Eskay Announces that SSR Mining Inc. will Proceed with Second Year of SIB Option Agreement

Toronto, January 22, 2018 – Eskay Mining Corp. (“Eskay” or the “Company”) (TSXV:ESK) (OTC-PK: ESKYF) (Frankfurt: KN7; WKN: A0YDPM) is pleased to announce that SSR Mining Inc. (formerly Silver Standard Resources Inc.) (NASDAQ: SSRM) (TSX: SSRM) (“SSRM”) has elected to proceed with the second year of a three year option agreement with the Company on the SIB property. SSRM may earn an undivided 51% interest by spending an aggregate of $11.7 million in exploration expenditures over the term of the agreement. SSRM may earn a further 9% undivided interest for an aggregate 60% undivided interest by delivering either a preliminary economic assessment or completing an aggregate of 23,000 meters of diamond drilling (see April 26th, 2017 news release). Eskay is also pleased to announce the final assay results from the 2017 diamond drill program at the SIB property.

The 2017 drill program at the SIB property was designed to test for precious metals enriched massive sulphide mineralization and prospective stratigraphy beneath the Coulter Creek Thrust Fault (CCFT). The SIB property lies immediately south-southwest along strike from Barrick Gold Corporation’s past-producing Eskay Creek Mine. Ten of the twelve drillholes completed in 2017 targeted the footwall of the CCTF (Figure 1). All holes intersected favourable Salmon River Formation rocks, which closely resemble host rocks at the mine. Cross sections illustrating the interpreted geology of the CCTF footwall, which were constructed from geological, geophysical and downhole structural data, are shown in Figures 2, 3 and 4.

All of the 2017 drillholes targeting the CCTF footwall intersected alteration consistent with footwall alteration in a volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) setting (variably intense chlorite-sericite alteration); local sulphide-bearing veins were also intersected in a number of holes. Assays from the 2017 drilling are suggestive of the presence of two styles of mineralization: 1) disseminated sulphides hosting anomalous pathfinder elements within carbonaceous mudstone; and 2) polymetallic sulphide veins, locally up to 10 cm thick, consisting of pyrite, pyrrhotite, sphalerite, galena, +/- chalcopyrite and arsenopyrite. The former style occurs in mudstone stratigraphically overlying rocks correlative with the Eskay Creek Mine footwall rhyolite, and it has a similar geochemical
signature to mineralization observed along the fringes of stratiform ore bodies at the mine. The polymetallic veins are hosted within the Eskay-type footwall rhyolite. A list of drillhole highlights from the 2017 drill program is given in Table 1.

In addition to intersecting encouraging mineralization and extensive alteration, the 2017 drill program greatly improved the Company’s geologic understanding of the CCTF and its footwall. The surface location of the fault and its sub-surface geometry are now constrained, and the drilling confirmed that the footwall stratigraphy bears strong similarities with rocks hosting the Eskay Creek deposits. There also appears to be an extensive area of altered Coulter Creek footwall rocks west and south of the area drilled in 2017 that are reachable with the drill. Therefore, there remains potential for Eskaystyle discoveries at the SIB property, and target generation for the 2018 summer drill program at the property is currently underway. It will systematically test the extensive
and favourable Eskay stratigraphy to the west and south of the 2017 drill area for precious metals enriched VMS mineralization.

Table 1 – 2017 Drillhole Highlights
Hole                  From (m)        To (m)        Length(m)        Au (g/t)        Ag(g/t)          Zn(%)           Pb(%)          As(ppm)         Sb(ppm)         Hg(ppm)
EK17-142            891.30            894.30        3.00                   0.47               0.5                  –                      –                    61                     13                     –
EK17-145            622.00            623.00        1.00                   0.03               1.0                  –                      –                   1980                241                  3.58
EK17-146            221.00            223.00        2.00                   0.30               1.5               0.02                  –                    352                   57                      –
EK17-147            337.63             339.19         1.56                   0.02               0.3               0.04               0.01               972                    89                      –
EK17-148           132.30              135.30         3.00                  0.02              5.2                0.04                –                    3040                  61                      –
EK17-149           321.30              324.30        3.00                  0.01               2.8                0.08               –                     581                   171 1.2
EK17-149           390.38             396.38        6.00                  0.01               3.7                 0.20              0.04               202                      5                    N/A
Incl.                    395.38             396.38         1.00                  0.03              11.6                0.44               0.11                667                      7                      N/A
N/A – Not analyzed

Charles J. Greig, P. Geo., a member of the Company’s Advisory Team, is a Qualified Person under the definition of National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Greig has reviewed and approved the technical information in this press release.

For further information regarding the SIB property, see the Company’s Press Releases of October 17, 2016, August 8, 2016, May 9, 2016 and January 23, 2013.

Eskay Mining Corp. Announces 2018 Plans

Toronto, January 19, 2018 – Eskay Mining Corp. (“Eskay” or the “Company”) (TSXV: ESK) (OTC-PK: ESKYF) (Frankfurt: KN7; WKN: A0YDPM) is pleased to announce
its plans for 2018 fieldwork, largely based on:

1) an update by nickel expert Peter Lightfoot on its Red Lightning zone, along with a subsequent re-evaluation of previously-collected stream sediment geochemical data from the immediate vicinity;
2) the identification through recent mapping of a Brucejack-style conceptual exploration target on its North Mitchell block; and
3) the initiation of an exploration-focused review of historical data from Eskay Mining’s entire land package outside of the SIB property. Reference is made to the Company’s website at www.eskaymining.com for more maps and information on the Company’s 130,000 acre landholdings in the Golden Triangle of B.C.

Red Lightning Review

Immediately after the field season, highly-regarded geologist and magmatic Ni-Cu sulphide system expert Dr. Peter Lightfoot was contracted by the Company to carry out a review of previous work on Eskay Mining’s Red Lightning zone magmatic Ni-Cu-Co occurrence (Figure 1). Dr. Lightfoot, who was recently involved closely in Garibaldi Resources’ recognition and exploration of the potential at the nearby E&L Ni-Cu-PGEAu-Ag massive sulphide occurrence (20 km northwest), has confirmed that the mineralization at Red Lightning is indeed that of a magmatic nickel-copper sulphide system. And while the grades intersected to date are sub-economic (20.4 m at 0.79% Cu, 0.42% Ni and 0.08% Co, including 10 m at 1.03% Cu, 0.55% Ni and 0.10% Co [estimated true thicknesses of 10.8 m and 5.3 m, respectively]), the Ni-Cu system remains prospective.

The prospectivity evident at Red Lightning and nearby is also evident from a review of previous work in the belt by the Company. This work, which included stream sediment sampling and airborne geophysics, strongly suggests that Red Lightning should be viewed as just one small part of what is likely a much larger, 15 km long, relatively underexplored belt that likely includes other mafic-ultramafic bodies. The belt is outlined by anomalous Ni-Cu stream sediment geochemistry and airborne magnetic highs that may well run from the Red Lightning zone along a northwest trend toward Garibaldi’s Ni-Cu prospects and the E&L Zone (Figures 2 and 3). It is clear from the figures and this data that the Red Lightning-E&L trend warrants follow-up exploration work focusing on Ni-Cu-PGE mineralization.

Brucejack-Style Conceptual Target on the North Mitchell Block

The Company’s North Mitchell Block consists of six tenures comprising 1446 hectares that lies in “Elephant Country,” less than 2 km east-southeast of Seabridge Gold’s porphyry Au-Cu deposit, Iron Cap, and a similar distance across the Mitchell glacier from Pretium’s Snowfield gold deposit (Figure 4). Recent mapping of the property has confirmed that the same stratigraphic units which host many of the occurrences on Pretium’s Brucejack property track across and are preserved at North Mitchell. This is significant because many of the occurrences at Brucejack, which are aligned along a NNE trend that runs from south of the Valley of the Kings (Brucejack deposit) north at least as far as the Snowfield deposit, occur at, or near, a similar stratigraphic level within
the Early Jurassic section. Along that trend, intrusive and host stratified rocks below that stratigraphic level are commonly much more altered than the rocks above. This is particularly so near discordant structures (faults) which cut the host rocks and appear to have acted as controls for mineralization and alteration along the trend, but commonly at high angles to it. As has been shown at Brucejack, these faults also appear to have acted as basin-bounding extensional structures during deposition of the Early Jurassic volcanic and associated clastic rocks. In the Sulphurets Camp, these discordant structures may also have been reactivated and locally inverted much later, during contractional deformation associated with development of Skeena fold belt in mid-
Cretaceous time. Examples of such inverted structures in the Camp probably include the Sulphurets and Mitchell thrust faults, as well as folds at various scales, including the Valley of Kings syncline along the Brucejack trend, and folds and faults running subparallel to the trends of the Sulphurets and Mitchell thrusts.

On the North Mitchell Block (Figures 1 and 4) direct evidence for the presence of a mineralizing system is restricted to locally pervasive quartz-sericite-pyrite (qsp) alteration at lower stratigraphic levels and locally associated veining that to date has only returned anomalous gold grades. Our mapping, however, has revealed good evidence on the property for the existence of a possible inverted Early Jurassic structure, and this structure is coincident with the most intense alteration. The structure is manifest as a (faulted) mid-Cretaceous fold with a northeasterly trending axial plane across which a gently to moderately northerly-dipping sequence of relatively thin but distinctive volcanic strata on the northwest correlates well with similar but steeply southeastly-dipping to slightly overturned strata on the east that appear to be part of a much thicker sequence than their correlatives to the west. The change in stratigraphic thickness of coeval strata across this strongly southeast-vergent structure may therefore mark the presence of an inverted syn-depositional Early Jurassic structure. Given its association with common qsp alteration of lower Hazelton Group rocks, and given its general spatial association with both the Brucejack trend and with the northeast trend marked by the Au-rich Cu porphyries at Kerr, Sulphurets, Mitchell, and Iron Cap on Seabridge’s property (a trend which includes the emerging Au and Au-Cu systems still farther northeast on Tudor Gold’s Treaty Creek property), this conceptual but blind target at North Mitchell is truly compelling.

The Company is considering a number of approaches to help refine targets for drilling at North Mitchell, including a Magnetotelluric Survey and further geologic mapping.

Exploration-Focused Review of Historical Data

In late 2017 The Company also initiated a detailed review of all historical data collected from its extensive land package, which includes occurrences such as Red Lightning.
This review, which differs from previous compilations in its more detailed scope, is intended to help focus field-based follow-up that will generate specific drill targets. That fieldwork will build on fieldwork undertaken in 2016 (See October 17, 2016 news release) and will likely consist of geological mapping, prospecting, geochemical sampling and local ground geophysical surveying, with drilling to follow, either later on in the 2018 field season, or in 2019. The compilation is being undertaken by geologists Andrew Mitchell, Neil Prowse, and Arron Albano, under the supervision of Charlie Greig of C.J. Greig & Associates Ltd., all of whom are familiar with the area and who were closely involved in the 2017 SIB property exploration program that was funded by SSR Mining Inc.

Charles J. Greig, P. Geo., a member of the Company’s Advisory Team, is a Qualified Person under the definition of National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Greig has reviewed and approved the technical information in this press release.

For further information regarding the SIB property, see the Company’s Press Releases of October 17, 2016, August 8, 2016, May 9, 2016 and January 23, 2013.

Eskay Mining Reports on 2016 Fieldwork in the “Golden Triangle”

Toronto, October 17, 2016 – Eskay Mining Corp. (“Eskay” or the “Company”) (TSX-V:ESK) is pleased to report on the results of the 2016 exploration program announced in the Company`s August 8, 2016 press release.  Eskay holds a very large (55,000 hectares) land position in a key part of the “Golden Triangle” of northwestern British Columbia. Eskay’s holdings, part of which are held in a joint venture (80% Eskay) (the “ESK-JV Claims”), consist of three separate blocks of claims (see figure below). The largest block stretches in a broad concave-east arc from the area of the past-producing Eskay Creek Mine on the north, southward down the west side of Seabridge Gold’s resource-rich KSM property (nearly 50 million ounces gold, 14 billion pounds Cu, and 250 million ounces Ag in Measured and Indicated Resource categories (0.54 g/t Au, 0.21% Cu, and 2.7 g/t Ag in approx. 2.9 billion tonnes. Source: Seabridge Gold Inc. website)) in the Sulphurets mining camp. The other holdings include the North Mitchell block (1200 hectares), which lies north of Pretivm Resources’ Brucejack-Snowfield property (nearly 35 million ounces gold and 120 million ounces silver in the Measured and Indicated Resource categories (Brucejack, VOK:  17.2 g/t Au and 15.0 g/t Ag in 16.4 million tonnes; West zone: 5.85 g/t Au and 267 g/t Ag in 4.9 million tones. Snowfield: 0.59 g/t Au, 0.10% Cu, and 1.72 g/t Ag in approx. 1.37 billion tones. Source: Pretivm Resources Inc. website)) and immediately east of Seabridge’s Fe Cap Au-Cu deposit (see figure).  The mineralization and resources hosted on the above properties are not necessarily indicative of the mineralization, if any, hosted on the Company’s properties.  The final piece of Eskay’s land-holdings, the New Eskay tenure (570 hectares), lies to the west of the northern end of the main property.

Proposed Drill Program Permitted

Eskay is pleased to announce that a plan is in place to systematically drill-test the highly prospective stratigraphy on its SIB Project, which lies immediately south-southwest along trend from the past-producing and very high value Eskay Creek mine (see figure below).  Permits are now in place for this proposed program, which would involve systematic deep drilling to target the southerly part of the Eskay trend, where stratiform-style high-grade Au-Ag mineralization was intersected in previous drilling.

Highlights of Fieldwork

On the southernmost part of the Corey Property, the 2016 fieldwork and sampling strongly suggests that rocks similar in age, lithology, and alteration to those hosting the Eskay Creek deposit not only underlie parts of Eskay’s 100% owned Corey block on the southwestern part of the property, as was previously known, but also underlie most of the area to the east and southeast of there, toward the Frank Mackie icefield, which has been regarded previously as being underlain by older rocks.  Very encouraging results were returned by preliminary soil and rock geochemical sampling in that area, east of Ted Morris glacier, including two strings of soil geochemical samples across 400 to 500 meters which all yield anomalous precious metals values, along with very strongly anomalous “pathfinder” elements such as As, Sb, Cu, Pb, Mo and Zn, which are characteristic of “Eskay-style” mineralization.

The North Mitchell block of Eskay’s ESK-JV Claims was mapped in 2016 and a number of rock and soil geochemical samples were also collected from this area. The block, which abuts the northern end of Pretivm’s Brucejack-Snowfield property and which lies immediately east of Seabridge Gold Inc.’s Fe Cap deposit, lies along a highly altered and very well-mineralized trend that links the Treaty Creek area on the northweast with the Kerr deposit on the southwest (see figure). In addition to Kerr, this trend encompasses Seabridge’s Sulphurets, Mitchell and Fe Cap deposits, and Pretivm’s Snowfield deposit.  At Treaty Creek, Tudor Gold Corp. recently announced results documenting impressively broad gold intersections in drilling.  Stratified rocks on the North Mitchell block are also very similar to those on the Brucejack property.  The style and intensity of quartz-sericite-pyrite alteration affecting latite flows and fragmental rocks outcropping at lower elevations along the margin of the Mitchell glacier on the south part of the block is similar to that associated with mineral deposits throughout the Sulphurets camp.  With the knowledge that this part of the stratigraphy plays a role in localizing alteration and mineralization on the Brucejack property, with the proximity of this block to the Fe Cap and Snowfield deposits, and with the fact that sampling of the altered rocks returned elevated gold values (up to 295 ppb Au), Eskay Mining is greatly encouraged by the results, observations, and interpretations in its field program.

Another focus for fieldwork was the Big Red area near the south end of the Eskay holdings, west of Ted Morris Creek. There, approximately 25 grab samples from very common quartz veins hosted in biotite-hornfelsed and variably quartz-sericite-pyrite altered volcaniclastic rocks consistently yielded very highly anomalous copper, molybdenum and tungsten values, with locally anomalous silver and gold. The geochemical signature, the extent of alteration and the density of veining all suggest that the area warrants follow-up exploration.

Future Plans

Permitting has been completed for a large-scale deep drilling program at the SIB, and Eskay plans to raise the money to drill this exploration target in 2017.  The other areas discussed above will also be the focus for work aimed at developing drill targets. On the North Mitchell block, the focus will be on an MT or deep-looking 3D Induced Polarization survey to help target mineralizing systems on Eskay’s North Mitchell block, north of Brucejack and east of Fe Cap.  On the southernmost Eskay tenures, north to the latitude of Sulphurets Creek and including much of the Corey property, further late-season reconnaissance prospecting, geochemical surveys, and mapping will be undertaken to better evaluate the potential for Eskay Creek-style mineralization in the Middle Jurassic felsic submarine volcanic stratigraphy; at the same time, vein-type mineralization in the Big Red area will be further assessed for its depth potential.

Eskay Mining Corp. maintains strict QA/QC protocols for all aspects of its exploration programs. This includes the systematic insertion of blanks and standards into each sample batch. Rock and soil samples were collected in individually labeled plastic and kraft paper bags respectively, and were shipped by transport and/or Greyhound bus in sealed woven plastic bags (rice bags) to ALS Minerals laboratory facilities in either Terrace or North Vancouver for processing. Analyses were performed in the ALS Minerals laboratory in Vancouver.  All samples reported in this release were assayed using certified and industry-standard assay techniques for gold, and multi-element geochemical packages for other elements and for over-limits. Au was analyzed by 30 to 50 gram fire assay with an atomic absorption finish, and other elements were analyzed by multi-element ICP, following multi-acid digestion.

Charles J. Greig, P. Geo., a member of the Company’s Advisory Team, is a Qualified Person under the definition of National Instrument 43-101.  Mr. Greig has reviewed and approved the technical information in this press release.

 About Eskay Mining Corp:

 Eskay Mining Corp (TSX-V:ESK) is a TSX Venture Exchange listed company, headquartered in Toronto, Ontario.  Eskay is an exploration company focused on the exploration and development of precious and base metals in British Columbia in a highly prolific, poly metallic area known as the Eskay Rift Belt located in the “Golden Triangle”, 70km northwest of Stewart, BC.  The Company currently holds mineral tenures in this area comprised of 177 claims (130,000 acres). 

All material information on the Company may be found on its website at www.eskaymining.com and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

 For further information, please contact:

 Mac Balkam                                                                                                                            T: 416 907 4020

President & Chief Executive Officer                                                                        E:  macbalkam@aol.com

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