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Idaho Champion Gold Mines Canada Inc
Symbol ITKO
Shares Issued 105,125,964
Close 2022-09-16 C$ 0.09
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Idaho Champion to acquire two Quebec Precious projects

2022-09-19 10:20 ET - News Release

Also News Release (C-QPM) Quebec Precious Metals Corp

Mr. Jonathan Buick of Idaho Champion Gold Mines Canada reports

IDAHO CHAMPION GOES FULL BATTERY BY ACQUIRING PROSPECTIVE LITHIUM PROJECTS IN JAMES BAY REGION; QUEBEC PRECIOUS METALS TO BECOME SIGNIFICANT SHAREHOLDER

Idaho Champion Gold Mines Canada Inc. has entered into a binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Quebec Precious Metals Corp. (QPM) to acquire a 100-per-cent interest in two prospective lithium pegmatite projects in the Eeyou Istchee James Bay territory of Quebec.

The projects (covering approximately 162 square kilometres) include historic findings of pegmatite and sit to the north of the Patriot Battery Metals' Corvette project (recently intersected intervals included 1.25 per cent lithium oxide (Li2O) and 118 parts per million (ppm) tantalum oxide (Ta2O5) over 96 metres (CV22-035); see Patriot's news release dated July 28, 2022) and also located in close proximity to infrastructure in a developing potential lithium pegmatite district that has shown high prospectivity for lithium mineral resources. The projects are at an early stage of exploration; the company cautions that the qualified person who have reviewed and approved this news release have not verified scientific or technical information produced by third parties. Proximity to projects containing lithium resources offers no assurance that the rock types or lithium resources reported by Patriot and others extend onto the projects; such proximity is not necessarily indicative of the mineralization reported by third parties with projects in the district.

Together with its existing Cobalt assets located in Idaho, this pending acquisition pivots Idaho Champion's strategy to focus on making a meaningful impact in the North American battery metals sector.

"Battery makers worldwide face significant challenges in order to meet the extraordinary demand and technological advances ahead of the 2035 EV [electric vehicle] mandates. Combined with the geopolitical climate, we are presented with an excellent opportunity to aggressively uncover materials important to meet these demands," stated Jonathan Buick, president and chief executive officer. "The Blanche and Charles projects place the company right in the mix within a fast-growing lithium pegmatite district. The projects were originally explored for precious and base metals but, more recently, evidence of pegmatites has led to a reassessment of the lithium discovery potential that warrants more work. Additionally, we would like to welcome QPM as cornerstone shareholders with approximately 7.4 per cent of our outstanding shares posttransaction. We look forward to exploring these assets together."

Quebec Precious Metals's chief executive officer, Normand Champigny, commented: "The projects are clearly underexplored for lithium. In light of the recent discoveries in the area, we welcome the opportunity to become a significant shareholder of Idaho Champion while working with them to become successful explorers in the James Bay region. This transaction is consistent with our strategy to monetize non-core assets."

Blanche

Blanche comprises 256 claims totalling approximately 130 square kilometres. The project lies within a volcano-sedimentary belt striking east-northeast. The Blanche project is mainly composed of a broad east-northeast trending mafic band, interpreted as an metamorphosed basalt hosted within tonalitic rocks and interbedded with narrow sections of magnesian basalt and komatiites, iron formations (silicate and/or oxidized facies), and metasedimentary rocks.

Three units of felsic intrusive rocks were observed at Blanche: hornblende tonalite, granite and pegmatite dikes. Tonalite consists of feldspar-, quartz- and biotite-intrusive rocks. In the northwestern part of the project, the rocks are relatively homogenous and medium grained, containing 20 to 30 per cent hornblende, with locally weak foliation. The granite comprises medium-to-coarse-grained feldspar, plagioclase, quartz and biotite. It is massive, homogeneous, and mostly non-magnetic. A few pegmatite dikes have also been identified on the project. So far, they are typically less than two metres wide and cut the felsic units, but they are also found parallel to the schistosity in the mafic rocks. Pegmatites have almost the same composition as the granites but show a texture ranging from coarse to pegmatitic with the presence of 5 to 7 per cent muscovite.

The project is bordered to the south and north by felsic intrusive rocks, which have been described as hornblende-biotite tonalite, and tonalitic gneiss, tonalite, granodiorite and quartz monzogranite in the north. The metamorphic grade ranges from upper greenschist facies to middle amphibolite facies.

Charles

The Charles project comprises 61 claims covering approximately 31 square kilometres. Less is known about this project, but the area exhibits variable topography, ranging from slightly to very hilly. Several hills associated with felsic intrusives and iron formations are present and have been shaped by glaciers that had an east-northeast-west-southwest direction. A number of outcrops are exposed. Within the northern and central parts of this project, there is a thick glacial sediments containing boulders of granite and pegmatite.

Terms of the agreement

As per the terms of the binding agreement, Idaho Champion is purchasing 100 per cent of the projects from Quebec Precious Metals in return for $100,000 in cash and 12 million common shares of the company, of which, 50 per cent will be subject to escrow for 18 months. Quebec Precious Metals will also retain a 2-per-cent net smelter return royalty (NSR) on claims retained by Idaho Champion upon completion of the acquisition. The company has the option to repurchase 1 per cent of the NSR from Quebec Precious Metals for $1-million. Closing of the acquisition is subject to usual conditions for this type of transaction, including a 45-day due diligence period, and regulatory and stock exchange approval.

Furthermore, the company announces a private placement with the agreement. Idaho Champion will issue up to 20 million shares at a price of five cents per share for gross proceeds of $1-million. Proceeds of the private placement will be used for the acquisition payment and related transaction costs, preliminary fieldwork on the projects, and for general working capital purposes.

Qualified person

Patrick Highsmith, certified professional geologist (AIPG CPG No. 11702) and director of the company, is a qualified person, as defined by National Instrument (NI) 43-101. Mr. Highsmith has helped prepare, review, and approve the technical information in this news release.

Normand Champigny, Eng, chief executive officer of Quebec Precious Metals, qualified person under NI 43-101 on standards of disclosure for mineral projects, has reviewed the content of this press release.

About Idaho Champion Gold Mines Inc.

Idaho Champion is a discovery-focused exploration company that is committed to advancing its highly prospective mineral properties located in Idaho, United States and, shortly, Quebec, Canada. The company's shares trade on the CSE (Canadian Securities Exchange) under the trading symbol ITKO, on the OTCQB under the trading symbol GLDRF, and on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the symbol 1QB1. Idaho Champion is vested in Idaho with four cobalt properties in Lemhi county in the Idaho cobalt belt. In addition, the company has been advancing the Baner gold project in Idaho County and the Champagne polymetalic project located in Butte County near Arco. Idaho Champion strives to be a responsible environmental steward, stakeholder and contributing citizen to the local communities where it operates. Idaho Champion takes its social license seriously, employing local community members and service providers at its operations whenever possible.

About Quebec Precious Metals Corp.

Quebec Precious Metals is a gold explorer with a large land position in the highly prospective Eeyou Istchee James Bay territory, Quebec, near Newmont Corp.'s Eleonore gold mine. Quebec Precious Metals's flagship project is the Sakami project with significant grades and well-defined drill-ready targets. Quebec Precious Metals's goal is to rapidly explore the Sakami project and advance to the mineral resource estimate stage.

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