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Bateman Gold Project

Overview History and Current Status String of Pearls Location Geology Drilling and Chip Sample Database

Key Facts

Location: Red Lake, Ontario, Canada
Mineral Tenure: 510.4 ha (Bateman Gold Property)
Interest: 100% mineral rights
Deposit type: High-grade Archean lode gold (underground)
Stage: Project Development
Infrastructure: 1,800 tpd mill circuit (permitted for 1,250 tpd), +14 km U/G development, shaft
Royalties: 3.0% (Franco Nevada 2.0% on water claims; Royal Gold 1.0% on land claims)

The Bateman Gold Project is an underground development project located in the district of Red Lake, Ontario, Canada. It is located approximately 265 kilometres (km) northeast of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Battle North Gold wholly owns 100 percent (%) of the Bateman Gold Project. The Bateman Gold Project consists of the high-grade F2 Gold Deposit, more than 14,000 m of underground development including a commissioned shaft that goes down approximately 730 m below surface, and surface infrastructure that includes a 1,250 tonne per day mill facility (currently in care and maintenance), a completed tailings management facility, electric power supply and substation, 200-person camp, earth-works and civil-works.

NI 43-101 
Technical Report Bateman Gold Project: F2 Gold Deposit Feasibility Study and McFinley Zone Mineral Resource Estimate
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History and Current Status

The exploration and mining history of the Red Lake mining district dates back to 1925, when significant gold was first discovered by prospector L. B. Howey. The Bateman gold property was initially staked and owned by McCallum Red Lake Mines Ltd. in 1922. After a series of ownership changes, Battle North Gold optioned the property from Dominion Goldfields Corporation in two agreements in 2002. The surface rights of the Patented Claims are now owned by 0691403 B.C. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Battle North Gold.

Since acquiring the Bateman Gold Project in 2002, Battle North Gold has conducted an extensive exploration program, which includes geological mapping, re-logging of selected historic boreholes, digital compilation of available historical data, ground and airborne magnetic surveys, mechanical trenching, channel sampling, bathymetric survey, airborne high resolution resistivity and induced polarization (DCIP), Titan 24 geophysical survey, petrographic study, topographic survey, data modelling and processing, along with numerous drilling programs. Since 2002 and up to January 2020, Battle North Gold has completed more than 550,000 m of core drilling on the Bateman Gold Project.

Since the end of 2016, here are major milestones achieved at the Bateman Gold Project:

REPUTABLE CONSULTANTS: Golder Associates and T. Maunula & Associates have been working with Battle North Gold since early 2017.

NEW STRUCTURAL MODEL SHOWS BETTER CONTINUITY: Simplified interpretation allows for the evaluation of bulk mining methods.

2018 MINERAL RESOURCE ESTIMATE DEMONSTRATED SIGNIFICANT GROWTH: M&I Resources increased +113%; Inferred Resources increased +81%

POSITIVE 35K-TONNE BULK SAMPLE RECONCILIATION: Validating 2018 Mineral Resource Estimate and new geological model

+110% INCREASE IN 2019 MEASURED & INDICATED RESOURCES: 2019 Mineral Resource Estimate demonstrated substantial growth in ounces in higher confidence categories

POSITIVE 2019 PEA DEMONSTRATING AFTER-TAX IRR 40.2% and NPV(5%) C$135M: Based on a US$1,325/oz gold price assumption

FURTHER INCREASE IN 2020 MEASURED & INDICATED RESOURCE ESTIMATES: Measured and Indicated Mineral Resource estimates are 3.9M tonnes grading 6.45 g/t Au for 811,000 of gold and Inferred Mineral Resource estimate is 2.0M tonnes grading 6.97 g/t Au for 464,000 oz of gold.

FEASIBILITY STUDY ON TRACK FOR H2/2020: Measured and Indicated Mineral Resource estimates are 3.9M tonnes grading 6.45 g/t Au for 811,000 oz of gold and Inferred Mineral Resource estimate is 2.0M tonnes grading 6.97 g/t Au for 464,000 oz of gold.

String of Pearls

The String of Pearls are a series of high-priority targets – McFinley Zone, Pen Zone, CARZ and Island Zone – within 2 kilometres of the Bateman Gold Project infrastructure that could potentially provide incremental mill feed to the Project’s future production. These targets have been historically drilled (including intersections of high-grade mineralization) and can be potentially accessed from the underground if the company is able to delineate NI 43-101 mineral resource estimates from these zones. In 2020, Battle North Gold began confirmatory exploration activities at the String of Pearls.

String of Pearls

McFinley Zone

The McFinley Zone is located approximately 420 m west of the Bateman Gold Project’s F2 Gold Zone, the main deposit of the Project. The McFinley Zone benefits from historical drilling and a partially completed 15,000-ton bulk sample program (with head grade estimates of approximately 0.25 ounces per ton) undertaken in the 1980s from three developed underground levels: 46 m, 84 m, and 122 m Levels. These levels are connected to the Project shaft and with a direct connection to the F2 Gold Zone on the 122 m Level. Gold mineralization at the McFinley Zone is primarily hosted in gold-bearing quartz veins and sulphides in BIF and basaltic unit settings. The McFinley Zone is comprised of three distinct sub-areas of mineralization (the B, C, and D Zones) that appear to be displaced by a local fault. The C Zone is hosted along an ultramafic and basalt contact while the B and D Zones are hosted within an intermixed BIF/basaltic unit. The McFinley Zone has a historical mineral resource estimate (which is not NI 43-101 compliant) of 303,000 tonnes grading 6.86 g/t Au to a depth of 122 m and mineralization remains open along strike and down plunge/dip.

Historic McFinley Deposit Technical Report (Hogg, 2002) 

Historical (Pre-2020) McFinley Zone Chip Sample Data (Battle North news release dated August 11, 2020; Table 5)

2020 McFinley Zone Chip Sample Data (Battle North news release dated August 11, 2020; Table 4)

2020 McFinley Zone Drill Program Sections (Battle North news release dated September 24, 2020; Diagrams 2-11) 

McFinley Zone
Figure 2

McFinley Zone

Pen Zone

The Pen Zone is a mineralized target area located within 550 m of the Bateman Gold Project. Battle North has conducted drilling from the 244 m Level exploration drift of the Project, targeting the high-titanium basaltic units, which are the main host rock of gold mineralization in this zone. The information gathered from the 2020 Pen Zone drilling program is expected to further advance the Company’s understanding of the lithological and structural controls on the gold mineralization in the zone. Historical drilling at the Pen Zone demonstrated high-grade mineralization and initial assay results from the current drilling program appear to confirm those historical results. Current modelling of the Pen Zone High-Ti Basalt Units has this zone potentially extending at depth, which warrants further exploration drilling.

Pen Zone


The Bateman Gold Project is located in the southwestern part of Bateman Township within the Red Lake mining district of northwestern Ontario, Canada (Figure 1). The town of Red Lake is approximately 150 kilometres (km) northwest of Dryden, Ontario and 265 km northeast of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The total area of the mineral tenure is 510.4 hectares. The Bateman Gold Project is centred on the historical McFinley Shaft (now called the Phoenix Shaft), located at latitude 51.13 degrees north and longitude 93.74 degrees west. Battle North Gold has a 100 percent (%) interest in the Bateman Gold Project.

Figure 1


The Bateman Gold Project is located in the Red Lake Greenstone Belt, of the Superior Province of the Canadian Precambrian Shield, one of Canada’s preeminent gold producing districts with more than 26 million ounces of gold produced since the 1930s. The Red Lake Greenstone Belt is subdivided into several rock assemblages recording magmatic and sedimentary activities that occurred from 3.0 to 2.7 billion years before the present. The tholeiitic and komatiitic metabasalts of the Balmer Assemblage are the oldest volcanic rocks in the greenstone belt and its lower and middle portions host the major lode gold deposits in the Red Lake district. The Bateman Gold Project is hosted within northeast-trending Balmer Assemblage, which, in this area, is comprised of three tholeiitic mafic volcanic rock sequences, separated by distinct marker horizons of felsic and ultramafic volcanic rock. A strong north-northeast-trending (north-south mine grid) structural fabric pervasive through the area is considered part of the East Bay Deformation Zone. The F2 Gold Deposit occurs in a northeast-trending (north-trending mine grid) sequence of interbedded ultramafic and high-titanium basaltic rocks (HiTi basalt) that is cut by a series of felsic intrusive rock and minor mafic dikes. At least four generations of structures occur in the F2 deposit. The first generation (D1) is associated with a northeast-trending (north-trending mine grid) penetrative foliation (S1) that primarily occurs in ultramafic rock. D2 structures are characterized by east-southeast- and north-northwest-trending (east-northeast- and westnorthwest-trending mine grid) shear zones. The D2 shear zones are typically characterized by less than 1-to 3- metre wide zones of strongly-developed foliation, and occur with or without sets of laminated quartz veins or extensional quartz vein arrays.

Underground development completed since 2013 has exposed the gold mineralization for study and approximately 95,000 metres (m) of new infill core drilling completed since 2013 has helped understand better its relationship to D2 shear zones and its distribution.

While the new geological information confirms the conceptual geological interpretation of 2013, the controls on the distribution of higher grade gold mineralization are now better defined. Gold mineralization in the F2 gold system is characterized by vein and sulphide replacement style mineralization hosted within two main rock types – HiTi basalt units and felsic intrusive rock. These rock types have been correlated over vertical distances of approximately 1,500 m and horizontal distances of approximately 1,200 m. Gold mineralization occurred in two main stages: an early stage overprinted by D1 and a later stage controlled by D2 shear zones. The spatial relationship between D2 shear zones and the second phase of gold mineralization could not be fully appreciated until new underground development excavated in 2014 and 2015 exposed more of the auriferous system.

Historical Drill Results

Please review previous news releases in relation to the historical drill results for more details.

From 2017 onward, please review exploration news releases for drill assay results.

McFinley Zone Chip Sample Data:

Table 4 - 2020 McFinley Zone Chip Sample Data (Battle North news release dated August 11, 2020)

Table 5 – Historical (Pre-2020) McFinley Zone Chip Sample Data (Battle North news release dated August 11, 2020)