LIFT defines 13 km by 6 km spodumene-in-till anomaly at the Pontax Lithium Project, Quebec, and updates on other Quebec exploration activities

May 2, 2024 – Vancouver, B.C., Li-FT Power Ltd. (“LIFT” or the “Company”) (TSXV: LIFT) (OTCQX: LIFFF) (Frankfurt: WS0) is pleased to report results from its summer 2023 exploration program at the Pontax Project and the Rupert Project, both in the James Bay region of Quebec. Pontax is comprised of 100%-owned ground and ground under option agreement with Harfang Exploration Inc. (“Harfang”),.

The summer 2023 surface exploration program was comprised of geologic mapping, prospecting, and glacial-sediment (till) sampling. Till samples were processed to look for spodumene grains within the till. The results at Pontax revealed a 13 km by 6 km anomaly that has spodumene grain counts similar to till down-ice of the Whabouchi lithium deposit, located approximately 2 km northeast of LIFT’s sampling. Additional spodumene anomalies were defined on the Rupert property where, importantly, background values have been well-defined (Figure 2).

Francis MacDonald, CEO of LIFT comments, “The size and strength of the Pontax spodumene anomaly is very impressive. We understand the expression of a large spodumene resource in till from our sampling results down-ice of the Whabouchi lithium deposit. The anomaly that we have defined at Pontax has similar amounts of spodumene grains in till, but we are seeing this anomalism over a 13 km by 6 km area in comparison to a 4 km by 1 km area down-ice of Whabouchi. The implication of this is that we believe there is potential for a large spodumene pegmatite dyke swarm buried beneath extensive glacial sediments in the Pontax area. The next exploration program will be tailored to narrowing this large area down to drill targets”.

Figure 1 – Spodumene grains from glacial till sampling in the Pontax area.

Figure 2 - Pontax spodumene anomaly vs. the Whabouchi Li Deposit (Arcadium Lithium & Investissement Quebec). The spodumene anomaly down-ice of Whabouchi is similar to many areas within the Pontax project. The strength of the anomalies in the Pontax areas may indicate a spodumene pegmatite dyke swarm is present nearby, beneath glacial sediments.

Figure 3 - Location of the Pontax, Rupert, and Moyenne projects, James Bay region, Quebec.

Discussion of till sampling program

Till sampling for geochemistry or indicator minerals has been used extensively in Canada and other regions previously covered by glaciers (see Figure 4) to make a number of discoveries beneath the transported sediment cover (e.g. Rainy River (Gold), Ekati (Diamonds), East Kemptville (Tin), Regnault (Gold), Casa Berardi (Gold), Blackwater (Gold)). In addition to new discoveries, many orientation surveys have been completed over previously discovered deposits that suggest a till sampling program would have been a successful methodology if employed during early exploration phases (e.g. Meliadine (Gold), Madrid (Gold), Strange Lake (REE-Be), Lac des Isles (PGE)).

The Pontax Project is located within an area that was inundated by the Tyrell Sea at the end of the last glaciation period. The surficial sediment cover in the project area consists of till overlain locally by Tyrrell Sea mud and reworked locally by littoral processes during subsequent regression of the sea (Hardy, 1976; Lamarche et al., 2018). Thick post-glacial organic wetland deposits cap the succession locally. The till has a silty sand matrix, contains abundant locally sourced igneous and metamorphic clasts, and is ornamented by various types of streamlined landforms that trend southwest-northeast, including drumlins, crag-and-tails, and tongue-shaped landforms. Till samples were collected from topographic highs where till outcrops can be found penetrating through the blanket of glaciomarine mud found in the lowlands.

The Rupert-Pontax spodumene grain count sampling program was designed to test areas with anomalous till geochemistry for lithium (see press release dated November 9, 2022). Samples were spaced at roughly 800 meters by 200 meters on the Rupert sampling grid, and at Pontax sample spacing along the line was 200 meters with sampling being taken where possible on topographic highs due to glaciomarine clay filling topographic lows. 10 kilograms of till was collected from each sampling site and sent to Overburden Drilling Management for processing and spodumene grain counts.

Figure 4 - Schematic of glacial dispersal of spodumene grains from bedrock into glacial sediments at surface. A buried spodumene pegmatite has been eroded by southwesterly flowing ice during the last glaciation event which has mechanically transported boulders of spodumene pegmatite, as well as spodumene grains, from the bedrock source into the overlying glacial sediments (modified from McClenaghan 2017).

Additional surface work completed in 2023

In addition to spodumene grain counts, LIFT collected 1,654 rock samples which returned lithium values of up to 0.56% Li2O (located within the Pontax Project). These values are not economic but are highly anomalous and indicate that a spodumene pegmatite system could be near by. Anomalous values of tantalum, cesium, beryllium, and tins are associated with increased lithium values, especially in the Pontax area. One spodumene-bearing boulder was found within the spodumene grain anomaly down-ice of Whabouchi that returned 1.77% Li2O. This boulder is assumed to be transported from the Whabouchi deposit onto LIFT’s claim package and suggests that spodumene grains have also been transported from Whabouchi.

5,700 C-horizon matrix till geochemistry samples were collected on newly acquired claims and areas not sampled in 2022. Till geochemistry was used to vector into areas for additional sampling testing for the presence of spodumene grains within till. 

A VTEM-Magnetics survey was completed to the northeast of Power Nickel’s Lion Zone target. Power Nickel intersected 7.75 meters at 20.76 g/t Pt, 5.71 g/t Pd, 1.47% Cu, 13.1 g/t Ag, 0.28 g/t Au hosted within an ultramafic intrusive rock approximately 600 meters from LIFT’s claim boundary (see Power Nickel press release dated May 10, 2023). The same ultramafic intrusive lithologies are present on LIFT’s claims. Processing of the VTEM-magnetics survey has defined conductive-magnetic bodies at depth which could be massive sulphides sulphide target similar to Power Nickel’s Wildcat discovery. LIFT is evaluating options to advance the target.

Update on drilling completed in 2023

During the summer of 2023, LIFT completed 12 diamond drill holes (4,069 meters) to test lithium (+/- Ta-Sn-Nb) anomalies in till geochemistry to the north of the Whabouchi lithium deposit (Anomalies A and B; see press release dated March 29, 2023). All drill holes encountered granitic rocks with lithium values between 100-300 ppm, pegmatites with negligible lithium values, and mafic dykes that have are slightly enriched in lithium (300-700 ppm). No significant spodumene pegmatites were intersected and no additional drilling is warranted in that particular area.

About the Pontax Option

Under the terms of the option agreement with Harfang, LIFT can acquire up to a 70% interest in the project by completing remaining scheduled cash payments totaling $100,000 and remaining exploration expenditures totaling approximately $4,500,000 by July 2028. Harfang will then have the option of converting its remaining participating interest of 30% into a 2.5% net smelter returns royalty or to form a joint venture to further explore the property.

QA/QC & Sampling Protocols

10 kg till samples: Till samples were shipped to Overburden Drilling Management (ODM) in Ottawa, Ontario for processing by panning and a shaking table to produce heavy mineral concentrates, ODM further refined the concentrates using heavy liquid separation to produce mid-density concentrates which they then picked for indicator minerals. Representative spodumene and other minerals are checked using a scanning electron microscope to confirm identification. ODM removes a 300 gram archival split for each sample.

Rock Samples and Drill Core: Sample preparation and analytical work for this drill program were carried out by Bureau Veritas in Vancouver, Canada. Samples were prepared for analysis according to BV method PRP70-250: individual samples were crushed to 70% passing through 2 mm (10 mesh) screen; a 250-gram sub-sample was riffle split and then pulverized such that 85% passed through 75-micron (200 mesh) screen. A 0.25-gram sub-sample of the pulverized material was then dissolved in a 4-acid solution and analysed for 59 elements according to BV method MA250. Any samples that returned over-limit values for lithium (i.e. greater than 2000 ppm) were analysed with BV method PF370 where a 2-gram subsample is digested with sodium peroxide fusion and analysed with a ICP-ES finish. All results passed the QA/QC screening at the lab, all inserted standards and blanks returned results that were within acceptable limits.

Till geochemistry samples: Till geochemistry samples were collected from between 20 - 80 centimeters below surface, from the C-horizon of the till. Approximately one kilogram of material was collected from each sample site and shipped to Bureau Veritas ("BV") in Timmins, Ontario for preparation. Samples were prepared for analysis according to BV method SS230 whereby individual samples were sieved to isolate the -230 mesh (-63 microns) fraction. Samples were analysed at BV in Vancouver, British Columbia with BV methods MA250 (4-acid digestion with ICP-MS finish) for multi-element data (0.25-gram split is heated in HNO3, HClO4 and HF to fuming and taken to dryness). A 30-gram split was analyzed with BV method AQ130 (aqua regia with ICP-MS finish) for gold analysis.

Qualified Person

Don Cummings, P.Geo (OGQ # 2183), independent consultant to Li-FT Power Ltd., Qualified Person under NI 43-101 on standards of disclosure for mineral projects, has reviewed and approved the technical content of this release.

About LIFT

LIFT is a mineral exploration company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, and development of lithium pegmatite projects located in Canada. The Company’s flagship project is the Yellowknife Lithium Project located in Northwest Territories, Canada. LIFT also holds three early-stage exploration properties in Quebec, Canada with excellent potential for the discovery of buried lithium pegmatites, as well as the Cali Project in Northwest Territories within the Little Nahanni Pegmatite Group.

For further information, please contact:

Francis MacDonald
Chief Executive Officer
Tel:  + 1.604.609.6185
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.li-ft.com

Daniel Gordon
Investor Relations
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Email: [email protected]

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