New Reports on Slave Geological Province Mineral Potential to be Released

Two airborne geophysical surveys will provide additional insight for prospectors and mineral development companies interested in exploration in the Slave Geological Province of the Northwest Territories (NWT). The studies, developed by the Northwest Territories Geological Survey (NTGS), provide detailed airborne magnetic and electromagnetic survey data from the promising region.

The reports will be released on June 22, 2017 at 8:30am.

The new reports are entitled:

  • NWT Open Report 2017-014. Aeromagnetic Survey of the Central Slave Craton Area, NWT, Parts of NTS 75M and 75N.
  • NWT Open Report 2017-015. Airborne Electromagnetic and Horizontal-Gradient Magnetic Survey of the Central Slave Craton Area, NWT, Parts of NTS 75M, N, and 76D.

Background information - Here

This is the second data release in 2017; an earlier data set of mineral chemical information was released in March. The work was funded by a joint agreement between the NTGS and the Canadian Northern Development Agency (CanNor) to inform a variety of mineral exploration, geological and environmental research objectives.

The NTGS is a science-mandated division of the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment. Enhancing the availability of geoscience information is central to the Government of the Northwest Territories’ stated mandate to implement the NWT Mineral Development Strategy.


“The Northwest Territories relies on increased exploration and new mines to build and diversify the economy. Ensuring that prospectors and mineral exploration companies have the best information to pursue successful mineral projects in the territory is a first step to attracting investment, jobs and economic activity.”

Wally Schumann, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment

Quick Facts

  • The Slave Geological Province is one of the most promising mining regions in Canada and includes a number of gold, diamond, base metal and rare-earth deposits.
  • The surveys measure naturally occurring variations in the Earth’s magnetic and electromagnetic fields and can indicate the enhanced potential for the presence of several types of mineral deposit.

Media contact

Briony Wright
Senior Communications Officer
Industry, Tourism and Investment
Government of the Northwest Territories
Phone: (867) 767-9202 ext. 63049

For more information contact:

Asif Mirza
(867) 767-9211 x63203


Barrett Elliott
Diamond Geologist
(867) 767-9211 x63210

Updated 19 June 2017