Westward Gold Completes 100% Earn-In on the Turquoise Canyon Project

Vancouver, BC – TheNewswire- January 30, 2023 – Westward Gold Inc. (CSE: WG) (OTC:WGLIF) (FSW:IM50) (“To the west” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that the final anniversary payment to First Mining Gold Corp. (“First Mining”) pursuant to the Option Agreement (the “Agreement”) completed by Momentum Minerals Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Westward, and First Mining. As a result, the Company has exercised its option to acquire a 100% interest in the Turquoise Canyon project in Lander County, Nevada (“Turquoise Canyon”), based on the agreement dated August 20, 2019, as amended on August 19, 2020.

Under the terms of the agreement, Westward has elected to pay First Mining C$137,500 in shares based on the 30-day volume weighted average price on the Canadian Stock Exchange as of the close on January 25, 2023. The Company has issued a total of 1,701,732 shares an assumed price of $0.0808 per share; Upon issuance, First Mining will own 4,457,565 shares of Westward, representing approximately 5.6% of the Company’s total issued and outstanding shares.

Ownership of the 188 unpatented mining claims that make up Turquoise Canyon will be vested in Turquoise Canyon Corp. transferred, a wholly owned Westward subsidiary located in Nevada. First Mining will retain a 2.0% Net Smelter Return Royalty, which may be reduced to 1.0% by a cash payment of C$1,000,000 at any time prior to the first anniversary of commercial production (as defined in the Agreement).

Figure 1: Westward’s Cortez Trend Land Package

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Turquoise Canyon represents approximately 41% of the total consolidated land position the Company has built along the Cortez trend through a combination of corporate transactions and staking. Westward also recently acquired 100% interest in 111 unpatented mining claims on the Carlin Trend to strengthen its exploration portfolio in Nevada (see news releases dated October 11, 2022 and January 18, 2023).

Colin Moore, Westward’s President and CEO, commented, “We are pleased to have early exercised our option on Turquoise Canyon; this is a significant milestone for our growing company. We would like to thank First Mining for being a valued partner over the past few years and look forward to having them as one of our largest shareholders going forward.”

Dave Browning, Vice President of Exploration, added, “Turquoise Canyon represents a tremendous opportunity for us as evidenced by the extensive work completed to date including soil sampling, gravity surveys, induced polarization, airborne hyperspectral surveys and detailed geological mapping. In addition, the 2022 field season highlighted trends at Toiyabe that are indicative of mineralization vectors towards Turquoise Canyon, making it a highly prospective, target-rich environment. With no historical drill holes on the property, we look forward to advancing the project towards its first-ever drilling campaign.”

Qualified Person

The technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Steven R. Koehler, the Company’s Technical Advisor, who is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101. Disclosure Standards for Mineral Projects. Mr. Koehler is a Certified Professional Geologist (CPG) through the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG).

About Westward Gold

Westward Gold is a mineral exploration company focused on developing the Toiyabe, Turquoise Canyon and East Saddle projects in the Cortez Hills area of ​​Lander County, Nevada and the Coyote and Rossi projects along the Carlin Trend in Elko County, Nevada. From time to time, the Company may also evaluate the acquisition of other mineral exploration assets and opportunities.

For more information contact:

Colin Moore
President, CEO & Director
Westward Gold Inc.
[email protected]


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