HAWKEYE Gold & Diamond Inc. is pleased to announce it has entered into a Sale and Purchase Agreement (SAPA) with the vendor of the Cariboo Valley Project (the "Property) to acquire a 100% interest in the 2,093-hectare Property situated approximately 32 kilometres south-southeast of the Town of Barkerville, BC, Canada.
The Property includes claims on the north and south shore of Cariboo Lake and is located contiguous to both the western boundary of HAWKEYE's 2 Aces property and Barkerville Gold Mines' ("BGM") claims to the north. The Property lies within the southeasterly-striking Snowshoe Group of the Barkerville Terrane. This is the geological formation that hosts BGM's current gold mine development and exploration projects and also underlies a number of historic to recent placer gold claims within and adjacent to the Property.
About the Barkerville-Cariboo District and BGM
Placer gold was discovered and mined in the Cariboo Lake area along a number of drainages including Keithley, Snowshoe, Simlock and Harveys Creeks starting in 1860. The town of Barkerville became established as the centre of the historic Cariboo gold rush following the 1861-1862 discoveries to the north on Lightning Creek, Williams Creek and the surrounding area. The recorded production estimate from 1861-1987 reported more than 5,000,000 ounces of gold which included 3,800,000 ounces from placer operations and 1,230,000 ounces from lode mining. Recently, BGM, the current principal property holder in the district, announced resource definition on lode gold projects and large exploration programs focused along the NW to SE-directed high strain zones in the Barkerville Terrane. BGM has eight (8) drills conducting a 130,000 metre drill program in 2017 and continues to release positive results.
Message from the President
Mr. Greg Neeld, President & CEO states, "HAWKEYE is eager to establish its portfolio of properties in the Barkerville-Cariboo gold district. The acquisitions place HAWKEYE in a historical mining centre continuously productive for more than 150 years and with recent exploration successes and ongoing mine development activity. Our land position now has increased to 10,737 hectares and we intend to acquire additional claims in the Barkerville area. The Cariboo Valley Property and adjacent 2 Aces property are on geological strike with known lode gold prospects and past-producing placer gold mines. The Company has purchased the Property based on its favourable location and regional geological features. BGM is drilling 250,000 metres within two years and its success identifying greenfield drill targets points to increased potential and opportunity within the Barkerville-Cariboo gold district. We look forward to implementing our exploration program on the Property."
The Cariboo Valley Project
HAWKEYE's Cariboo Valley Project is situated six (6) kilometres south of the historical Cariboo Hudson Mine within the Late Proterozoic to Paleozoic Snowshoe Group of the Barkerville Terrane. The principal successions of the Snowshoe Group are comprised of siltstone, quartzite, conglomerate, and sandstone with lesser volcanics, black slate and limestone, which have undergone multi-stage deformation with penetrative fabrics and regional metamorphism ranging from lower greenschist (chlorite) to locally amphibolite (garnet-staurolite) grade.
The lithologies are characterized by moderate to steeply dipping, southeasterly striking, locally overturned folds with northwesterly shear zones and plunging lineations, regional east-southeasterly striking thrust faults and later faulting along a general north-northeast direction. The principal mineralization is associated with high strain zones and parallels magnetic features from regional and detailed airborne geophysics.
The Property contains favourable geological units overprinted by extensive deformation. The southeasterly-trending Ladies Creek drainage hosted placer gold claims and is located on structural strike with historical placer gold occurrences with an interpreted local provenance.
Previous work on the Property included regional geological mapping, airborne geophysics, and reconnaissance soil and stream geochemistry surveys. The Property exhibits widely spaced stream geochemical anomalies for gold and select pathfinder elements such as copper, lead, bismuth and mercury.
Gold mineralization typically is associated with quartz veins, iron carbonate (ankerite), and pyrite cutting amenable metasedimentary units of greenschist grade. Placer gold was derived from Tertiary age deep weathering of the vein deposits. Gold fineness from nearby placer operations exhibited variance consistent with multiple sources, periods or styles of mineralization, including secondary precipitation. Base metal anomalies may be related to Kuroko or Besshi style volcanogenic (VMS) mineralization and/or carbonate-associated deposition (MVT, CRD).
The Cariboo Valley Property acquisition is subject to a $5,000.00 cash payment and the issuance of 50,000 shares and a further 250,000 share issuance should the project proceed to a pre-feasibility study. The acquisition is not subject to an NSR. The Sale and Purchase Agreement between HAWKEYE and the Vendor is subject to TSX approval.
HAWKEYE has a right of first refusal on certain other properties controlled by the Vendor within the historical Barkerville-Cariboo district.
Greg Davison, M.Sc., P.Geo., Senior Technical Advisor to HAWKEYE is the Company's designated Qualified Person within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101"). Mr. Davison has prepared, reviewed and validated that the technical information contained within this release is accurate.