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RNC Minerals Announces Orford Mining has Commenced Trading on the TSX-V Under the Symbol "ORM" & Positive Results from 2017 Exploration Program at Qiqavik

TORONTO, Oct. 30, 2017 /CNW/ - RNC Minerals (TSX: RNX) ("RNC") is pleased to announce that Orford Mining Corporation (TSX-V: ORM) (55% owned by RNC) has commenced trading on the TSX Venture Exchange (the "TSXV") under the ticker symbol "ORM".

RNC is also pleased to announce that Orford has reported the results of its Summer 2017 exploration program on the Qiqavik property in northern Quebec, as outlined below.

Mark Selby, President and CEO of RNC, commented, "I am very excited that this final step in the spin-out of RNC's former exploration assets into Orford Mining Corporation has now been completed and that Orford is now trading on the TSXV under the symbol "ORM". The results from the 2017 exploration season at Qiqavik include three new drill-supported high grade gold discoveries and five new high-grade gold prospecting discoveries at surface that remain untested by drilling. Orford also identified a significant structural break, the Qiqavik break, across the 40 km property, a substantial portion of which is left to be explored."

Highlights:

  • Extended 2016 surface discoveries at depth at Aurora, Esperance, and Esperance West with 14 of 19 drill holes intersecting gold mineralization: up to 13.7 g/t gold over 0.3m core length at Aurora, up to 8.8 g/t Au over 0.5 m core length at Esperance, and 5.6 g/t Au over 1.0 m core length at Esperance West with copper assays pending.  (See Table 1 for highlights)
    • Gold mineralization was successfully drill tested at Esperance along 300 metres of a 1.3 km structure, and at Esperance West along 650 metres of a 2.0 km structure
  • Made 5 new surface discoveries at Aurora Central, Gerfaut South, Central Qiqavik, Horizon, and Focused Intrusive. Selected grab samples from these discoveries include:
    • Aurora Central: Sub-outcrop quartz veins yielding 457.4 g/t, Au 114.7 g/t Au and 112.1 g/t Au in grab samples
    • Gerfaut South: multiple high-grade boulders with significant amounts of visible gold yielding grades of 122.5 g/t to 285.2 g/t in grab samples
    • Central Qiqavik: Multiple sub-outcrop mineralised zones yielding 14 grab samples grading from 5 g/t to 114 g/t in a 2 km by 2 km area
    • Horizon: A bedrock channel sample yielding 5.6 g/t over 0.9 m
    • Focused Intrusive: Local quartz vein blocks yielding values up to 8.93 g/t Au in grab samples


      Note that grab samples are selective by nature and values reported may not be representative of mineralized zones. Also note drill intervals reported in this press release are down-hole core lengths as true thicknesses cannot be determined with available information.

Figure 1: Drilling and Prospecting Highlights from the 2017 Work Program on the Qiqavik Property (CNW Group/RNC Minerals)

Note that grab samples are selective by nature and values reported may not be representative of mineralized zones. Also note drill intervals reported in this press release are down-hole core lengths as true thicknesses cannot be determined with available information.

 

Qiqavik 2017 Exploration Program and Results

The 2017 summer exploration program at Qiqavik consisted of 2,723 metres of diamond drilling in 23 holes (Table 1), 721 line-kilometres of airborne (drone) magnetic surveying, 105.6 line-kilometres of Abitibi Geophysics ground OreVisionTM IP surveying, prospecting, mapping, surface rock sampling, and till sampling (Figure 1). Details of the work program are available in the 43-101 Technical Report on the Qiqavik Property filed under Orford's profile on SEDAR and on Orford's website. This work has led to the better understanding of the surface occurrences discovered in 2016 and to the identification of many additional mineralized occurrences on the property.

Gold and multi-element assay results have been received for the drilling and surface sampling programs with the exception of multi-element results from holes QK-17-017, -019,  -020, -021, -022, -028 and -029, and 116 grab samples. These assays are pending and are expected to be received and published in early November. A summary of significant assay results from the drilling program and surface sampling program are presented below. A table of complete results can be accessed at Table 3. Note that grab samples are selective by nature and values reported may not be representative of mineralized zones. Also note drill intervals reported in this press release are down-hole core lengths as true thicknesses cannot be determined with available information.

Drilling has supported the subsurface extent of the structures and the Au and Au-Cu-Co mineralization associated with the 2016 surface gold discoveries at Esperance, Esperance West, and Aurora. 

Work completed during the 2017 program demonstrates that gold is associated with secondary splay structures located along the district-scale Qiqavik Break Shear Zone which extends the full 40 km length of the Qiqavik Property. Geological data indicate that gold mineralization at Qiqavik is structurally controlled and associated with porphyry intrusions in places. Typically, in structurally controlled gold deposits, the intensity of mineralization varies along the length of the structures with ore shoots focused in zones of dilation. Orford is currently analyzing airborne magnetic and field mapping data collected during the summer 2017 program to identify and locate sites of dilation along structures that were active at the time of gold mineralization in order to target significant gold mineralization accumulations.

The Qiqavik Break is part of the Cape Smith Belt event which is of Paleoproterozoic age (1.8-1.9 billion years). This geologic era is marked by its significant metal endowment as illustrated by the important gold districts that occur worldwide related to geological events of Paleoproterozoic age. These include the Flin Flon-Snow Lake Belt, the Ashanti Gold Fields of West Africa, the Tapajos-Parima Belt of Brazil, and the Tanami Region in Australia.

Table 1: Highlights from 2017 Qiqavik Exploration Drilling1 

Hole


From

To

Core

Length (m)

Au

g/t

Cu

%

Co

%

Area

QK-17-007


36.0

37.0

1.00

0.84

0.02


Aurora


And

51.2

53.0

1.77

3.05

0.01


Aurora


Including

51.2

52.3

1.00

4.93

0.01


Aurora


And

54.0

55.0

1.00

0.50

0.01


Aurora


And

56.0

57.0

1.00

1.60

0.01


Aurora


And

67.4

68.2

0.79

0.65

0.01


Aurora


And

69.1

70.3

1.16

0.95

0.01


Aurora


And

80.0

81.5

1.50

0.62

0.01


Aurora


And

86.0

86.8

0.75

2.26

0.01


Aurora


And

88.7

90.0

1.32

0.59

0.01


Aurora


And

91.8

92.3

0.52

1.01

0.01


Aurora


And

96.2

97.1

0.89

0.83

0.01


Aurora


And

122.0

123.0

1.00

0.56

0.00


Aurora

QK-17-008


17.5

20.0

2.50

2.39

0.26

0.02

Esperance


Including

17.5

18.0

0.50

8.83

0.49

0.03


QK-17-009


7.0

8.0

1.00

0.51

0.01


Aurora


And

21.0

23.2

2.20

2.55

0.01


Aurora


Including

21.0

21.3

0.30

13.68

0.01




And

79.0

79.5

0.50

0.67

0.01


Aurora


And

81.0

82.0

1.00

0.80

0.00


Aurora


And

85.9

87.0

1.12

1.43

0.00


Aurora

QK-17-010


32.4

33.2

0.76

2.17

0.18

0.09

Esperance

QK-17-011


30.0

31.5

1.50

1.62

0.34

0.09

Esperance


Including

30.9

31.5

0.60

3.35

0.57

0.14


QK-17-012


72.8

75.2

2.36

1.17

0.73

0.02

Esperance

QK-17-014


68.0

69.0

1.00

1.03

0.01


Esperance

QK-17-018


36.6

37.2

0.59

0.87

0.18


Esperance West


And

38.6

39.3

0.70

3.02

0.15


Esperance West


And

83.4

84.7

1.30

1.90

0.01


Esperance West

QK-17-019


94.0

95.0

1.00

1.05

NA

NA

Esperance West

QK-17-021


32.0

39.1

7.10

1.59

NA

NA

Esperance West


Including

33

34.1

1.10

3.62

NA

NA



And

45.0

46.5

1.51

4.65

NA

NA

Esperance West


And

62.0

63.0

1.00

1.58

NA

NA

Esperance West

QK-17-022


29.0

30.0

1.00

5.21

NA

NA

Esperance West


And

31.0

35.0

4.00

2.63

NA

NA

Esperance West


including

33

34

1.00

5.58

NA

NA



And

39.5

40.0

0.50

4.26

NA

NA

Esperance West


And

41.0

42.0

1.00

2.31

NA

NA

Esperance West


And

59.0

60.0

1.00

4.75

NA

NA

Esperance West


And

62.0

63.0

1.00

0.94

NA

NA

Esperance West


And

84.0

85.0

1.00

1.07

NA

NA

Esperance West

QK-17-027


54.3

55.5

1.18

0.73

0.54


Esperance West


And

137.0

138.0

1.00

1.02

0.46


Esperance West

1.

Note that drill intervals reported in this press release are down-hole core lengths as true thicknesses cannot be determined with available information.  NA indicates that results are not available as they have not yet been received from the lab ; blank values are not significant. 

 

Composites were calculated using a Minimum Composite Grade of 0.5 g/t Au, a Minimum Composite length of 0.5m, a Cut Off Grade of 0.5 g/t Au, a Maximum Internal Dilution of 0.5 m, Minimum Internal Dilution grade of 0 g/t Au.]  Indicated lengths are reported as apparent thickness along the core and do not represent true thickness of the mineralized intersections. True thicknesses are unknown.  Drill hole location and orientation details available in the 43-101 Technical Report on the Qiqavik Property filed under Orford's profile on SEDAR and on Orford's website

Esperance

At Esperance, drilling has outlined two Au-Cu-Co sulphide-rich mineralized zones, Esperance and Esperance West, that extend over a known strike length of 300m and 650m respectively (Figure 2). Results include 2.39 g/t Au, 0.26% Cu over 2.5m in QK-17-022 at Esperance and 2.63 g/t Au, (Cu pending) over 4.0m including 5.58 g/t Au, (Cu pending) over 1.0m in QK-17-008 at Esperance West. Multiple porphyry dykes were observed in the core at Esperance which may be related to mineralization.

The polymetallic mineralized trend continues West of Esperance along the Qiqavik Shear Zone where the new Horizon discovery has yielded 5.67 g/t Au over 0.9m in a channel sample at a distance of 1.0 km from the Esperance West drilling.

Figure 2: Esperance and Esperance West Areas: Drill Hole Locations and Significant Surface Samples from the 2017 program (CNW Group/RNC Minerals)

Table 2: Highlights from 2017 Qiqavik Surface Sampling1 

Area

Sample Number

Au (g/t)

Cu (%)

Co (%)

Sample Type

Easting

Northing

Aurora Central

66898

457.36

0.01


Sub-outcrop

465949

6826087

Aurora Central

66900

114.66

0.01


Sub-outcrop

465947

6826089

Aurora Central

66899

112.13



Sub-outcrop

465947

6826089

Aurora Central

66780

31.33

0.01

0.001

Boulder

465937

6826084

Aurora Central

66893

24.93



Sub-outcrop

465943

6826085

Aurora Central

66895

23.49



Sub-outcrop

465945

6826089

Aurora Central

66782

22.7



Boulder

465935

6826083

Aurora Central

66896

19.31

0.01

0.001

Sub-outcrop

465945

6826089

Aurora Central

66894

16.14


0.001

Sub-outcrop

465942

6826084

Aurora Central

66901

15.47



Boulder

465944

6826090

Aurora Central

66781

7.17



Boulder

465941

6826087

Central Qiqavik

66612

113.96



Boulder

476153

6824210

Central Qiqavik

66607

71.96



Boulder

476170

6824246

Central Qiqavik

66593

30.75



Sub-outcrop

477131

6824768

Central Qiqavik

66614

26.59



Boulder

476189

6824217

Central Qiqavik

66927

26.46

0.01

0.007

Boulder

478108

6823899

Central Qiqavik

66613

23.72



Boulder

476185

6824218

Central Qiqavik

66603

20.44



Boulder

477793

6825539

Central Qiqavik

66598

17.86



Boulder

475809

6824873

Central Qiqavik

66621

15.72


0.001

Boulder

476353

6823713

Central Qiqavik

66625

11.02



Boulder

476847

6825363

Central Qiqavik

66571

9.88



Sub-outcrop

477287

6824895

Central Qiqavik

66928

7.71

0.01

0.003

Boulder

478101

6823905

Central Qiqavik

67258

6.97

0.05


Boulder Field

476731

6823743

Central Qiqavik

66643

5.07

 NA

 NA

Boulder

476249

6824193

Central Qiqavik

66582

3.50


0.267

Sub-outcrop

477523

6825087

Central Qiqavik

66578

0.92

0.06

0.113

Boulder

477533

6825083

Central Qiqavik

66579

0.62

0.15

0.142

Sub-outcrop

477531

6825080

Central Qiqavik

66585

0.60


0.104

Sub-outcrop

477529

6825091

Central Qiqavik

66583

0.59


0.274

Sub-outcrop

477516

6825094

Esperance

67039

15.01

 NA

 NA

Sub-outcrop

457511

6831923

Esperance West

66385

6.68

0.91

0.007

Outcrop

454672

6832914

Esperance West

66526

6.09

3.01

0.045

Boulder

456040

6832758

Esperance West

66279

4.85

2.44

0.004

Sub-outcrop

456172

6832418

Esperance West

66309

1.88

1.90

0.005

Boulder Field

455536

6832821

Esperance West

66281

1.57

2.51

0.065

Boulder Field

456237

6832508

Esperance West

66400

1.33

1.21

0.028

Sub-outcrop

455931

6832667

Esperance West

66312

1.09

3.04

0.003

Boulder Field

455548

6832822

Esperance West

66311

0.79

1.42

0.002

Boulder Field

455529

6832836

Esperance West

66277

0.70

1.21

0.004

Sub-outcrop

456092

6832326

Esperance West

66399

0.23

1.06

0.008

Sub-outcrop

455915

6832643

Esperance West

66398

0.19

1.82

0.003

Sub-Crop

455927

6832648

Esperance West

66294

0.16

3.56

0.02

Boulder

455707

6832644

Focused Intrusive

66754

8.93



Boulder

465061

6825920

Focused Intrusive

66773

4.25



Boulder

465188

6825835

Gerfaut South

66933

285.24

0.11


Boulder

489613

6825257

Gerfaut South

66936

253.64

0.02


Boulder

489642

6825302

Gerfaut South

66930

177.47

0.08


Boulder

489690

6825259

Gerfaut South

67316

122.52

0.02


Boulder Field

489691

6825255

Gerfaut South

66934

61.97

0.01


Boulder

489603

6825261

Gerfaut South

66933

285.24

0.11


Boulder

489613

6825257

Horizon

67055

5.62

NA

NA

Channel (0.9m)

454870

6833844

Parent Block

66669

6.54

NA

NA

Boulder

447631

6818486

Regional

66534

2.05

3.66

0.005

Boulder

457114

6834498

Regional

66536

3.74

1.45

0.015

Boulder

457125

6834542

Regional

66511

29.52

0.02


Boulder

460011

6833064


66535

0.29

0.97

0.005

Boulder

457119

6834518

1.

Note that grab samples are selective by nature and values reported may not be representative of mineralized zones. NA indicates that results are not available as they have not yet been received from the lab; blank values are not significant.

 

Sub-outcrop samples are taken from frost-heaved blocks that have been detached from the bedrock, but are still in place above their bedrock source.  Boulder fields are extensive areas of angular boulders of the same lithology.

Aurora

At Aurora, drilling has intersected two quartz vein hosted gold mineralized zones, Aurora and Aurora West, separated by 1.6 km (Figure 3). Results include 2.55 g/t Au, over 2.2m including 13.68 g/t over 0.30 m in QK-17-009 at Aurora West, and 3.05 g/t Au over 1.8 m including 4.93 g/t Au 1.0m in QK-17-007 at Aurora. Approximately equidistant between these two zones, at Central Aurora, prospecting has yielded a new discovery of quartz veins with galena mineralization occurring along a West-Northwest shear zone. Sub-outcrop samples from this zone containing visible gold include samples grading 457.4 g/t, Au 114.7 g/t Au and 112.1 g/t Au.

Additionally, to the south of the main Aurora trend, many quartz vein boulders of proximal source containing polymetallic sulphide mineralization were discovered at the eastern contact zone of the Focused Intrusive. The mineralization and structures indicate multiple void filling events by mineralized fluids in an extension system. Assay results from grab samples from this area include 8.93 g/t Au and 4.25 g/t Au.  This discovery was made in the last two days of the 2017 program.


Figure 3: Aurora and Aurora West Areas 2017 Drill Hole Locations and Significant Surface Samples (CNW Group/RNC Minerals)

Central

Initial drilling on structures at Central Qiqavik have yielded strongly altered shear zones with anomalous gold (up to 0.26 g/t over 3.0 m and 0.34 g/t over 1 m in QK-17-023) (Figure 4). Concurrent prospecting and mapping at Central Qiqavik in 2017 has led to the discovery of multiple new mineralised trends defined by high-grade surface grab samples over a 2.5 km by 2.5 km area including individual zones with samples grading up to 113.96 g/t, 24.46 g/t, 17.86 g/t and 20.44 g/t respectively. Follow-up of these discoveries will focus future targeting on the most prospective areas of Central Qiqavik.


Figure 4: Central Area 2017 Drill Hole Locations and Significant Surface Samples (CNW Group/RNC Minerals)

Gerfaut

Prospecting in the Gerfaut Area has led to the discovery of multiple angular boulders containing visible gold in the Gerfaut South Area.  Grab samples from these boulders have yielded high-grade gold values including 285.24 g/t, 253.64 g/t, 177.47 g/t and 122.52 g/t (Figure 5). These boulders occur 1 km southeast of and up-ice from the historical drill intersection of 3.08 g/t Au over 10.5 m in PAR96-01 and therefore likely represent a different source. Glacial transport is toward the NNE, and due to the proximity of the glacial divide field data suggest limited distance (50 to a few hundreds of metres) between the source of gold-bearing mineralization and boulders and related geochemical anomalies detected in till.

Figure 5: Gerfaut Area 2017 Significant Surface Samples (CNW Group/RNC Minerals)

Qualified Person and Quality Assurance and Quality Control

The disclosure of scientific and technical information contained in this news release has been approved by Alger St-Jean, P. Geo, Vice President, Exploration of RNC Minerals, a Qualified Person under NI 43-101.

The work program at Qiqavik was supervised by Michelle Sciortino, Senior Project Geologist who is responsible for all aspects of the work, including the quality control/quality assurance program. On-site personnel at the project log and weigh all samples prior to sealing and shipping. Sample shipments are sealed and shipped to Techni-Lab, Sainte-Germaine-Boulé, Québec. All gold assays reported were obtained by either 350-g screen fire assay or standard 50-gram fire-assaying-AA finish or gravimetric finish (method 1A2-5 and 1A3-50) at. The 350-g screen assay method is selected by the site geologist or the lab when samples contain coarse gold or higher percentage of sulfide mineralization that may be associated with gold relative to surrounding intervals. All samples are also analyzed for multi-elements, including copper and silver, using a four-acid method with an ICP-EOS and ICP-MS finish at Techi-labs affiliated Actlabs in Ancaster, Ontario. Overlimits were analyzed by peroxide fusion with ICP-EOS finish. Drill program design, Quality Assurance/Quality Control ("QA/QC") and interpretation of results is performed by qualified persons employing a QA/QC program consistent with NI 43-101 and industry best practices. Standards and blanks are inserted at a minimum of 10% and 5% for core and grab samples respectively for QA/QC purposes in addition to those inserted by the lab. A subset of samples has not yet been sent for a verification assay at another lab.

Techni-Lab Laboratory, is a subsidiary of Act Labs, is accredited (n. 707) by the Standards Council of Canada and found to comply with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2005 (CAN-P-4E) and CAN-P-1579.

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains "forward-looking information" including without limitation statements relating to the liquidity and capital resources of RNC, production guidance and the potential of the Beta Hunt and Reed mines as well as the and the potential of the Dumont development project and Qiqavik, West Raglan, Jones-Keystone Loflin and Landrum-Faulkner exploration properties.

Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of RNC to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Factors that could affect the outcome include, among others: future prices and the supply of metals; the results of drilling; inability to raise the money necessary to incur the expenditures required to retain and advance the properties; environmental liabilities (known and unknown); general business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties; accidents, labour disputes and other risks of the mining industry; political instability, terrorism, insurrection or war; or delays in obtaining governmental approvals, projected cash costs, failure to obtain regulatory or shareholder approvals. For a more detailed discussion of such risks and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, refer to RNC's filings with Canadian securities regulators, including the most recent Annual Information Form, available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Although RNC has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results to differ from those anticipated, estimated or intended. Forward-looking statements contained herein are made as of the date of this news release and RNC disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities laws.

SOURCE RNC Minerals

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