The Brownell Lake properties are located approximately 100km east of the town of La Ronge, Saskatchewan and 110km west of the town of Flin Flon, Manitoba. The target here is a volcanogenic massive copper-zinc sulphide deposit.
In 1958, Canadian Nickel Company Limited (the exploration arm of Inco) carried out a regional airborne magnetic and electromagnetic survey over an area including the Brownell Lake property. Follow-up of anomalous readings obtained in that survey resulted in the discovery of the "main zone". In 1965 and subsequent years, they drilled at least 29 holes into the main zone, over a strike length of 2600 metres. In 1972, Obaska Mines Ltd. drilled six holes on two sections in the eastern part of the conductor. In 1996, Shane carried out diamond drilling on the property. The purpose of the drill program was to confirm some of the results in previous drilling, to test at depth to find out if the grade of mineralization increases with depth, and to obtain core from a wide area of the deposit for geological studies to determine a genetic model for the mineralization.