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Spod Lithium Receives $200,000 Grant From Ontario Junior

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 20, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SPOD LITHIUM CORP. (“SPOD” or the “Company”) (CSE: SPOD) (OTCQB: SPODF) is pleased to announce that it has been selected to receive a $200,000 Ontario Junior Exploration Program (“OJEP“) grant from the Government of Ontario to support its exploration efforts on its North Nipigon -Niemi Project in the Georgia Lake Pegmatite field (the “Project“). SPOD is earning a 100% interest in the Niemi Block, which is adjacent to Imagine Lithium’s Jackpot Project and owns 100% interest in the North Nipigon Block A, B and C that border the east side of Rock Teck Lithium’s Nama Creek Deposit.

The project was selected for the grant under OJEP’s critical mineral stream, which is aimed at facilitating the exploration of critical minerals within Ontario. Pursuant to the OJEP grant, SPOD Lithium Corp. can receive up to $200,000 to cover 50% of certain eligible exploration costs on the Project. An exploration program including geological mapping and litho-geochemical sampling was conducted during the 2023 field season that identified four areas for priority work in the 2024 field season.

“Early exploration projects being undertaken by companies such as SPOD Lithium Corp. are vital to tapping into the potential of the critical minerals in the north,” said George Pirie, Minister of Mines. “Through OJEP, our government is creating the conditions to ensure the continued success of the mining industry in order to keep Ontario’s mines running for generations to come.”

Chris Cooper, Spod Lithium’s CEO commented, “Spod Lithium would like to acknowledge the Government of Ontario for its financial support which has allowed the Company to expand on its North Nipigon-Niemi mineralized area where we have recently had success sampling 1.507% Li2O in our latest exploration program. The receipt of the grant funding demonstrates Ontario’s commitment to developing a critical minerals strategy with the junior mining sector.”

The OJEP funding has contributed to evaluating historical occurrences on the project, including the Niemi occurrence (MDI42E05SW00017) which is slated for bedrock stripping and channel sampling in the 2024 field exploration season. During the 2023 field season, Spod Lithium made its own discovery of a spodumene bearing pegmatite boulder on the south shore of Jean Lake, in the north-central portion of Block B that returned 1.28% Li2O (Figure 1). A summary of assay highlights from the 2023 field season is included in Table 1.

Figure 1 North Nipigon – Niemi Project with Rock Tech and Imagine Lithium’s developing deposits.

Table 1 Assay highlights from the 2023 Field Season

Sample Li (ppm) Li2O (%) Block
475539 7000 1.507 Niemi
475550 4020 0.866 Block A
475551 1920 0.413 Block A
475577 2500 0.538 Block A
475651 4440 0.956 Block A
477112 5930 1.277 Block B

An aggressive geological mapping and prospecting program is planned for the 2024 field exploration season, targeting the central and northwest portion of Block B, and the western portion of Block A. Follow-up mapping in the Parole Lake area and a soil sampling program will be completed in the eastern portion of Block A to continue to explore for Foster-Lew type pegmatite mineralization on the property. SPOD has received bedrock stripping permits for the Niemi Block and Block A, with a stripping program scheduled to begin in late May on the Niemi Pegmatite (Figure 1).

Qualified Person

Jason Arnold, P.Geo., President of DCX Geological Consulting and an independent Qualified Person as such term is defined by National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects, has reviewed and approved the geological information reported in this news release. The Qualified Person has not completed sufficient work to verify the historic information on the Property and in the vicinity, particularly regarding historical drill results, historical mine production and historical grab samples.  However, the Qualified Person believes that these results were completed to industry standard practices. The information provides an indication of the exploration potential of the Property but may not be representative of expected results. Also, mineralization hosted on adjacent and/or nearby properties, particularly with respect to neighbouring mineral resources, is not necessarily indicative of mineralization hosted on the Company’s property.   

About Spod Lithium Corp.

Spod Lithium Corp. is a mineral exploration company focused on the acquisition and development of mineral properties containing battery, base, and precious metals. The Company’s flagship assets are its Lithium properties located in the James Bay region of Quebec and the Nipigon and Niemi region of Ontario, Canada. For further information, please refer to the Company’s disclosure record on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) or contact the Company through its website at www.spodlithiumcorp.com.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors
Chris Cooper
Chief Executive Officer

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