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Eastmain Drilling at Eau Claire Confirms and Expands High-Grade Schist Structures

August 30, 2017

Toronto, Ontario, August 30, 2017 - Eastmain Resources Inc. (“Eastmain” or the “Company”- TSX:ER; OTCQX:EANRF) is pleased to announce the final assays from 12 drill holes (7,469 m), part of its 13,000 m drilling program at the Eau Claire gold deposit, located in James Bay, Québec (see FIGURES 1-5). These results have been incorporated into the deposit’s wireframe model and delivered to SGS Geostat for inclusion in the mineral resource update expected in September. Exploration continues with two drills. The Company's 100%-owned Clearwater Project hosts the Eau Claire gold deposit.

Drilling Highlights Include:

  • New shallow visible gold mineralization in quartz veining identified approximately 1.0 km SE of Eau Claire’s 450W Zone outcrop
    • ER17-771 - 226 g/t Au over 0.5 m – vertical depth of 69 m
  • High Grade Schist (“HGS”) drilling using an oblique, shear parallel hole confirmed the predicted locations of HGS-02 and HGS-04 veins in the updated resource model
    • ER17-777 - 5.84 g/t Au over 16.8 m, including 55.5 g/t Au over 0.5 m
    • ER17-777 - 8.71 g/t Au over 5.5 m, including 64.0 g/t Au over 0.5 m
    • ER17-777 - 3.38 g/t Au over 10.2 m, including 6.36 g/t Au over 2.5 m
  • Other Deep Domain exploration highlights include:
    • ER17-786 - 34.6 g/t Au over 1.1 m
    • ER17-782 - 15.9 g/t Au over 2.1 m, including 28.1 g/t Au over 1.1 m
    • ER17-775 - 2.50 g/t Au over 10.1 m including 11.5 g/t Au over 0.5 m

Claude Lemasson, Eastmain President and CEO, commented, "We are impressed with the ongoing drilling results. In particular, down-plunge hole ER17-777 cut multiple HGS vein intercepts and provided more data to the model regarding the relation of HGS-02 and HGS-04 to each other, and the behaviour of other HGS-type veins. Interestingly, hole ER17-771, targeting Deep Domain mineralization, drilled 226 g/t Au over 0.5 m in a new area of shallow mineralization southeast of the deposit. With minimal surrounding information, we intend to conduct significant follow-up in this area.”

The completed 13,000 m program was initiated to further define three important resource objectives:

  1. HGS Veins:
    • To demonstrate continuity of the HGS veins with several oblique, shear parallel holes; successful intercepts are providing greater understanding of the HGS mineralization and help outline future drilling targets
  2. Deep Domain Exploration:
    • To further develop and improve vein continuity within portions of the Deep Domains identified in the 2015 Eau Claire mineral resource estimate; holes in these domains are principally within the 400 m – 700 m depth range, targeting drill spacing of 50 – 75 m from historic holes
  3. Additional Exploration
    • To develop targets for testing from current interpretations of the 450W and 850W zones which may expand the mineral resource envelope

A summary of selected high-grade assay results from this drilling are presented in Table 1 below. TABLE 2 represents the complete set of significant results.

TABLE 1: Highlights from Eau Claire Drilling Results

Type

Drill Hole

From

To

Interval

Gold Assay

Vertical Depth (m)3

Zone

(m)

(m)

(m)1

(g/t Au)2

Deep Swarm

ER17-771

69.7

70.2

0.5

226.0

69

450 West

515.5

516.5

1.0

14.4

455

634.7

636.0

1.3

7.72

548

Deep Swarm

ER17-775

604.0

614.0

10.1

2.50

547

450 West

incl. 609.0

610.0

0.5

11.5

Deep Swarm

ER17-778

760.4

766.7

6.3

1.99

642

450 West

incl. 762.6

763.7

1.1

5.31

Deep Swarm

ER17-782

608.0

610.1

2.1

15.9

556

450 West

incl. 609.0

610.1

1.1

28.1

Deep Swarm

ER17-786

386.2

387.3

1.1

34.6

366

450 West

723.0

724.0

1.0

11.8

665

Exploration

ER17-780

89.0

90.0

1.0

13.5

81

850 West

99.5

102.0

2.5

4.94

90

421.8

422.3

0.5

27.5

382

Exploration

ER17-783

432.9

442.1

9.2

2.62

395

450 West

incl. 432.9

433.6

0.7

10.8

incl. 440.0

440.6

0.6

10.8

HGS

ER17-777

159.5

164.0

4.5

3.51

157

450 West

173.5

176.0

2.5

3.72

169

184.5

201.3

16.8

5.84

187

incl. 187.0

187.5

0.5

55.5

and 193.5

194.0

0.5

25.5

211.2

213.2

2.0

12.4

205

218.5

221.0

2.5

7.88

213

231.6

233.2

1.6

20.3

225

266.5

276.7

10.2

3.38

263

incl. 270.5

273.0

2.5

6.36

314.0

319.5

5.5

8.71

307

incl. 314.0

315.5

0.5

64.0

  1. Intervals are presented in core length; true width will vary depending on the intersection angle of the hole with the targeted zone. Holes are generally planned to intersect vein structures as close to perpendicular as possible and true widths are estimated to be 75%-85% of downhole widths with the exception of hole ER17-777 from which true width cannot be determined.
  2. For known mineralized zones, intervals are based on geological observations and limited compositing of veins. Assays presented are not capped. Intercepts occur within geological confines of major zones but have not been correlated to individual vein domains at this time.
  3. Vertical depth is measured from the surface to the mid-point of the reported interval.

High Grade Schist (HGS) Exploration

Hole ER17-777 drilled near-parallel to HGS-02, confirming the interpreted positions of the main HGS veins (see FIGURE 2 and 3). Highlights include 3.51 g/t Au over 4.5 m, 1.72 g/t Au over 3.0 m and 3.72 g/t Au over 2.5 m in HGS-02 and 12.4 g/t Au over 2.0 m, 7.88 g/t Au over 2.5 m and 20.3 g/t Au over 1.6 m in HGS-04. In addition, the hole encountered other HGS-style veins paralleling HGS-02. Additional examination of historic drilling will be conducted in this area to facilitate potential re-classification of QT to HGS-type veins.

Deep Domain Exploration (400 m - 700 m depth)

Seven drill holes testing the Deep Domains below 400 m depth are reported with 6 holes intersecting interpreted vein extensions to veins identified in these Domains between 2003 and 2009 (see FIGURE 4).

Hole ER17-771 intersected 7.72 g/t over 1.3 m, located 70 m up-dip and to the northeast of hole ER04-44 (18.0 g/t over 1.5 m). The hole intercepted mineralization at 548 m vertical depth.

A narrow high-grade gold interval of 226 g/t Au over 0.5 m was also intersected at 69 m vertical depth in hole ER17-771, collared south of Tonalite Lake. This intercept bears visible gold in a quartz vein with associated tourmaline and biotite. The vein is located outside of the Eau Claire mineral resource envelope in a minimally explored area of the property south of the deposit. Evaluation of this intercept and related geology in historic adjacent holes and at surface is underway to specifically target this mineralization.

Hole ER17-775 tested the extension of hole ER03-29 which intersected 2 deep intervals (an upper 1.51 g/t Au over 2.5 m and lower 18.0 g/t Au over 1.5 m), at 547 m depth and 7.5 m apart. Hole ER17-775 encountered the projected extension of ER03-29 veins intersecting a single interval 2.5 g/t Au over 10.1 m including 11.5 g/t Au over 0.5 m, 13 m to the east.

Hole ER17-778 tested the same Deep Domain as ER03-29 and ER17-775, approximately 190 m to the east and approximately 100 m deeper than hole ER17-775. This hole returned a mineralized interval 1.99 g/t Au over 6.3 m, including 5.31 g/t Au over 1.1 m, at 642 m vertical depth.

Hole ER17-786 tested the Deep Domain identified initially by hole ER04-45 which intersected a stacked interval of 3 veins (4.94 g/t Au /over 1.7 m, 3.71 g/t Au over 1.6 m and 4.99 g/t Au over 6.5 m) within a core interval of 19.0 m at a vertical depth of 677 m. Hole ER17-786 intersected the projected vein zone 55 m due east of hole ER03-45 returning 11.8 g/t Au over 1.0 m.

Hole ER17-782 intersected 15.9 g/t Au over 2.1 m approximately 100 m up-hole of the projected Deep Domain target, at a vertical depth of 556 m (see FIGURE 5). This intercept is not part of the documented vein array. It is most closely associated to the previously reported HGS intercept in hole ER17-774 of 30.8 g/t Au over 4.1 m at a vertical depth of 529 m located 140 m to the east (see press release dated July 27, 2017). These 2 intercepts are approximately 300 m down-dip of the deepest current limits of the HGS-02 vein and nearby QT veins in the 450W Zone. An undrilled extent of approximately 150 m east to west and 300 m in dip is defined for further exploration drilling.

Additional Exploration Drilling

Several additional holes were completed at shallow depths (<400 m). A total of 4 holes are reported from this exploration, including 2 each targeting the 450W and 850W zones. Holes ER17-780 and ER17-781 tested the 850W Zone with hole ER17-780 encountering numerous narrow intersections characteristic of QT veins including 2 shallow intervals at 81 m and 90 m returning 13.5 g/t Au over 1.0 m and 4.94 g/t Au over 2.5 m, respectively. These intervals appear to extend the interpretation of the flat-lying QT-08 vein approximately 50 m to the east. One interval intersected at 380 m vertical depth returned 27.5 g/t Au over 0.5 m in an underexplored area of the 850W Zone.

Holes ER17-783 tested the 450W Zone just below 400 m in depth. The hole extends known mineralization reported in hole ER17-720 (see press release dated June 1, 2017) by 50 m down-dip, intersecting two similar zones of interest between 400 m and 432 m including the HGS-02 vein (2.62 g/t Au over 9.2 m at 410 m vertical depth) and an interpreted extension of QT vein 39 (4.54 g/t Au over 1.0 m).

Table 3: Hole Location Information

 

 

Azimuth

Dip

UTM Coordinates

Elevation

Hole Length

Zone

Hole ID

 Degrees

Degrees

Easting

Northing

(m)

(m)

450 West

ER17-771

358

-65

445,163

5,784,579

268

640

450 West

ER17-775

352

-68

444,540

5,784,616

270

691

450 West

ER17-778

359

-63

444,702

5,784,466

262

748

450 West

ER17-779

16

-52

445,115

5,784,579

259

607

450 West

ER17-782

344

-73

444,990

5,784,541

261

756

450 West

ER17-784

15

-69

444,815

5,784,279

266

978

450 West

ER17-786

8

-73

444,965

5,784,491

266

799

850 West

ER17-780

150

-65

444,050

5,785,615

290

474

850 West

ER17-781

151

-45

443,542

5,785,338

273

348

450 West

ER17-783

355

-70

444,678

5,784,846

259

525

450 West

ER17-785

175

-70

445,316

5,784,925

282

492

450 West

ER17-777

288

-75

444,886

5,785,108

298

411

This press release was compiled and reviewed by William McGuinty, P. Geo., Eastmain's VP Exploration and Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101. Please see Eastmain press release dated July 13, 2017 or the Company's 2016 AIF, filed on www.sedar.com under the company's profile, for a description of data verification and QA/QC procedures.

To view FIGURES 1-5, please click on the following link: www.eastmain.com/_resources/news/Images/ER-170830-EC-Figures1-5.pdf

To view TABLE 2, please click on the following link: www.eastmain.com/_resources/news/Images/ER-170830-ECdrillingTABLE2.pdf

About Eastmain Resources Inc. (TSX:ER)

Eastmain is a Canadian exploration company with 100% interest in the Eau Claire and Eastmain Mine gold deposits, both of which are located within the James Bay District of Quebec. Clearwater, host of the Eau Claire deposit, is the Company’s core asset with access to superior infrastructure in a favourable mining jurisdiction. Eastmain also holds a pipeline of exploration projects in this new Canadian mining district, including being a partner in the Éléonore South Joint Venture.

For more information: 

Claude Lemasson, President and CEO
+1 647-347-3765
lemasson@eastmain.com

Alison Dwoskin, Manager Investor Relations
+1 647-347-3735
|dwoskin@eastmain.com

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