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Q2 re-assays of Cisco drilling "adds to excitement" for James Bay lithium play

May 16, 2024

Q2 Metals Corp. has announced the results of the re-assaying of the initial core samples from the drill program that was conducted by the property vendors at the Cisco Lithium Property in the fall of 2023.

The Property vendors drilled six holes, totaling 1,287 metres ("m"), at one of the six mineralized zones at the Property. Their drill program confirmed a strike length of approximately 220 m, open along strike in both directions and down-dip. 

As announced on April 30, 2024, Q2 geologists re-logged the drill core and then submitted the previously sampled intervals for analysis using the processed material from the original analytical lab. The samples were sent to SGS Laboratories in Burnaby, BC, where they were analyzed for Lithium ("Li") and Tantalum ("Ta") using sodium peroxide fusion with ICP-AES/MS finish (code GE-ICP91A50).

The objectives of the re-assaying and re-logging program were:

  • To confirm the historical analytical results with a method consistent with that used for the Mia Property, and which will be used in future programs at Cisco.
  • To utilize an analytical method appropriate for tantalum as well as one more appropriate for higher grades of lithium.

Q2 Metals VP of Exploration Neil McCallum said: "We are pleased with the positive outcome of the re-analysis of the Cisco drill results. A thorough review of the quality control measures has solidified that the new results are more accurate than the original results previously announced. It's not an unexpected change as the analytical methods now used are more accurate at higher grades above roughly 1.5% Li2O and we have several samples above that range."

Q2 Metals President and CEO Alicia Milne said: "These results add to our overall excitement around the Property. We've been counting down the days to get boots on the ground at Cisco and are looking forward to a busy exploration season."

The results of the re-analysis are summarized in Table 1. A plot of both analytical methods is shown in Figure 1 to visualize the difference indicating the higher results of the re-analysis at grades greater than about 0.75% Li2O.

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Table 1. Results of re-analysis for the 2023 Cisco drilling

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Figure 1. Chart of the original analysis (x-axis) and the re-analysis (y-axis)

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Figure 2. Spodumene pegmatite intercept from drill hole CS-23-05

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Spring 2024 Exploration Program - Cisco Property

Q2 will commence a detailed mapping and sampling program at the Cisco Property shortly after the local goose harvesting season is completed on May 20, 2024. The detailed groundwork will provide guidance on the extent of the lithium mineralization at the initial target area and identify other potential target areas on the sizeable primary exploration trend measuring 21 kilometres ("km") long.

Q2 will also commence an inaugural drill campaign (Spring 2024 Drill Campaign) which will be focused on the 2023 discovery area. As the other target areas are assessed by the Q2 team, the drilling will expand outwards.

About the Cisco Property

The Cisco Property is comprised of 222 mineral claims and is 11,374 hectares in size. It is located less than 10 km east of the Billy Diamond Highway, and is approximately 150 km north of Matagami, a small town that contains the closest rail link to much of James Bay. The Property lies within the greater Nemaska Community lands of the Eeyou Itschee Territory, James Bay, Quebec.

The Property is situated along the Frotet Evans Greenstone Belt, comprised of a volcanic package dominated by mafic to felsic metavolcanic rocks, of the southern James Bay Lithium District, the same belt that hosts the Sirmac and Moblan lithium deposits, located 130 km and 180 km away, respectively.

On February 28, 2024, the Company announced it had signed an option agreement which gives the Company the exclusive right and option for the acquisition of a 100% interest in three groups of minerals claims, collectively known as the Cisco Property (the "Transaction"). The Transaction is expected to close in short order.

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