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NexGen Demonstrating Continuity of Grade and Thickness at Arrow

VANCOUVER, Dec. 12, 2019  – NexGen Energy Ltd. (“NexGen” or the “Company”) (TSX: NXE, NYSE MKT: NXE) is pleased to report assay results for an additional forty holes from the Company’s recently completed Feasibility-stage drilling program at the 100% owned, Rook I property in the Athabasca Basin Saskatchewan.

Intersections of the Arrow Deposit during the 2019 drilling campaign continue to verify the overall continuity of the A2 and A3 Pre-Feasibility Study (“PFS”, see News Release dated November 5, 2018) Indicated Domains and confirm the highest confidence Measured Resource spacing. Figures 1 and 2 demonstrate the continuity of high-grade mineralization at the Arrow Deposit as targeted by NexGen by comparing results from the 2019 drill program against the PFS Indicated Domains.

All 2019 drill holes were collared at a steep inclination, then shallowed out between -55° and -60° before intersecting the target by utilizing the latest in directional drilling technology.

The results below highlight intersections through the A2 and A3 High-Grade Domains for Indicated-to-Measured resource definition only. For complete hole results please see results Table 1.

A2 High-Grade Domains

  • AR-19-229c5 intersected 46.0 m at 4.51% U3O8 (614.0 to 660.0 m) including 4.0 m at 15.21% U3O8 (629.0 to 633.0 m). The target was intersected at a dip of -58.8°, approximately 12.0 m along strike to the southwest of AR-16-096c3 (21.5 m at 2.33% U3O8);
  • AR-19-241c2 intersected 17.0 m at 4.51% U3O8 (567.0 to 584.0 m) including 6.0 m at 10.84% U3O8 (570.0 to 576.0 m). The target was intersected at a dip of -56.3°, approximately 13.0 m down-dip to the northeast of AR-19-241c1 (15.0 m at 4.52% U3O8 including 6.0 at 10.84% U3O8);
  • AR-19-243c3 intersected 30.0 m at 3.09% U3O8 (609.5 to 639.5 m) including 8.0 m at 11.35% U3O8 (615.5 to 623.5 m). The target was intersected at a dip of -56.2°, approximately 11.0 m along strike to the northeast of AR-16-112c2 (40.5 m at 6.18% U3O8 and 24.0 m at 10.35% U3O8);
  • AR-19-247c1 intersected 27.5 m at 2.14% U3O8 (617.5 to 645.0 m) including 6.0 m at 5.11% U3O8 (632.0 to 638.0 m). The target was intersected at a dip of -54.3°, approximately 20.0 m up-dip from AR-19-237c1 (25.0 m at 2.14% U3O8);

A3 High-Grade Domains

  • AR-19-238c3 intersected 21.0 m at 1.76% U3O8 (496.5 to 517.5 m) including 9.0 m at 3.94% U3O8 (496.5 to 505.5 m). The target was intersected at a dip of -60.0°, approximately 9.0 m along strike to the northeast of AR-17-159c2 (49.0 m at 2.30% U3O8 and 2.0 at 9.88% at U3O8);
  • AR-19-248c2 intersected 44.0 m at 1.66% U3O8 (515.5 to 559.5 m) including 16.0 m at 3.65% U3O8 (527.5 to 543.5 m). The target was intersected at a dip of -55.9°, approximately 14.0 m along strike to the northeast of AR-14-008 (10.0 m at 2.50% U3O8).

Leigh Curyer, Chief Executive Officer, commented: “The assay releases from our completed Feasibility-stage drill program continue to highlight and confirm our confidence in the continuity of mineralization across the A2 and A3 high-grade domains. NexGen continues feasibility study programs for scheduled release in H1 2020 together with advancing all aspects of the Environmental Assessment scheduled for submission in H2 2020.”

Troy Boisjoli, Vice-President, Operations and Project Development, commented: “The predictability of mineralization at Arrow, as demonstrated by the 2019 drilling, further enhances the Mineral Resource estimate which supports the proposed mine plan and production profile at Arrow. In my experience the predictability of mineralization is a key component lending confidence to future production targets and this continuity demonstrated at Arrow with 309 drill holes to date is stronger than anything I’ve seen before.”

Development, Permitting, Activities & Financial

  • The completed winter 2019 drilling program was comprised of 131 holes totaling 57,282.4 m of which 117 drill holes, totaling 50,968 m (inclusive of 32 m in overcuts) were solely designed around infill feasibility study drilling and 14 drill holes totaling 6,314.4 were primarily designed to test the geotechnical and hydrogeological characteristics of the rock mass in areas of proposed mine workings and UGTMF.
    A total of 37 assays remain pending from the 2019 Feasibility-stage drilling program and 14 dual purpose geotechnical and hydrogeological characterization holes of which 9 were drilled within the Arrow mine plan footprint and 5 within the UGTMF.
  • NexGen formally commenced an Environmental Assessment on the Rook I Project on April 29, 2019 in accordance with the requirements of both the Environmental Assessment Act and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (“CEAA 2012”) after receiving acceptance of the Rook I Project Description (Technical Proposal) by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (“CNSC”) and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment (“SMOE”). In addition, NexGen filed an Initial Licence Application with the CNSC under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act in order to obtain a Licence to Prepare Site and Construct for the Project.
  • On December 5, 2019 NexGen announced the successful entering into of Study Agreements with four local communities within the Rook I project area to formally engage with the communities to identify potential impacts to Aboriginal and treaty rights and socio-economic interests and identify potential avoidance and accommodation measures in relation to the Project whilst acknowledging the duty to consult remains with the Crown.  Further, the Study Agreements commit the Parties to negotiate Impact Benefit Agreements in good faith and as early in the regulatory process as possible to allow the Parties greater certainty, including certainty that current and future potential concerns between the Parties can be addressed through the processes set out in the Impact Benefit Agreement.
  • As of December 9, 2019, the Company had cash-on-hand of approximately $60 million which fully funds NexGen for all drilling, feasibility and development programs planned this year.

Drill hole locations are shown in Figure 3. Full drilling results can be found in Table 1. Drill hole descriptions can be found at

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Searchlight Announces Private Placement Financing

December 12, 2019

Vancouver, British Columbia, December 11th, 2019 – Searchlight Resources Inc. (“Searchlight” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: SCLT) is pleased to announce that it intends to complete a private placement of flow-through and non-flow-through units (the “Private Placement”).

The Company intends to issue up to 5,000,000 units at a price of $0.05 per unit (the “Unit”) for aggregate proceeds of up to $250,000. Each Unit will consist of one common share and one common share purchase warrant (the “Warrant”). Each Warrant will entitle the holder to purchase one additional common share of the Company at an exercise price of $0.05 per common share for a period of 2 years from the date of issue.

The Company also intends to issue up to 5,000,000 flow-through units at a price of $0.05 per unit (the “FT Units”) for aggregate proceeds of up to $250,000. Each FT Unit will consist of one flow-through common share and one-half of one non-flow-through common share purchase warrant (the “NFT Warrants”). Each full NFT Warrant will entitle the holder to purchase one additional non-flow-through common share of the Company at an exercise price of $0.05 per common share for a period of 2 years from the date of issue.

The FT Shares will entitle the holder to receive the tax benefits applicable to flow-through shares, in accordance with provisions of the Income Tax Act (Canada).

Searchlight intends to use the proceeds of up to $500,000 of the Offering to fund exploration expenditures on its portfolio of mineral properties and for general working capital. Closing of the proposed Offering is subject to a number of conditions, including receipt of all necessary corporate and regulatory approvals, including approval from the TSX Venture Exchange. Finders fees may be payable in connection with this private placement. All the securities issuable will be subject to a four-month hold period from the date of closing.

Searchlight will rely upon such prospectus exemptions as are available, including access to existing shareholders through the Existing Shareholder Exemption. This ensures all shareholders are treated equally and fairly.

Qualified Person

Stephen Wallace, P.Geo., is Searchlight’s Qualified Person within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the technical information contained in this news release.

About Searchlight Resources Inc.

Searchlight Resources Inc. is a Canadian mineral exploration and development company listed on the Toronto Venture Exchange (TSX-V: SCLT).  The corporate strategy of the company is:
•           to explore and develop opportunities in safe, low risk jurisdictions. The Company holds claims in Saskatchewan and Ontario, Canada. These are two of the top seven jurisdictions in the world for mining investment, as ranked by the Fraser Institute.
•           to target known highly productive geological belts, including the Flin Flon – Snow Lake Greenstone Belt and the Abitibi Greenstone Belt.
•           to acquire high quality projects, close to infrastructure, focusing on road access
•           to work closely with stakeholders, including First Nations, Metis, local and provincial governments and local contractors to advance mineral exploration and development in a safe and environmentally sound manner.

Searchlight holds a portfolio of gold, cobalt, copper, vanadium and specialty metal projects from grassroots stage to advanced exploration and NI43-101 resource development.

On behalf of the Board of Directors,

“Stephen Wallace”

Stephen Wallace, President, CEO and Director

Contact:         Searchlight Resources Inc.
Investor Relations
(604) 331-9326


Horizon School Division supportive of provincial education plan framework – Humboldt Journal

December 12, 2019

EAST CENTRAL — A framework released by the Saskatchewan government will be used to develop a provincial plan for education for the next decade.

The framework is the result of a year-long engagement process with thousands of Saskatchewan residents, including students, parents, teachers, education stakeholders, Indigenous leaders and the business community.

“I appreciate very much the process that the ministry [of education’s] gone through with this work, that they brought the stakeholders together,” said Kevin Garinger, the Horizon School Division director of education.

He said as an organization that’s always looking to the future of education, it’s good that the province is working on a plan for the next 10 years.

“We have the pillars, we have the goals and we have the strategies,” he said. “All of those things are going to be important as we take the next steps, which are going to be to continue to provide the highest level of education we possibly can and meeting the needs of kids.”

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Saskatchewan Indigenous leader concerned over funding of child welfare – Preeceville Progress

December 11, 2019

SASKATOON — The head of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations says Ottawa needs to provide money for First Nations who want to take over their own child welfare under new legislation.

Chief Bobby Cameron says without reliable funding, changes to Indigenous child welfare that are coming in January will fail.

A new First-Nations-based approach to Aboriginal kids in care passed in Parliament last summer, but there is no new funding attached.

Cameron says he hopes to meet soon with Marc Miller, the new federal minister of Indigenous services.

Cameron is to meet next week with Saskatchewan Social Services Minister Paul Merriman, and hopes he will support the FSIN’s request for funding.

The chief suggests that provincial support on the matter could lead to his organization’s standing behind Saskatchewan on priority issues such as opposition to the federal carbon tax.

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‘You matter’: Messages of hope for kids in crisis – CBC

Who to contact if you need help

WARNING: This story is about a very serious mental health issue that may be upsetting or difficult to read. If you or somebody you know is considering suicide, please contact Kids Help Phone or Crisis Services Canada right away.

Christmas can be a difficult time of year for some kids, especially those who are struggling with their mental health.

“Around this time, not everyone’s happy,” said Grade 3 student Rebecca Knelsen from M.J. Coldwell Elementary School in Regina.

She and her classmates spent two days making cards and Popsicle-stick snowflakes for the kids on Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation in northwest Saskatchewan to show that they care.

The Cree community has declared a state of crisis following a number of youth suicides in recent months.

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Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada paves the way for the development of Saskatchewan’s Indigenous Tourism Strategy

December 10, 2019, Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 Territories (Saskatoon, SK) – The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) has retained the services of Left Coast Insights and Stormy Lake Consulting, a tourism consultancy partnership, to create Saskatchewan’s inaugural Indigenous Tourism Strategy which will support the development of Indigenous tourism business opportunities across the province.

Once completed, Saskatchewan’s Indigenous tourism strategy will inform the creation and direction of a new Indigenous tourism industry association focused on the development of Indigenous tourism revenues, jobs, businesses, and experiences.

“As we saw when we hosted the 2018 International Indigenous Tourism Conference in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan has the Indigenous entrepreneurs and tourism experiences to become a leader in Indigenous tourism for the country,” says Keith Henry, ITAC’s President and CEO. “We have chosen two outstanding companies to guide the way, with excellent experience across the tourism industry.”

Expected to be completed by March 31, 2020, the comprehensive strategy will include overall goals, objectives, strategies, and selected topline tactical ideas for Saskatchewan, which will align with ITAC’s national pillars of leadership, partnership, marketing, and development tailored to the needs of Indigenous operators and business owners across the province.

The project will include the coordination of management activities, resources, and information for the Saskatchewan Indigenous Tourism Strategy; liaison with ITAC administration and the ITAC Saskatchewan coordinator, and a new Saskatchewan Indigenous Tourism Working Group (comprised of Indigenous tourism industry leaders and stakeholders) to engage and inform strategic priorities; alignment of the Saskatchewan Indigenous tourism strategy with the Government of Saskatchewan’s tourism strategy; and the creation of comprehensive Indigenous Tourism Strategy.

“More travellers than ever before are seeking engaging experiences where they can learn about the local peoples, landscapes, history, and culture. The rapid growth and interest in Indigenous tourism provide a timely opportunity to develop immersive experiences that can transform traveller perspectives and appreciation. Developing Indigenous tourism businesses and experiences provides a powerful economic driver for the province while supporting positive sustainable outcomes for communities,” says Ray Freeman, Left Coast Insights.

“Indigenous tourism experiences provide visitors with one of the most authentic and meaningful opportunities to connect to the land and peoples of Saskatchewan. It changes the way people see the world,” says Philip Coppard, Stormy Lake Consulting.

For more information, visit

About the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada

The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) is the lead organization tasked with growing the Indigenous tourism industry across the country.  Inspired by a vision for a thriving Indigenous tourism economy sharing authentic, memorable and enriching experiences, ITAC develops relationships with groups and regions with similar mandates. By uniting the Indigenous tourism industry in Canada, ITAC works to enable collective support, product development, promotion and marketing of authentic Indigenous cultural tourism businesses in a respectful protocol.  With Indigenous tourism outpacing Canadian tourism activity overall, and international demand for Indigenous experiences at an all-time high, ITAC recently updated its five-year plan. Additionally, ITAC just launched their Nations magazine, highlighting Indigenous people and experiences across the country. To book packages and experiences, travellers may visit www.IndigenousCanada.Travel.

For more information on ITAC, visit

About Left Coast Insights

Left Coast Insights Ltd. is a tourism management consulting firm specializing in research, strategy, and development to provide communities with insights that create competitive advantage in visitor attraction, experience, and sustainability. We work with public and private sector organizations, and Indigenous communities on community tourism development, tourism experience development, destination management and marketing, sustainable tourism development, community capacity-building, and adventure tourism. Our clients include the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada, Tourism Nunatsiavut, Travel Manitoba, Indigenous Tourism British Columbia, Parks Canada, Destination Canada, Alberta Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Destination British Columbia, BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism & Skills Training – Tourism Policy Branch.

About Stormy Lake Consulting

Stormy Lake Consulting was established in 2002 and has worked across multiple tourism-related sectors, including tourism, municipal branding, transportation, shopping centres & retail stores, and arts & cultural organizations. The Stormy Lake team has extensive experience developing tourism strategies with regional, provincial and national tourism partners across Canada. Philip Coppard’s tourism experience spans more than three decades, leading tourism strategy efforts for organizations in Western Canada.


Media contacts:
Deirdre Campbell, Beattie Tartan
250-592-3838, 250-882-9199

Keith Henry, ITAC
604-639-4408, 778-388-5013


Métis student honoured for outstanding research

Adam McInnes, a biomedical engineering student at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S), is being recognized for research that could one day impact millions of lives.

McInnes, a Métis student, was recently awarded the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, $150,000 over three years, for demonstrating excellence in research at a Canadian university. His research is looking at promoting tissue growth for 3D printing of artificial organs that may be used for transplants.

Dr.Adam McInnes was honoured with a blanket this summer at Back to Batoche by MN-S President Glen McCallum and Richard Quintal, the CEO of the MN-S Secretariat. He was awarded a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship earlier this year for his research into promoting tissue growth for use in 3D printing of artificial organs. EFN Staff

“I don’t know if it’s really sunk in yet, to be honest,” McInnes said about receiving the Vanier. “It was quite a shock, a good shock.”

More specifically, McInnes is looking at two different proteins that the body finds favourable to work with, and putting them together. He hopes, by putting them together, they will compliment each other’s strengths and reduce the drawbacks – creating a protein that will degrade slower and have improved biocompatibility. His PhD research will focus on printing this protein into a scaffold that he can then attempt to grow tissues with.

“It sounds complicated, but to me it’s rather straightforward,” he laughs.

The kernel to work in tissue engineering was planted at a young age, he said, about 13 or 14, when he saw a program about the Vacanti mouse (aka ear mouse), a laboratory mouse which appeared to have a human ear on its back. It was an early proof of concept that showed McInnes what the possibilities were in science.

Now McInnes is working towards making a significant contribution to regenerative medicine, which has the potential to be a multi-billion-dollar industry.

“This larger field (of regenerative medicine) is going to revolutionize how we practice medicine. It looks at how we rejuvenate, repair, or even replace damaged tissues in the body,” he said. “It can get into organ transplantation, hypothetically being able to grow a liver or kidney (…) that’s the eventual hope.”

McInnes also said several other applications are possible, including in pharmaceutical research for developing and testing new drugs.

“If this works, we can get a better understanding during the early phases of these tests, and hopefully help the drug development process.”

When he’s not working to revolutionize contemporary medicine, McInnes is involved with the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan (MN-S) as the President of the Métis Local 126. Some of their current efforts include applying for different academic grants, a housing grant for Métis people in Saskatoon, and starting a 4H club to teach Métis culture to kids.

“I didn’t grow up around that culture or community, so I’m trying to learn more about my culture, who I am, and where I belong within the Métis community,” he said. “Not just as a scientist, but as a human being, I think I have an obligation to be a role model and help the next generation.”

Dr. Adam McInnes has a Doctor of Medicine degree from the U of S College of Medicine. The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship program was launched in 2008 to establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. Vanier Scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health. Incredible leadership Adam!

This article first appeared in the Eagle Feather News. It is reprinted here with permission.


SK Government: Public Feedback Requested On Draft Woodland Caribou Range Plan

December 10, 2019

The Government of Saskatchewan is asking for public feedback on a draft range plan for woodland caribou in the western portion of the province’s Boreal Plain.

Range plans identify objectives, measures, tools and targets to manage woodland caribou habitat to support healthy populations, along with several management actions and approaches.  This is the second range plan the province has drafted.

The 60-day review period runs from December 10 to February 8, 2020.

The boreal population of woodland caribou is listed as a threatened species under the federal Species at Risk Act.

In 2013, the Ministry of Environment initiated a Woodland Caribou Range Assessment and Range Planning Program to better understand woodland caribou ecology and to help conserve the species and its related habitat.  This work was initiated to help meet objectives identified in the federal government’s Recovery Strategy for Woodland Caribou.

Range planning is an important component of this program and includes stakeholders from industry, non-government organizations and municipalities, as well as First Nations and Métis communities.

Environment and Climate Change Canada will receive the draft plan during the same period as the public review.  Once the 60-day review period is complete, all comments will be carefully reviewed and considered.  The plan will be revised as necessary to reflect public feedback and submitted for further discussion with the federal government.

The draft range plan is available at


For more information, contact:

Jamie Gibson
Phone: 306-798-3900


GDI Holds Grand Opening For New Facility in Saskatoon

On November 14, 2019, dignitaries, invited guests, community members, partners, board members, and staff gathered at Gabriel Dumont Institute Central Office in Saskatoon for the grand opening of the Institute’s newly renovated and expanded facility.

The 8,400 square foot expansion houses the Institute’s Métis Culture and Heritage Department and Gabriel Dumont Institute Press. It also includes the Métis museum, art gallery, a new boardroom, and office space. Geordy McCaffrey – GDI Executive Director and emcee for the event – noted that with the new space, the Institute now owns about 74,000 square foot of property across Saskatchewan.

The Honourable Russell Mirasty, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, started his speech by saying, “It is a pleasure to be here at Gabriel Dumont Institute. You have a beautiful facility here.” Noting that “Métis are resilient people,” Mr. Mirasty said, “It warms my heart to see Indigenous people providing educational opportunities for our people. I want to thank GDI for the work you have done in promoting education across Saskatchewan.”

President Glen McCallum of the Métis Nation–Saskatchewan (MN–S) commended GDI for its work as an educational and cultural institute. Dr. Earl Cook, who serves as the Chair of the GDI Board of Governors and MN–S Minister of Education, acknowledged the presence of representatives of the Clarence Campeau Development Fund (CCDF), and CIBC. He also recognized Institute employees for their work and dedication.

Mayor Charlie Clark of Saskatoon stated that “To be a good leader, you have to know who you are and where you are coming from,” adding that, “GDI plays a great role as a place where future leaders come for their education and be grounded in their identity and history.”

Geordy thanked the over 200 “Institute staff who work hard each day to help us meet our mandate.” He also said, “Sorry to employees who were displaced during the construction.”

The Honourable Mirasty, Elder Margaret Harrison, and President McCallum commemorated the celebration with the untying of a Métis sash.

Also present at the grand opening ceremony were board members Viola Bell, Dennis Langan, Glenn Lafleur, Tracy Tinker, Jimmy Durocher, Jackie Kennedy, and Juanita Tuharsky.

The MN–S was represented by Billy Kennedy, Sports and Recreation Minister; Mervin Bouvier, Minister of Environment; Jaycee Bell, Minister of Youth; and Lisa McCallum, the Secretary.

Others dignitaries included Dr. Ryan Meili, MLA for Saskatoon Meewasin; Mr. David Forbes, MLA for the Saskatoon Centre; and Mr. David Buckingham, the MLA for Saskatoon Westview.


It’s a call to action’: Survey shows Sask. and Man. take dimmer view of race relations than other Canadians – CBC

More than 3,000 people responded to national race relations survey

Dec 10, 2019

Saskatchewan and Manitoba residents don’t seem as optimistic about race relations as people in other parts of Canada, according to a new survey by the Environics Institute.

In the region of Manitoba-Saskatchewan, only 60 per cent of those surveyed said race relations in the country are good, compared to 71 per cent of all Canadians.

On a similar question, 24 per cent of Canadians believe race relations have worsened in the last 10 years. But in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, that was even higher, at 31 per cent.

“It’s not surprising, but it’s a call to action. We can’t accept the status quo. We must move forward. We can do that by education,” said David Arnot, Saskatchewan’s Human Rights Commissioner.

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