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Vancouver to give two public plazas indigenous names – The Province

A pair of public plazas in Vancouver will receive with new Indigenous names during a ceremony Monday morning.

The new names for the Vancouver Art Gallery north plaza and the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza will be announced during a formal naming ceremony at 10 a.m. at the gallery’s recently renovated north plaza.

Representatives from the city of Vancouver and the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations, along with B.C. Minister of Citizens’ Services Jinny Sims are scheduled to attend.

The ceremony will be led by Ray Harris, a member of the Stz’uminus First Nation and former elected chief.

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Public consultation begins on revitalizing B.C.’s environmental assessment process

June 18, 2018

From now until July 30, 2018, British Columbians have an opportunity to shape the future of how major projects are assessed in B.C., by providing feedback on recommended changes to B.C.’s environmental assessment (EA) process.

The proposed changes are summarized in a discussion paper that is the result of three months of engagement and discussion with the newly formed Environmental Assessment Advisory Committee, government-to-government meetings with Indigenous groups, First Nations workshops, and meetings with key stakeholders: industry, environmental non-governmental organizations, local governments, EA practitioners and others.

Changes to the EA process are focused on three key outcomes:

  • enhancing public confidence, transparency and meaningful participation;
  • advancing reconciliation with First Nations; and
  • protecting the environment while offering clear pathways to sustainable project approvals.

“We’ve worked extensively with First Nations, stakeholders and community representatives throughout B.C. to ensure the proposed changes to B.C.’s environmental assessment process do a better job of protecting British Columbians’ natural environment, health, heritage and societies, while continuing to attract investment and sustainably growing our economy,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “I’m looking forward to hearing from British Columbians from every corner of the province on the proposed changes, so we can be sure we get it right.”

By advancing reconciliation and working with First Nations, B.C.’s revitalized EA process will create greater certainty with all EA participants, and will reduce the potential of conflicts, delays and litigation.

Revitalizing the environmental assessment process is an important component of the Confidence and Supply Agreement with the B.C. Green Party caucus.

In addition to commenting on the discussion paper, the public is encouraged to participate in a survey to share their preferences for being kept up-to-date on projects undergoing an EA, including how they would like to learn about the new EA process when it is released.

A document outlining what was heard from all of the engagements will be released late summer 2018, with an intentions paper detailing the intended changes to B.C.’s EA process being released in early fall 2018.

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An infographic detailing the various engagement streams that informed the discussion paper can be viewed here:

For more information on environmental assessment revitalization, including the proposed changes and how you can share your thoughts, please visit the Environmental Assessment Office’s revitalization portal at:


Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
Media Relations
250 953-3834

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RCYBC Representative’s Report #31 – Reviews and Investigations: June 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018

June 18, 2018

The purpose of the Representative for Children and Youth’s (RCY) reviews and investigations of child deaths and critical injuries is to identify and thoughtfully analyze issues, particularly in service delivery. The intent is to help prevent similar deaths or injuries in the future and to inform improvements to services.

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B.C. to spend $550 million on Indigenous housing over next decade – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Jun 18, 2018 

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. _ The provincial government says B.C. is the first province in Canada to invest money into on-reserve housing with a new Indigenous housing fund.

The $550-million fund will support the construction and operation of 1,750 units of social housing on and off reserves over the next decade.

Premier John Horgan says the government is opening the door to all Indigenous communities to join them in making housing better and more affordable for every part of the province.

Housing Minister Selina Robinson says they know Indigenous Peoples face extraordinary housing challenges and the new fund will be a major step forward in making sure there is more safe and secure housing available.

Chief Bob Chamberlin with the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs says they’re encouraged with this first step by the provincial government for more affordable housing and for true reconciliation.

The new housing will be developed in partnership with the Aboriginal Housing Management Association, Indigenous housing societies and First Nations.


BC Government: Province opens the door to housing investment on reserves

June 18, 2018

PRINCE GEORGE – British Columbia will become the first province in Canada to invest provincial housing funds into on-reserve housing.

“Everyone in British Columbia deserves a good home, including people who live on-reserve,” said Premier John Horgan. “That’s why we’re opening the door to all Indigenous communities to join us as we make housing better and more affordable for people in every part of the province.”

Through the new Building BC: Indigenous Housing Fund, the British Columbia government will invest $550 million over the next 10 years to build and operate 1,750 new units of social housing for projects, both on- and off-reserve.

BC Housing will send out a request for proposals to identify prospective partners, including Indigenous non-profit housing providers, First Nations, Métis Nation British Columbia, and non-profit and for-profit developers, wanting to partner with Indigenous housing providers and First Nations.

In addition to funding under the new Indigenous Housing Fund, Indigenous organizations and First Nations will be able to access provincial support, under the new housing funds announced as part of Budget 2018 and the 30-point housing plan.

The new housing will be developed in partnership with the Aboriginal Housing Management Association, Indigenous housing societies and First Nations.

With National Indigenous Peoples Day coming up on June 21, 2018, this investment to support affordable housing for Indigenous peoples is one of many areas where the Province is advancing reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

The Province’s focus on building a true and lasting vision of reconciliation is anchored by a cross-government commitment to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, and case law.

The provincial government is making significant new investments in Indigenous priorities and reconciliation, with more than $250 million allocated over the next three years, in the areas of affordable housing, language revitalization, child care, mental health and addictions, reducing poverty, improving access to justice, skills training, emergency management and revitalizing the environmental assessment process.


Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing –

“We know that Indigenous peoples often face extraordinary housing challenges. With these new provincial housing funds now available to more people, we are taking a major step forward in making sure Indigenous peoples everywhere in British Columbia have access to the safe and secure housing they need.”

Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation –

“Our government recognizes the rights of Indigenous peoples to be actively involved in developing and determining housing policies and programs affecting them. We’ll be working closely with the Indigenous housing sector every step of the way, to make sure Indigenous peoples are partners in building this new housing. This is one of the ways we are moving forward on reconciliation with First Nations and Indigenous peoples in B.C.”

Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands –

“This is an important investment that will increase the quality of life for Indigenous peoples in B.C. Levels of Indigenous homelessness are unacceptable, and there is a direct link to a lack of housing on reserves. This is a smart investment, and recognizes that healthy, safe communities start with healthy, safe homes.”

Terry Teegee, Regional Chief, British Columbia Assembly of First Nations –

“We have never seen such a commitment from a provincial government for on-reserve housing investments. I applaud the leadership of Premier Horgan and his ministers. Housing is a fundamental human right, and impacts a wide range of societal needs, including security, health for families and employment. First Nations in B.C. seek to improve a major gap in housing needs. This is an important step for building stronger First Nations’ communities.”

Chief Bob Chamberlin, vice-president, Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs –

“Today, we are encouraged by this first step of the provincial government to respond to the need for affordable housing for Indigenous peoples. For true reconciliation, steps like these are crucial, but Indigenous peoples must be involved every step of the way. With a growing need for social housing, there is much work left to be done.”

Cheryl Casimer, political executive, First Nations Summit –

“We welcome today’s announcement of the creation of the Indigenous Housing Fund by the Province of B.C. This fund will provide a significant investment that will have immediate positive impacts in addressing the acute shortage of affordable housing units, especially for those Indigenous peoples in B.C. living below the poverty line. This fund will also assist Indigenous peoples with greater opportunities to access housing within their own communities, rather than being forced to move to urban centres.”

Clara Morin Dal Col, president, Métis Nation British Columbia –

“Métis Nation B.C. is excited about the housing opportunities for Métis people in British Columbia through this new program. These funds have the potential of helping to provide Métis people long-awaited access to housing, and as a result, provide substantial benefits to the health and well-being of our communities. We are very pleased with the Province’s investment and commitment to this provincial housing plan. This is a significant step toward government’s efforts of nation-to-nation relationships and reconciliation.”

Margaret Pfoh, CEO, Aboriginal Housing Management Association –

“Today’s announcement is a positive step in the right direction to alleviating the housing challenges of our Indigenous peoples. We are over represented in every housing need category. The Aboriginal Housing Management Association, and our members, look forward to partnering with First Nations and Indigenous housing organizations to create the housing that we so desperately need.”

Quick Facts:

  • Budget 2018 launched the biggest investment in housing affordability in B.C. history — more than $7 billion over 10 years.
  • All programs announced in Budget 2018 will be open to Indigenous organizations and First Nations, for housing both on- and off-reserve, including:
    • Building BC: Community Housing Fund – close to $1.9 billion over 10 years to build and operate 14,350 affordable new rental homes, through partnerships with municipalities, non-profit housing providers, housing co-ops and Indigenous organizations.
    • Building BC: Women’s Transition Housing Fund – $734 million over 10 years to build and operate 1,500 new units of housing including transition houses, safe homes, second-stage and long-term housing.
    • Building BC: Supportive Housing Fund – $1.2 billion over 10 years to build and operate 2,500 units of supportive housing for those that are homeless, or at risk of homelessness.
  • Currently, more than 4,600 subsidized housing units are specifically designated for Indigenous peoples in B.C. More than 700 Indigenous housing units are in development or under construction throughout the province.

Learn More:

Read Homes for B.C., government’s 30-point plan to address housing affordability for British Columbians:

To find out what the Province is doing to improve housing affordability, visit:


Sheena McConnell
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
250 886-8587

Sarah Plank
Communications Director
Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
250 952-1889

Lindsay Byers
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
250 952-0617

Rajvir Rao
BC Housing
604 456-8917

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BC Government: Government promotes respectful workplaces in creative sector

June 15, 2018

VANCOUVER – The Province is taking action to support respectful and inclusive work environments for workers in British Columbia’s creative sector.

Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, made the announcement of a new Diversity, Gender Parity and Respectful Work Culture Fund at the Women on Top conference in Vancouver.

“The #MeToo movement has elevated awareness that abuse, discrimination and harassment are serious problems globally,” said Beare.  “Our government is deeply committed to ensuring that the people working in B.C.’s creative industries are protected. And that’s why I’m implementing new measures to promote safe, respectful workplaces for workers in the creative sector, in partnership with our provincial agencies, Creative BC, the B.C. Arts Council and Knowledge Network.”

This funding is aimed at supporting immediate steps in B.C creative industries on this issue. The $175,000 fund will be used to deliver respectful work-culture training for the board and leadership levels of creative industry associations and regional film commissions.

Creative BC will administer the fund, which will also pay for the development of toolkits, training, education and workshops to promote safety, diversity and equity in the creative sector. Eligible organizations can apply for grants of up to $15,000 for respectful workplace training.

“We all deserve to go to workplaces that are free from harassment and bullying. By creating safe, respectful work environments, we can help boost productivity and innovation across all industries,” said Mitzi Dean, Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity. “This partnership is a great example of how we can work alongside industry, to create healthier, more equitable workplaces for everyone, and especially women and people who identify as LGBTQ2+, or with other equity-seeking groups.”

The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture is also working with its agencies to create policies and strategies aimed at promoting respectful workplaces. As part of the initiative, Creative BC and the B.C. Arts Council are changing contract requirements for grant applicants. Organizations must now commit to ensuring their workplaces are free from bullying and harassment to qualify for funding. Knowledge Network has also published a new Respectful Workplace Statement of Expectation for its producers.


Susan Jackson, chair, B.C. Arts Council –

“We are very pleased with this new government plan, which will enhance our efforts to promote safe, equitable, respectful work environments for artists. This partnership will play a key role in supporting the creativity and vibrancy of B.C.’s arts community.”

Prem Gill, CEO, Creative BC –

“Creative BC is working at the provincial level to drive meaningful action and positive impacts relevant to the issues of respect, diversity and equality in B.C.’s creative industries. As signatories of jointly developed national guiding principles for funders, and partners with industry on relevant strategic initiatives, we are dedicated to collaborating at all levels toward constructive change.”

Rudi Buttignol, president and CEO, Knowledge Network –

“We commend the actions taken by the provincial government to promote safe workplaces in B.C.’s creative sector. Knowledge Network is committed to supporting a respectful, equitable and safe working environment for our employees, and those we work with, in the independent production community.”

Quick Facts:

  • Creative industries in B.C. contribute more than $5 billion to the economy each year.
  • Creative industries in British Columbia include:
    • The motion picture industry
    • Music and sound recording
    • Interactive and digital media
    • Book and magazine publishing
  • The sector supports more than 90,000 full-time workers, and employs thousands more in part time or contract positions.
  • The arts and culture sector includes:
    • Artists and cultural organizations in dance, media arts, literary arts, museums, music, theatre and visual arts
    • Unincorporated collectives in various art forms
    • Indigenous artists and organizations
    • Arts festivals
    • Arts training institutions
    • Community arts organizations and arts presenters across B.C.
    • B.C. has the highest concentration of artists in Canada, supporting more than 24,800 professionals in communities throughout the province.

Learn More:

B.C. Arts Council:

Creative BC:

Knowledge Network:


Carolyn Jack
Communications Manager
Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture
Government Communications and Public Engagement
250 893-4449

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Amnesty International hosts talks in Prince George – Prince George Daily News

The abuse of indigenous rights in British Columbia and actions of Canadian mining companies in Guatemala will be the subject of talks in Prince George Wednesday evening.

West Moberly Chief Roland Willson will report on the latest developments of the court challenge to the Site C dam and will put the dam in the context of cumulative impacts on indigenous title and rights.

“Our elders and knowledge-holders have clearly identified how Site C, in combination with the two dams built earlier on the Peace River and with other developments, will irrevocably alter our cultural values and practices,” says Chief Willson. “We are not opposed to development, what we are opposed to is the unnecessary impacts caused by development. There is absolutely no reason to destroy the Peace River valley in order to produce that electricity.”

In proceeding with Site C, he says: “BC hydro and the province are infringing on our treaty rights, rights that are protected by the constitution of Canada.

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Avino Announces Appointment of New Director and Provides Corporate Update

June 18, 2018

Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. (ASM: TSX/NYSE American/GV6: FSE; “Avino” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce that Peter Bojtos has joined the Company’s Board of Directors as an independent  Director effective June 15, 2018; and in addition, we are also delighted to provide a corporate update to announce recent promotions.

Mr. Bojtos is a Professional Engineer with over 45 years of worldwide experience in the mining industry. He has an extensive background in corporate management as well as in all facets of the industry from exploration through the feasibility study stage to mine construction, operations and decommissioning.

Mr. Bojtos graduated from the University of Leicester, England in 1972, following which he worked at open-pit iron-ore and underground base-metal and uranium mines in West Africa, the United States and Canada. Following that, he worked in Toronto for Kerr Addison Mines Ltd., a Noranda Group company, in increasingly senior management and officer positions for 12 years. From 1990 to 1992 he was the President & CEO of RFC Resource Finance Corp. developing a zinc mine in Washington State. From 1992 to 1993 Mr. Bojtos was the President & CEO of Consolidated Nevada Goldfields Corp. which operated precious metal mines in the United States. From 1993 to 1995 he was Chairman & CEO of Greenstone Resources Ltd, constructing and operating several gold mines in Central America.

“Peter will be a valued addition to our Board given his extensive mining experience which includes his participation in financings, corporate acquisitions, mergers, development, building and re-opening of 19 mines, and his involvement in the operation of 24 producing mines, and we believe his expertise will assist the company as we continue to grow and move forward with our expansion at the Avino Mine in Durango, as well as the exploration and development of the Bralorne Gold property.” said David Wolfin, President and CEO. “Furthermore, I am very pleased that we have a talented group with which to draw from, and the recent promotions within our financial team are well deserved.”

In connection with the changes to the Board of Directors, Mr. Ross Glanville has decided to retire and has stepped down as a non-executive Director of Avino.  Mr. Glanville’s invaluable contributions have been extremely appreciated over the last 4 years, and the Board of Directors wish to thank him for his important service and leadership.

Corporate Development

Avino is also pleased to report that Nathan Harte, CPA has been promoted to Corporate Controller.  Nathan joined the team in September 2016 as a Senior Accountant and was quickly promoted to the position of Assistant Corporate Controller. Prior to joining the Avino team, Nathan worked with Deloitte LLP. as a Senior Associate with a focus on assurance and business advisory services.

“I would like to personally thank Nathan for his hard work and diligence while performing his duties and responsibilities. Nathan’s role will come with many challenges, and I have full confidence that he will continue to demonstrate his success,” stated Malcolm Davidson, Chief Financial Officer.

Further, the Company is pleased to announce that Ian Thomson, CPA, CMA has been promoted to Assistant Corporate Controller. Prior to joining the Avino team in 2016, Ian worked as a professional accountant in the real estate sector and focused on internal reporting and various business processes. Ian will continue to be involved with internal and external financial reporting, while assuming a more focused role on finance and accounting associated with operations.

As the Company continues to expand, the integration of finance and accounting into the operational side of our business will be important. I am confident Ian will have many new challenges and I look forward to sharing his success with the rest of the Company;” Malcolm Davidson, Chief Financial Officer.

About Avino

Avino is a silver and gold producer with a diversified pipeline of gold, silver and base metals properties in Mexico and Canada employing close to 600 people. Avino produces from its wholly owned Avino and San Gonzalo Mines near Durango, Mexico, and is currently evaluating the potential economics of possible future production at the Bralorne Gold Mine in British Columbia, Canada. The Company’s gold and silver production remains unhedged. The Company’s mission and strategy is to create shareholder value through its focus on profitable organic growth at the historic Avino Property near Durango, Mexico, and the strategic acquisition of mineral exploration and mining properties. Avino is committed to managing all business activities in an environmentally responsible and cost-effective manner, while contributing to the well-being of the communities in which we operate.

On Behalf of the Board

“David Wolfin”

David Wolfin
President & CEO
Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd.


Alexco Expands Environmental Business in Canada with Acquisition of Contango Strategies Ltd.

June 18, 2018 – Alexco Resource Corp. (NYSE American: AXU) (TSX: AXR) (“Alexco” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary, Alexco Environmental Group Holdings Inc. (“AEG”), has acquired Contango Strategies Ltd. (“Contango”), a private company based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, for consideration of $1,388,000 comprising $971,600 in cash and 237,999 common shares of Alexco at a deemed value of $416,400. The common shares were valued at $1.75 per share using a 20 day volume weighted average price per share. Payment will be in two tranches with $1,018,000 (comprising $601,600 in cash paid on closing and $416,400 in Alexco common shares to be issued upon receipt of all requisite regulatory approvals) and the remaining $370,000 cash payment to be made on the first anniversary of the transaction closing.  The acquisition includes all of Contango’s operations including $450,000 in working capital, property, plant and equipment at an estimated value of $330,000 and 20 full-time staff.

Contango specializes in biological (passive, semi-passive and active) water treatment systems for mining, oil and gas, and industrial operations. Contango operates a year-round environmentally controlled pilot-scale facility, which allows for the development, testing and optimization of technologies such as bioreactors and constructed treatment wetlands. Additionally, genetic profiling using Contango’s in-house DNA sequencing facility and microbiology laboratories can detect and identify microbes for applications including bioreactor optimization, corrosion and fouling correction, and environmental remediation.

Jim Harrington, President of AEG commented, “With the addition of Contango’s advanced technology and research facilities it will enable AEG to continue to be leaders in the sector and at the forefront of applied environmental science, especially in mining related industrial applications. The Contango team will not only expand our capacity and bring with it a strong client base but it will enable AEG to provide a much broader and diversified service to the industry.”

Clynt Nauman, CEO and Chairman of Alexco added, “We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Simair, Dr. Friesen and the rest of the Contango team to Alexco and look forward to them being important contributors to the overall growth of AEG. This compelling transaction delivers immediate value to shareholders with annual revenue expected to be in excess of $2.5 million but more importantly, I believe this type of science and technology is the future of environmental remediation and provides AEG with important additional tools to tackle complex environmental issues for our many clients. This transaction is the next step in growing our environmental business and should be viewed as our commitment to see AEG reach its full potential.”

Monique Simair, President and Founder of Contango commented, “We are excited to join the Alexco team and look forward to expanding the range of services offered to our clients. This transaction enables us to contribute Contango’s unique technologies and services to a broader client base and provides, under one banner, a full breadth of water treatment capabilities. Our laboratories and pilot-scale testing facilities will complement AEG’s expertise in the construction and operation of water treatment systems and turn-key environmental site management and remediation.”

About Dr. Monique Simair, PhD, RPBio, PBiol, EP

Dr. Simair holds a PhD in applied microbiology and post-doctoral research associateship in environmental microbiology and biogeochemistry. Dr. Simair’s expertise in bioremediation and passive/semi-passive water treatment has focused on the mining sector and industrial sites, spanning from conceptual design, to technical and public regulatory hearings, through to implementation and long-term closure. Dr. Simair has worked on passive, semi-passive, and biological water treatment systems such as constructed wetlands, bioreactors, and in-situ treatment for mines across North America and some overseas locations. Since founding Contango in 2010, she has grown the company into a thriving water treatment firm with laboratories and dedicated pilot facilities. As a result, she has been named one of Canada’s future entrepreneurial leaders by Profit Magazine (2011) and added to its W100 list of Canada’s top female entrepreneurs (2015).

About Dr. Vanessa Friesen, PhD, EP

Dr. Friesen holds a PhD in applied microbiology and biochemistry and is a Partner and Principal Scientist at Contango.  Dr. Friesen has extensive background in scientific design and testing of biological treatment systems and is regarded by industry as a leading scientist in the discipline of biological treatment of selenium. Dr. Friesen has coordinated the designs and testing for passive and semi-passive water treatment systems and provided specialist support for bioreactor performance monitoring and correction, optimization and enhanced control. Dr. Friesen has led Contango’s internal technology development team for six years, guiding Contango to becoming the first independent company in North America to provide contract genomic microbial profiling for the environmental and water treatment sectors, and maintaining Contango at the forefront of this sector.

About Alexco

Alexco Resource Corp. holds the historical high grade Keno Hill Silver District located in Canada’s Yukon Territory.  Employing a unique business model, Alexco also provides mine-related environmental services, remediation technologies and reclamation and mine closure services to both government and industry clients through the Alexco Environmental Group, its wholly-owned environmental services division.


Clynton R. Nauman, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Jim Harrington, President, Alexco Environmental Group
Lisa May, Director of Investor Relations
Phone:  (778) 945-6577


Pretium Resources Inc.: Underground Exploration Drilling Complete; Brucejack Mineralization Extends to the East

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 18, 2018 — Pretium Resources Inc. (TSX:PVG) (NYSE:PVG) (“Pretivm” or the “Company”) is pleased to report the results of underground exploration drilling. Both holes, over 1,500-meters in length, drilled east from the Valley of the Kings intersected Brucejack-style mineralization throughout, with anomalous copper and molybdenum mineralization suggesting proximity to porphyry-style mineralization at depth.

The drilling was conducted to test mineralization continuity between the Valley of the Kings and the Flow Dome Zone while assessing the potential for a porphyry source at depth.  The Flow Dome Zone is an area approximately 1,000 meters east of the Brucejack Mine, where drilling in 2015 intersected high-grade gold (see news release dated October 8, 2015). Holes VU-820 and VU-911 were drilled from the eastern edge of the 1200-meter level of the Valley of the Kings underground development.  Hole VU-820 was drilled 1,584 meters to the east at a -50 degree angle, and hole VU-911 was drilled 1,555 meters to the east at a -65 degree angle.

For a section view of the reported holes please see the following link:

Extending the known limits of the Brucejack Mine mineralization

Results confirm the presence of Brucejack-style mineralization starting from the eastern edge of the Valley of the Kings to beneath the Flow Dome Zone. Oriented core drilling intersected Brucejack-style alteration, veining, and mineralization along the length of both drill holes. The holes were directed to test the porphyry potential and were drilled subparallel to the stockwork veining.  Stockwork veinlets and significant stockwork breccia containing gold and silver mineralization were intersected in both drill holes. Four occurrences of visible gold were noted between depths of 105 meters and 802 meter in the steeper (VU-911) drill hole. (See Table 1 below for select assays.)  These results will be used for planning a future underground drill program focused on resource expansion of the Valley of the Kings to the east.

Selected drill highlights include:

Hole VU-820 intersected:

  • 1.71 grams of gold per tonne over 90.21 meters, including  5.12 grams of gold per tonne over 1.00 meter, 6.43 over 4.00 meters, 58.70 over 1.00 meter, and 6.06 over 1.00 meters;
  • 46.00 grams of gold per tonne over 1.00 meter;

Hole VU-911 intersected:

  • 157.00 grams of gold per tonne over 0.50 meters, visible gold was observed;
  • 142.00 grams of gold per tonne over 1.50 meters;
  • 76.30 grams of gold per tonne over 0.50 meters, visible gold was observed;
  • 33.60 grams of gold per tonne over 0.50 meters, visible gold was observed;

Exploration Drilling for Porphyry Source

Anomalous copper and molybdenum mineralization intersected at depth in both holes.  The zone of anomalous mineralization extends at depths of between 1,400 meters and 1,485 meters in drill hole VU-911, and occurs more diffusely over a broader area in drill hole VU-820 (1260 meters to 1585 meters down-hole depth). These intervals line-up sub vertically between both drill holes. The mineralized zone in drill hole VU-911 corresponds with a downhole total field magnetic high, change in alteration, and the presence of a coarse porphyritic host rock.  Pyrite grains from both holes show a transition from being zoned (Valley of the Kings style) to being unzoned with inclusions of chalcopyrite (Kerr style) downhole.  These features suggest increased proximity to porphyry style mineralization at depth below the Flow Dome Zone.

A follow-up surface geophysical program will be initiated utilizing the data from the downhole in-situ electrode. The drill results along with the geophysics will be compiled to refine targeting of this zone for subsequent drilling.  Mineral chemistry evaluation for porphyry vectoring and geochronology of porphyritic material at depth is currently underway.

Warwick Board, Ph.D., P.Geo, Pr.Sci.Nat., Vice President, Geology and Chief Geologist, Pretium Resources Inc. is the Qualified Person (“QP”) responsible for the Brucejack Mine exploration drilling.

Regional Grass-Roots Exploration

Crews have been mobilized to site and an MT geophysical survey is currently underway to refine high-priority targets for a 1,500 meter regional exploration drilling planned to commence in July.  The 2018 regional grass-roots exploration program follows up on the comprehensive regional exploration that has previously been completed on the 1,250-square kilometer property, including sampling, regional mapping, prospecting, airborne geophysics, ground geophysics, and hyperspectral mapping. To date, the program has resulted in the identification of several distinct areas that have the potential to host mineralized zones similar to the Valley of the Kings and Eskay Creek deposits.

Kenneth C. McNaughton, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., Chief Exploration Officer, Pretium Resources Inc. is the QP responsible for the regional grass-roots exploration program.

Table 1: Selected Exploration Drill Results, June 2018 (VU-820 & VU-911)(1,2)

VU-820 -50/90 53.00 56.00 3.00 0.71 5.00
74.00 75.00 1.00 11.30 20.70
121.00 122.00 1.00 3.53 2.70
153.00 154.00 1.00 24.10 12.30
177.00 178.00 1.00 1.25 96.00
181.00 182.00 1.00 1.20 40.40
229.00 230.00 1.00 1.11 60.60
307.80 309.41 1.61 17.38 822.29
incl. 307.80 308.33 0.53 18.10 1480.00
incl. 308.33 308.89 0.56 30.50 838.00
396.00 397.00 1.00 1.20 32.80
400.00 401.00 1.00 1.41 6.10
409.00 410.00 1.00 1.46 28.70
425.00 426.00 1.00 1.20 2.80
441.79 532.00 90.21 1.71 13.43
incl. 464.00 465.00 1.00 5.12 8.00
incl. 470.00 474.00 4.00 6.43 38.75
incl. 491.00 492.00 1.00 4.69 5.50
incl. 497.00 498.00 1.00 58.7 52.30
incl. 501.00 516.00 15.00 1.29 14.97
incl. 522.00 523.00 1.00 6.06 92.90
incl. 530.00 532.00 2.00 3.77 95.20
544.00 560.00 16.00 2.88 93.10
incl. 545.00 547.00 2.00 2.48 323.00
incl. 548.00 550.00 2.00 8.92 179.90
incl. 556.00 557.00 1.00 11.7 62.60
567.00 568.00 1.00 2.80 9.50
577.00 583.00 6.00 3.94 100.58
incl. 578.00 581.00 3.00 3.59 60.57
incl. 581.00 583.00 2.00 5.81 204.00
585.00 589.00 4.00 1.28 11.43
621.00 622.00 1.00 1.74 1.90
646.00 655.00 9.00 2.30 36.18
incl. 646.00 648.00 2.00 7.32 96.20
660.00 661.00 1.00 3.74 4.70
722.00 723.00 1.00 1.35 58.30
818.00 819.00 1.00 1.14 60.50
915.00 916.00 1.00 1.30 1.90
1128.00 1129.00 1.00 46.00 49.50
1143.00 1144.00 1.00 3.18 1.20
1148.00 1150.00 2.00 3.94 48.50
incl. 1149.00 1150.00 1.00 5.38 55.50
1161.00 1162.00 1.00 1.68 2.20
1193.00 1194.00 1.00 2.80 3.30
1329.00 1330.00 1.00 1.82 2.00
1518.00 1519.00 1.00 1.06 15.40
VU-911 -65/90 104.50 105.40 0.90 1.16 27.70
105.40 105.90 0.50 157.00 123.00 Visible gold
138.00 139.50 1.50 1.70 1.00
151.50 153.00 1.50 142.00 70.60
161.50 162.00 0.50 76.30 25.20 Visible gold
163.50 165.00 1.50 2.33 15.40
166.50 168.00 1.50 5.21 6.90
184.50 186.00 1.50 43.20 29.30
204.00 205.50 1.50 1.34 2.40
279.00 280.50 1.50 2.28 1.30
385.50 387.00 1.50 6.54 397.00
477.00 478.50 1.50 2.01 7.60
486.00 487.50 1.50 1.88 9.60
550.50 552.00 1.50 1.38 4.00
606.00 609.00 3.00 4.19 4.20
incl. 606.00 607.50 1.50 5.55 3.60
incl. 607.50 609.00 1.50 2.82 4.80
619.50 620.70 1.20 1.52 1.30
631.50 633.00 1.50 2.89 5.60
657.50 658.00 0.50 1.65 1.40 Visible gold
694.00 695.50 1.50 1.27 10.70
727.00 728.50 1.50 1.42 1.30
736.00 737.50 1.50 2.39 2.70
742.00 743.50 1.50 2.92 2.80
746.50 748.00 1.50 1.03 5.70
776.50 779.50 3.00 1.12 2.65
incl. 776.50 778.00 1.50 1.16 3.10
incl. 778.00 779.50 1.50 1.07 2.20
781.00 782.50 1.50 4.19 0.70
802.29 802.79 0.50 33.60 1825.00 Visible gold
811.00 812.50 1.50 1.17 4.80
820.00 821.50 1.50 2.66 2.50
860.50 862.00 1.50 1.52 1.90
1054.00 1055.50 1.50 1.58 1.40
1183.00 1184.50 1.50 3.94 3.30
1403.50 1405.00 1.50 1.53 3.90
1504.00 1505.50 1.50 1.04 0.25

(1) True thickness to be determined.                                                                                                                   
(2) All samples were submitted for preparation and analysis by ALS Chemex at its facilities in Terrace, B.C. All samples were analyzed using multi-digestion with ICP finish and fire assay with AA finish for gold. Samples with over 10 ppm gold were fire assayed with a gravimetric finish. Samples over 100 ppm silver were reanalyzed using four acid digestion with an ore grade AA finish. Samples over 1,500 ppm silver were fire assayed with a gravimetric finish. One in 20 samples was blank, one in 20 was a standard sample, and one in 20 samples had a sample cut from assay rejects assayed as a duplicate at ALS Chemex in North Vancouver, B.C.Half HQ core was assayed and the remainder stored on-site.

About Pretivm

Pretivm is ramping-up gold production at the high-grade underground Brucejack mine in northern British Columbia.

For further information contact:

Joseph Ovsenek Troy Shultz
President & CEO Manager, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications

Pretium Resources Inc.
Suite 2300, Four Bentall Centre, 1055 Dunsmuir Street
PO Box 49334 Vancouver, BC V7X 1L4
(604) 558-1784
(SEDAR filings: Pretium Resources Inc.)


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