Gayna Project

NWT, Canada

The Gayna Project has great exploration potential for zinc, germanium, gallium, lead, and silver


The Gayna Project is approximately 180 km west of Norman Wells, NWT, and 180 km north of Fireweed’s Macpass Project (Yukon), is located within the Sahtu Settlement Area, the Gwich’in Settlement Area and the asserted territory of the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun. In 2022, Fireweed staked the ~128 km2 project area encompassing all historical showings and anomalies. The extensive area of mineralization was outlined by 28,000 m of wide-spaced, historical drilling completed by Rio Tinto in the 1970s.
Recent studies by Fireweed indicate potential for high-grade massive sulphide targets. Ground gravity, airborne LiDAR and orthophoto surveys led to several gravity-high anomalies located over the inferred position of carbonate rocks along reef-margins. Collected rock samples have high zinc, silver, and lead concentrations, along with elevated concentrations of gallium and germanium, illustrating the potential for an undiscovered source(s) of high-grade massive sulphides along the margins of the reef areas.

 A geophysical program conducted in 2022 by Fireweed identified two broad areas with gravity anomalies, similar to Kipushi-style targets. The objectives of a ground gravity geophysical survey completed in summer 2023 are to identify new anomalies, refine existing anomalies, and inform future plans for drilling at target areas.


Fireweed proposes to test a new geological concept for Gayna by undertaking a small drill program in the near future. Drilling will verify if high-grade massive sulphide zones exist near the margins of ancient carbonate reefs. Fireweed plans to engage with Indigenous groups and government entities and apply for activity-enabling permits (e.g., Type A Land Use Permit for drilling). Fireweed will conduct its proposed exploration program sustainably in accordance with all approvals.

Drill-Related Activities
  • Mobilize a drill rig to the area by plane utilizing the existing winter-season airstrip
  • Drill approximately 2,000 to 3,000 m (10–15 holes) in two main areas
Surface Exploration Activities
  • Prospecting and soil sampling around known anomalies
  • Airborne and ground-based gravity surveys


Fireweed Identifies Drill Targets at the Gayna Project, NWT

Fireweed Completes Geophysical Survey at the Gayna Project, NWT

Fireweed Identifies New Targets at Gayna River, NWT Following Completion of First Exploration Program

Fireweed Commences Gravity Survey at Gayna River Zinc project

Technical information on this page has been approved by Fireweed’s VP Geology, Dr. Jack Milton, P.Geo. (BC), a ‘Qualified Person’ as defined under Canadian National Instrument 43-101. For full disclosure please visit our cautionary statements page