements by ICP-MS following a four-acid digestion. For samples returning greater than 10,000 ppm Cu, follow-up four acid digestion and ICP finish utilizing a 0.4 g sample is utilized. ALS Global are ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accredited (Lab No. 579) for the preparation and analyses performed on the Cam Copper samples.

Qualified Person

John Siriunas, P.Eng., a ‘Qualified Person’ (Q.P.) as defined under Canadian National Instrument NI 43-101, has reviewed technical aspects of this news release.

About the Miller Property

Northstar’s primary exploration focus is the advancement of the Company’s flagship, 100%-owned Miller Gold Property, situated 18 km southeast of Kirkland Lake and Agnico Eagle Mine’s Macassa SMC gold mine. The Company’s strategy is to develop either a minimum material (+1 million ounce) high-grade gold mineral resource to potentially supplement a nearby mining operation or a stand-alone mining operation at the Miller Gold Property.

Since going public by IPO in late 2020, Northstar has spent over $4.7 million in exploration at Miller, resulting in the discovery of a series of broad, near-surface, shallow dipping sheeted quartz-gold-telluride vein structures in the Allied Syenite (Allied Gold Zone) and Planet Syenites and numerous 70 – 750 gold gram/metre drill hole intercepts. Drilling to date at the AGZ has returned near-surface gold intercepts that include 6.6 g/t Au over 117.0 metres4.0 g/t Au over 50.6 metres1.4 g/t Au over 118.5 metres, and 1.2 g/t Au over 107.3 metres. Step out AGZ drilling in 2021 intersected peripheral steeply dipping copper-gold bearing structures (CG1 and CG2 Zones) returning intercepts that include 9.41 g/t Au, 1.03% Cu over 3.0m. The AGZ shares numerous compelling similarities to Agnico Eagle’s nearby Upper Beaver Deposit, currently in the pre-development stage.

In April, 2022, as a precursor to a Mineral Resource Estimate and for reporting purposes, the Company commissioned Ronacher Mackenzie Geoscience and SRK Consulting (Canada) to conduct an Exploration Target Study of the Miller Property Allied Gold Zone and No. 1 Vein. An upper range exceeding 500,000 ounces of gold averaging 2.04 g/t Au has been referenced in this study. Results were reported July 26, 2022, (Click here to view Northstar News Release dated July 26, 2022) verifying the significance, size and gold grade potential of the Allied gold mineralizing system. Results provide the Company and investors a fact-based conceptual tonnage and gold grade range for the Allied Syenite Gold Zone, and basis for continued expansion drilling and mineral resource development.

In addition to drill testing extensions of the high-grade Cam Copper Mine this Fall, Northstar is positioning to conduct a Phase IIIA Allied Gold Zone lateral and depth expansion drill program on the Miller Gold Property.

Northstar has 3 additional 100%-owned exploration projects in northern Ontario, including the recently acquired 1,200 ha Rosegrove Property situated 0.5 km from the Miller Gold Property, the 4,650 ha Bryce Gold Property (includes the recently optioned Britcanna Lease), an intrusive-gold / PME VMS project located along the projected east extension of the Ridout Break, and the recently expanded Temagami-Milestone Cu-Ni-Co Critical Minerals Property located in Strathcona Township. Northstar is advancing all 3 properties to enhance monetization opportunities.

About Northstar Gold Corp.

Northstar’s primary exploration focus is the advancement of the Company’s flagship, 100%-owned Miller Gold Property, situated 18 km southeast of Kirkland Lake and Agnico Eagle Mine’s Macassa SMC gold mine. The Company’s strategy is to develop either a minimum material (+1 million ounce) high-grade gold mineral resource to potentially supplement a nearby mining operation or a stand-alone mining operation at the Miller Gold Property.

Northstar has 3 additional 100%-owned exploration projects in northern Ontario, including the recently acquired 1,200 ha Rosegrove Property situated 0.5 km from the Miller Gold Property, the 4,650 ha Bryce Gold Property (includes the recently optioned Britcanna Lease), an intrusive-gold / PME VMS project located along the projected east extension of the Ridout Break, and the recently expanded Temagami-Milestone Cu-Ni-Co Property located in Strathcona Township. Northstar recently filed a NI43-101 Technical Report on the Bryce Gold Property and is advancing all 3 properties to enhance monetization opportunities.

On behalf of the Board of Directors,

Mr. Brian P. Fowler, P.Geo.

President, CEO and Director
(604) 617-8191
bfowler@northstargoldcorp.com

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