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Skeena Intersects 45.76 g/t Au over 5.60 metres at Snip Gold Project

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Vancouver, BC (April 27, 2021) Skeena Resources Limited (TSX: SKE, OTCQX: SKREF) (“Skeena” or the “Company” - https://www.commodity-tv.com/ondemand/companies/profil/skeena-resources-ltd/) is pleased to report diamond drill core results from the 2020-2021 campaign of exploration drilling at the Snip gold project (“Snip” or the “Project”) located in the Golden Triangle of British Columbia. The exploratory program was focused upon resource expansion and delineating additional mineralization in previously unexplored areas of the near mine environment. The surface-based program was comprised of ten drill holes totaling 5,366 metres.  Reference images are presented at the end of this release as well as on the Company’s website.

Snip Drilling Highlights:

  • 37.78 g/t Au over 2.86 m (S20-049)

True widths range from 60-85% of reported core lengths. Length weighted Au composites are constrained by geological considerations. Grade-capping of individual assays has not been applied to the Au assays informing the length-weighted Au composites. Samples below detection limit were nulled to a value of zero.

Additional Mineralization Established Below Twin Zone
Situated in the footwall sediments below the Twin Zone, two new occurrences of high-grade, vein-hosted gold mineralization have been discovered during the 2020-2021 exploration program. Drill hole S20-049 intersected a previously unidentified zone averaging 29.52 g/t Au over 4.03 m including 65.60 g/t Au over 1.14 m and 31.10 g/t Au over 1.03 m. The second zone occurs 20 m further downhole averaging 37.78 g/t Au over 2.86 m including 29.60 g/t Au over 1.32 m and 44.80 g/t Au over 1.54 m. These new intercepts occur in an area devoid of previous drilling and are open for expansion. The same drill hole also predictably intersected the known Twin Zone mineralization which graded 45.76 g/t Au over 5.60 m including 41.80 g/t Au over 0.90 m and 177.00 g/t Au over 1.16 m.

New Mineralization Discovered Below Current Resources
Exploratory drill hole S21-054 has intersected two new occurrences of footwall vein mineralization 530 m vertically below surface and 250 m downdip of existing resources averaging 5.82 g/t Au over 2.00 m and 12.40 g/t Au over 1.20 m. Due to the absence of any previous drilling in this new area, this discovery opens an entire area for potential resource expansion. 

About Skeena
Skeena Resources Limited is a Canadian mining exploration company focused on revitalizing the past-producing Eskay Creek gold-silver mine located in Tahltan Territory in the Golden Triangle of northwest British Columbia, Canada. The Company released a robust Preliminary Economic Assessment in late 2019 and is currently focused on infill and exploration drilling to advance Eskay Creek to full Feasibility by Q1 2022. Additionally, Skeena continues exploration programs at the past-producing Snip gold mine.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of Skeena Resources Limited,

Walter Coles Jr.
President & CEO

Contact Information
Investor Inquiries: [email protected]
Office Phone: +1 604 684 8725
Company Website: www.skeenaresources.com

In Europe:
Swiss Resource Capital AG
Jochen Staiger
[email protected]
www.resource-capital.ch

 

Qualified Persons
Exploration activities at Snip are administered on site by the Company’s Exploration Managers, Raegan Markel, P.Geo. and John Tyler, P.Geo. In accordance with National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects, Paul Geddes, P.Geo. Vice President Exploration and Resource Development, is the Qualified Person for the Company and has prepared, validated and approved the technical and scientific content of this news release. The Company strictly adheres to CIM Best Practices Guidelines in conducting, documenting, and reporting the exploration activities on its projects.

Quality Assurance – Quality Control
Once received from the drill and processed, all drill core samples are sawn in half, labelled and bagged. The remaining drill core is subsequently securely stored on site. Numbered security tags are applied to lab shipments for chain of custody requirements. The Company inserts quality control (QC) samples at regular intervals in the sample stream, including blanks and reference materials with all sample shipments to monitor laboratory performance. The QAQC program was designed and approved by Lynda Bloom, P.Geo. of Analytical Solutions Ltd., and is overseen by the Company’s Qualified Person, Paul Geddes, P.Geo, Vice President Exploration and Resource Development.

Drill core samples are submitted to ALS Geochemistry’s analytical facility in North Vancouver, British Columbia for preparation and analysis. The ALS facility is accredited to the ISO/IEC 17025 standard for gold assays and all analytical methods include quality control materials at set frequencies with established data acceptance criteria. The entire sample is crushed and 1 kg is pulverized. Analysis for gold is by 50 g fire assay fusion with atomic absorption (AAS) finish with a lower limit of 0.01 ppm and upper limit of 100 ppm. Samples with gold assays greater than 100 ppm are re-analyzed using a 50 g fire assay fusion with gravimetric finish. Analysis for silver is by 50 g fire assay fusion with gravimetric finish with a lower limit of 5ppm and upper limit of 10,000 ppm. Samples with silver assays greater than 10,000 ppm are re-analyzed using a gravimetric silver concentrate method. A selected number of samples are also analyzed using a 48 multi-element geochemical package by a 4-acid digestion, followed by Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-AES) and Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-MS) and also for mercury using an aqua regia digest with Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-AES) finish. Samples with sulfur reporting greater than 10% from the multi-element analysis are re-analyzed for total sulfur by Leco furnace and infrared spectroscopy.

Cautionary note regarding forward-looking statements
Certain statements made and information contained herein may constitute “forward looking information” and “forward looking statements” within the meaning of applicable Canadian and United States securities legislation. These statements and information are based on facts currently available to the Company and there is no assurance that actual results will meet management’s expectations. Forward-looking statements and information may be identified by such terms as “anticipates”, “believes”, “targets”, “estimates”, “plans”, “expects”, “may”, “will”, “could” or “would”. Forward-looking statements and information contained herein are based on certain factors and assumptions regarding, among other things, the estimation of mineral resources and reserves, the realization of resource and reserve estimates, metal prices, taxation, the estimation, timing and amount of future exploration and development, capital and operating costs, the availability of financing, the receipt of regulatory approvals, environmental risks, title disputes and other matters. While the Company considers its assumptions to be reasonable as of the date hereof, forward-looking statements and information are not guarantees of future performance and readers should not place undue importance on such statements as actual events and results may differ materially from those described herein. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements or information except as may be required by applicable securities laws.

Neither the Toronto Stock Exchange nor the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Table 1: Snip 2020-2021 Drilling Campaign; Length-Weighted Drill Hole Gold Composites:

Hole-ID

From (m)

To (m)

Core Length (m)

Au (g/t)

S20-045

ABANDONED

S20-046

265.90

267.07

1.17

1.04

S20-047

153.50

154.40

0.90

3.52

S20-047

190.70

191.20

0.50

45.40

S20-048

206.50

208.00

1.50

5.10

S20-049

214.74

220.34

5.60

45.76

Including

214.74

215.64

0.90

41.80

and

219.18

220.34

1.16

177.00

S20-049

277.00

281.03

4.03

29.52

Including

277.86

279.00

1.14

65.60

and

280.00

281.03

1.03

31.10

S20-049

299.00

301.86

2.86

37.78

Including

299.00

300.32

1.32

29.60

and

300.32

301.86

1.54

44.80

S20-049

363.00

364.00

1.00

3.27

S20-049

476.06

477.30

1.24

2.06

S20-050

44.35

45.25

0.90

8.03

S20-050

336.00

337.50

1.50

4.56

S20-051

493.15

493.65

0.50

2.31

S20-052

426.25

427.25

1.00

14.65

S20-052

452.25

452.75

0.50

2.89

S20-052

593.50

595.00

1.50

6.46

S20-053

349.00

350.50

1.50

2.36

S20-053

395.00

397.00

2.00

6.18

S20-053

399.00

400.00

1.00

3.55

S20-053

428.85

429.40

0.55

14.10

S20-053

434.05

435.50

1.45

2.09

S20-053

437.00

438.50

1.50

2.49

S20-053

502.28

504.17

1.89

9.99

Including

502.28

503.00

0.72

22.10

S20-053

556.50

557.50

1.00

23.60

S20-053

564.00

565.50

1.50

4.01

S21-054

463.26

465.50

2.24

2.84

S21-054

467.13

467.89

0.76

17.10

S21-054

477.00

479.70

2.70

1.79

S21-054

539.00

540.00

1.00

2.80

S21-054

631.00

633.00

2.00

5.82

S21-054

659.30

660.50

1.20

12.40

True widths range from 60-85% of reported core lengths. Length weighted Au composites are constrained by geological considerations. Grade-capping of individual assays has not been applied to the Au assays informing the length-weighted Au composites. Samples below detection limit were nulled to a value of zero.

Table 2: Mine Grid Drill Hole Locations and Orientations:

Hole-ID

Easting (m)

Northing (m)

Elevation (m)

Length (m)

Azimuth (°)

Dip (°)

S20-045

4212.0

1971.8

282.0

36.0

0.0

-75.0

S20-046

4212.0

1971.8

282.0

347.0

0.0

-60.0

S20-047

4212.0

1971.8

282.0

341.0

0.0

-45.0

S20-048

4212.0

1971.8

278.0

398.0

0.0

-75.0

S20-049

4633.4

1880.6

521.0

519.0

0.0

-60.0

S20-050

4633.4

1880.6

521.0

555.0

0.0

-45.0

S20-051

4852.3

1783.2

724.0

852.0

0.0

-70.0

S20-052

4852.3

1783.2

724.0

777.0

0.0

-47.0

S20-053

4852.3

1783.2

724.0

717.0

0.0

-53.0

S21-054

4852.0

1783.0

724.0

824.0

340.0

-65.0

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