Atacama Resources Announces New Board Of Directors And Management Teams Led By First Nations Leaders And Business Executives
Plantation, Florida – February 11, 2021 – Atacama Resources International, Inc. (OTC: ACRL) (“Atacama”) is pleased to announce the immediate appointment of Joe Dion (Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors), Darwin Douglas (member of the Board of Directors), Joshua Dion (President and Member of the Board of Directors), and William (Chris) McKay (Vice-President, Investor Relations) to key management and board of directors positions. In addition, Atacama has established an Advisory Board and is pleased to introduce Justin Gee as its first member. The Advisory Board will be comprised of individuals from throughout Canada and the United States with unique skill-sets and backgrounds geared towards the exploration and mining industries and aboriginal relations. Moving forward and addition to the above appointments, Colin Keith will be transitioning to the position of Vice-President, Legal Affairs and Corporate Development, Wayne Holmstead will remain as the Vice-President of Exploration, and Waylon Iserhoff and David Berry will remain as members of the Board of Directors.
“This is a very important moment for Atacama and the culmination of many months of hard work. The importance of this day cannot be understated as some of Canada’s most prominent First Nations leaders and business executives will now be guiding Atacama,” explained Colin Keith.
As noted by new Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, Joe Dion, “This has been a long time coming for Indigenous peoples of Canada; to be leading the exploration and development of our natural resources in a respectful, ethical, and environmentally sensitive manner. Atacama will be progressive in its relations with First Nations and we believe this will be reflected in many ways, including our employment and procurement practices. We feel this will not only be highly rewarding for Atacama shareholders, but the benefits of these resources will be experienced by impacted Indigenous communities in a lasting and commensurate manner.”
As highlighted by David Berry, “To the best of my knowledge, Atacama is the world’s first publicly traded mineral exploration company with a First Nations-lead board and management team. I am incredibly proud to have Joe, Darwin, Josh, Justin, and Chris join our team. We see the potential for major social and economic development and I believe our shareholders should be very happy. Additionally, we have been working to resolve the cease trade issue with the Alberta Securities Commission. Our new team will assist with this process and we are hopeful to get back on track with our exploration and asset acquisition plans.”
“Strong relations with First Nations are vital to successful resource exploration and development,” remarked incoming board member, Darwin Douglas. “We want to be at the forefront developing and maintaining ethical, meaningful and mutually beneficial and prosperous relationships and partnerships (centered upon responsible resource exploration and development) with First Nations throughout our country.”
Joe Dion is the current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Frog Lake Energy Resources Corporation (“FLERC”), one of Canada’s only wholly-owned First Nations owned oil and gas exploration and production companies. Prior to joining FLERC, Joe worked as a consultant for First Nations in Canada and the United States while advising energy companies and governments negotiating Impact Benefit Agreements and joint ventures.
Joe also comes from a family of hereditary chiefs. He is great-grandson to notable Cree Chief Big Bear, who played pivotal roles in Canadian history. As his great-grandfather before him, Joe served in his hereditary role as Chief of Kehewin Cree Nation and Grand Chief for the Province of Alberta.
From tribal administrator, council member, treaty chairman, constitutional coordinator, to president and chairman of numerous boards, brotherhoods, and associations, Joe works tirelessly for the social and economic well-being of First Nations. In 1984, Joe founded the Indian Resource Council of Canada. This council now represents over 150 First Nations in Canada and was instrumental in establishing Indian Oil and Gas Canada, a federal government agency responsible for managing oil and gas development on Indian reserve lands.
Darwin Douglas is a prominent entrepreneur, a Council member for Cheam First Nation, board member for Cheam Enterprises Inc., CEO of All Nations Cannabis, and a leader in his family and community while serving as a leader and a new voice for Indigenous Business in the Stó:lo territory and beyond.
For several years Darwin served as a researcher and manager in Aboriginal Rights and Title for both the Cheam First Nation and the Stó:lo Nation. He was also the manager of the Coqualeetza Cultural Education Centre, where he was able to bring financial stability to the Centre and relocate archival materials to ensure they were preserved properly for future generations. He also currently owns and operates two small businesses in the Fraser Valley, the Cheam Trading Post which offers wild, local and fair trade salmon and seafood products, and, Stó:lo Seafood Company, a business that operates a certified processing facility.
Joshua Dion is a seasoned oil and gas and governmental and indigenous affairs executive. A member of the Kehewin Cree Nation, Joshua obtained his MBA from the University of Trinity Western and has recently served as the Community Outreach Officer for the Western Indigenous Pipeline Group and the Manager of Corporate and Indigenous Relations and Partnerships for Indigenous Resource Management in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Josh has worked with software tools to help build First Nation capacity by providing a single window approach to project management and consultation. It is through this that Josh has worked with communities in understanding the needs for own-source revenue streams to bolster their economies and improve resource management.
Justin Gee is a member of the Six Nations of Grand River and a graduate of Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Metallurgical Engineering). With over twenty one (21) years of completing of planning studies and detailed designs for First Nations across Canada, Justin is perhaps the only First Nations individual with both professional engineering and planning designations, and is the Vice-President of Canada’s largest First Nations owned and operated engineering company, First Nations Engineering Services Ltd.
William (Chris) McKay
Chris McKay is an Oji-cree from Mattagami First Nation in mineral rich Northeastern Ontario and has been involved in the mining and exploration sectors for over 15 years while representing and negotiating, on behalf of the Mattagami First Nation, 3 Impact Benefit Agreements, including the Cote Lake Gold project, and over 10 exploration agreements.
Chris has also worked for TransCanada Pipeline on the Energy East Project as the national Aboriginal Advisor on Traditional Knowledge. During this time Chris negotiated over 50 Community Engagement Agreements to complete impact studies for identified communities.
Chris also works with the Wabun Tribal Council as its Economic Development Advisor being tasked with providing business development advice as well accessing funding for various projects including resource and renewable energy development.
About Atacama Resources International (www.acrlintl.com)
Atacama Resources International is a publicly traded OTC Pink company with significant mining claims in the greater Kirkland Lake area of Northern Ontario. Metals and minerals under potential exploration include gold, silver, copper, graphite and cobalt.
Atacama Resources International, Inc. ("Atacama") is a mineral exploration and development company with a diverse and expanding portfolio of over
3000 acres of mineral claims throughout Northeastern Ontario.
Highlighted by a one hundred (100%) percent interest in nearly 1500 acres of potential gold and other valuable resource claims in the Kirkland Lake gold camp,
one of the strongest gold producing regions in North America, Atacama aims to reward shareholders through a highly disciplined,
yet aggressive approach to asset development and acquisition, and partnerships.
A New Strategic Direction
Following a recent restructuring that brought forth a new and highly-skilled team of directors and management, Atacama is paving the way for its
transformation into a top Canadian exploration company. Atacama is determinedly focused on asset development and acquisition and seeks to leverage
its broad set of financial and capital markets capabilities, coupled with in-depth mining expertise, to reawaken the company as an industry leader.
A Passion for Exploration
Atacama is focused on holistic, long-term value creation through the discovery and development of gold and other valuable mineral resources.
With a dynamic, experienced and proven team of directors and senior management who possess excellent skill sets for driving value and growth in the mining
and exploration industry, Atacama is well positioned to unlock the value of its assets.
Our expertise covers the entire continuum of resource discovery and development, mining operations and production, capital markets and business development.
Colin KeithPresident and Chief Executive Officer
Paul RokebyChief Financial Officer
Waylon IserhoffVice President, Community Relations
Daniel FinchHead of United States Operations
John GrantSenior Geological and Geophysical Advisor
Chad GlosterSenior Exploration Advisor
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a publicly traded exploration company with over 3000 acres of mineral claims in Northeastern Ontario, including potential
gold, silver, copper, cobalt, and graphite deposits
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Atacama owns the mining claims for Atacama 1, 2 and 3.---NOW ATACAMA- #4
The claims are within four miles of the new Kirkland Lake Gold, Inc. (KLG) shaft.
KLG has committed several hundred million dollars to further recover gold in the region.
Atacama has acquired new historical information regarding the potential gold concentrations for Atacama 1.
Atacama has 1000 feet of core samples that have not been assayed. With visible gold noted at or near the surface near the core samples drill site,
it clearly is in the best interests of Atacama and its shareholders to selectively assay the stored core samples.
This document is prepared to inform shareholders and other interested parties about the possible valuation of the Atacama in-the-ground gold assets.
Atacama Resources obtained the mining claims to parcels Atacama 1, Atacama 2 and Atacama 3 in Kirkland Lake, Ontario in 2015. Everyone is aware that gold can be beautifully shaped and sculpted for use in fine jewelry.
The following discussion presents a comprehensive overview of the Atacama position in Kirkland Lake.
This has accounted for most of gold usage so far but the major upside growth potential for gold usage is in a variety of commercial uses.
Gold conducts electricity and does not corrode or tarnish. These qualities make it the metal of choice for a wide range of industries.
For instance, it is used in most electric/electronic devices including cell phones and laptops.
Nearly US$600 million worth of gold is used in the one billion cell phones sold each year!
As the world accelerates into the electrical/electronic gadget world of the future the demand for gold will surely accelerate along with it.
Dentists have used gold for fillings and crowns for nearly 3,000 years and today it is widely applied in medical treatments ranging from arthritis to cancer.
The future growth in the demand for gold is well documented.
Demand is going up, but supply is going down at a very fast rate.
New major gold discoveries are becoming extremely rare and Atacama Resources is in a favorable position.
These demand, supply and cost factors shape Atacama’s strategy to place serious focus on its 1360 acres located virtually adjacent to
Kirkland Lake Gold (KLG). KLG is a major gold producer and recognized as one of the richest gold mines in the world. KLG owns five former high-grade
producing gold mines located within the Kirkland Lake Camp that produced more than 22 million ounces at an average grade of 15.1 grams per ton
- all in a 120-kilometer fault zone which has produced more than 100 million ounces of gold. Atacama's claims are located along a southern strike of the same fault zone.
See site map and details below for more information.
Atacama 1 holds a long history in the Gold Bearing area of Kirkland Lake Ontario. Todora Syndicate Diamond Drilled 7 holes on the property.
High Gold, Copper and nickel showed in the drill holes.
Selected International Mines of London England leased 5 claims to Cheltonia-Swastika Mines Ltd. and sunk shaft 105 feet deep and 60 feet of lateral work on the 100-foot level.
In Totora-Kirkland Prospecting Syndicate acquired the property and staked 9 unpatented mines and 2 patented mines.
The property covers the strike of an apparent fault zone for over 3960 feet.
This zone appears to be a subsidiary fault to the Larder Lake “break” and is a favorable structure for the formation of Gold and Copper deposits.
In addition, more recent exploration at Atacama 1, and a more concentrated review of the results spread over fifty years indicate clearly that additional exploration,
geophysical analysis, drilling and assays is warranted at the property. For example:
Samples for copper were taken from trenches of 13.39%,6.12%,6.62% and 5.32%.
In 1971 Noranda Exploration Co. Ltd. had 4 samples assayed. Atacama will request the assay results from the Ontario Mining Cimmission.
In 1978 the properties were acquired by prospector Arnold Allsopp.
Three trenches were mechanically dug 300 feet apart and are located approximately 1000 feet west of the Cheltonia shaft. Each trench extends
northwards from the controlled base line.
Rick Yost Drilling carried out a drilling/core Program on the property.
Two holes were completed to a depth of five hundred feet each and one thousand feet of drill cores are in storage awaiting assays.
Visual gold (you can see it with the naked eye) exists in the cores
While the drilling was undertaken an excavator was used to Power Strip (trench) over burden to expose the rock surface.
Here again, at the surface rock exposure, visual gold is evident.
While gold was found at the surface and throughout the rather shallow drill holes, the provincial geologist and Kirkland Lake Gold
both have indicated and proven that gold values increase the deeper the deposit.
This is good news for Atacama. Plan to assay the core samples at over 500 feet.
Arnold says that values of 1/4 ounces/ ton exist at or near the surface. This value is EXTREMELY high.
Atacama Resources International Inc. acquired the properties and has since diamond drilled two core locations.
There was enough indication to warrant major work on the property as expressed by the geologist in the Atacama 1,2 and 3 property report, which is available on request.