Magpie NI 43-101

The Magpie Deposit is among the world's largest undeveloped titaniferous magnetite deposits with a historical non NI 43-101 compliant resource estimate totalling 1.1 B Tons @43% Fe and 11%TiO2 and still open at depth.(These historic resource estimates were completed prior to the implementation of National Instrument (“NI”) 43-101 standards. Given the quality of the work prepared by Stratmat Ltd in 1960, the Company believes the resource estimates to be both relevant and reliable. However, a qualified person has not completed sufficient work to classify the historic mineral resources as current mineral resources, and is not treating the historic resources as current. Hence, they should not be relied upon.) A NI 43-101 resource for the Magpie #2 Deposit was published, by P&E Mining Consultants Inc. of Brampton Ontario in May 2012.(click on the attached report above)

The Magpie Deposit is located on Quebec's North Shore, east of Sept Iles, about 130 kilometres north of tidewater. The titaniferous magnetite of the deposit has been described as massive and homogeneous and carries small, but significant chromium and vanadium values.

The property was acquired by staking by the Company in partnership with The Sheridan Platinum Group Ltd in 2007 and in the same year sold to a newly formed private company, The Magpie Mines Inc. in exchange for 27,460,981 common shares of Magpie (50% interest). A small flowthrough financing in late 2008 left the partners with 48.7% each and enabled the drilling of a part of the deposit and the production of a preliminary NI 43-101 quality report estimate in mid 2009.(see below for the 2009 technical report)

A private placement in the Spring of 2011 enabled the Company to complete a major drill programme of 31 holes totalling 8,124 metres over the 11,500 foot strike length of Deposit No. 2 . The private placement has changed the ownership of The Magpie Mines Inc such that it is now owned 46.7% by FNC.

Drill Section Location Map


Magpie Poster



The currrent geological interpretation of the Magpie deposit is primarily based on detailed mapping and sampling done in the 1960s by Stratmat Ltd. The deposit consists of four individual segments of masssive to semi-massive titaniferous magnetite numbered Deposit 1 through 4  going from North to South. The general trend of the titaniferous magnetite body is North-South with a sub-vertical west dipping contact to the west and a shallower west dipping (45°-50°) contact to the east. The body is hosted within granitic gneisses with the hanging wall and the footwall contacts being relatively sharp. The massive body is strongly homogeneous with only a small presence of locally interlayered anorthosite and cross cutting diabase dykes. We are probably looking at the root zone of a major layered anorthosite/gabbro complex now disappeared through erosion. Possible depth extensions remain to be tested.

Most importantly the drilling done to date has shown that the structural geology interpretations underpinning the historical tonnage estimates are largely correct.(Jean Lafleur,P.Geo.,QP)