Solstice is applying for an amendment to their Nunavut Water Board Water (“NWB”) Licence, 2BE-KGP1823, and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (“CIRNAC”) Land Use Permit, N2018C0020, to establish a 40-person camp on the Property. The water licence amendment will also include an increase in the water allowance from 200 m3/day (for drilling) to 299 m3/day (10 m3/day for the new camp and 289 m3/day for drilling). Solstice is applying to the Kivalliq Inuit Association (“KIA”) to renew Inuit Land Use Licenses KVL318B01 and KVRW18F02, which authorize prospecting, exploration, drilling and use of the Kahuna Winter Road.
The Kahuna Gold Property is located on Crown land and Inuit Owned Land (“IOL”) in the Kivalliq Region of Nunavut. The Property is approximately 10 km southwest of Igluligaarjuk (Chesterfield Inlet) and 30 km northeast of Kangirliniq (Rankin Inlet). The Property comprises 72 mineral claims (79,567.46 ha) held 100% by Solstice Gold Corp. and 19 mineral claims held jointly with Kodiak Copper Corp. (“Kodiak,” formerly Dunnedin Ventures Inc.). Solstice Gold Corp. has primary rights on 9,022 ha of the jointly held claims, for a total Property area of 88,589 ha.
Solstice proposes annual exploration programs which will include general exploration activities such as rock, soil, and till geochemical sampling, geological mapping, ground and/or airborne geophysical surveys and up to 20,000 m of diamond or reverse circulation (“RC”) drilling. The annual programs may commence as early as February 2021, beginning with mobilization of equipment and supplies the overland Kahuna Winter Trail from Rankin Inlet to the Property. Drilling could commence mid-March to mid-May to test targets below lakes, with drilling of land targets commencing mid-June through September. Ground based prospecting and sampling activities would follow in June.
Exploration activities will be supported by ground access in the winter where conditions allow, utilizing tracked vehicles to facilitate crew changes and drill moves. A helicopter and/or fixed wing aircraft will be on site and will be utilized for mobility when ground access is not feasible.
Previous work on the Property was supported out of Kodiak’s Kahuna Camp (2018), Rankin Inlet (2019) or from a small temporary fly camp (2020). A new 40-person Solstice camp will be required to support proposed exploration activities going forward. The camp structures may include up to 16 sleeper tents, medical tent, kitchen, dry tent, office, shop, core shack, core cutting shack, generator housing, incinerator, and toilet facilities. The Solstice fuel cache currently permitted adjacent to the Kodiak Kahuna camp will be moved to the new Solstice camp.