Wescan-Santoy Joint Venture Reports Uranium Exploration Results- Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan

    Stock Symbol: WGF: TSX-VEN

    SASKATOON, March 14 /CNW/ - Wescan Goldfields Inc. (TSX Venture Exchange
- WGF) and its 50:50 joint venture partner, Santoy Resources Ltd. (TSX Venture
Exchange - SAN) are pleased to report the progress of their uranium
exploration on six joint venture project areas in Saskatchewan. Santoy is the
operator of this joint venture.
    Five of the areas are within the Athabasca Basin and have been flown with
high resolution electromagnetic and magnetic surveys. Final interpretive
results are in hand for four of these project areas. The interpretations have
been prepared by Roman Tykajlo, P.Geo., a qualified person as defined under NI
43-101. All the prospecting permits have come to their two year term and the
favorable areas based on geophysical surveys and historical exploration
results have been protected by staking of claims. The total property package
has been reduced by a net 24,746 ha. Selected maps illustrating the
geophysical results will be posted on the respective websites for each of the

    Prospecting Permit 1213 has been converted to claims S-110434 to S-110346
contiguous with a prior existing claim, S-108622. Two additional claims
(S-110453 and S-110454) have been staked to the north. The property is
situated in the Black Lake area on the northeast edge of the Athabasca Basin.
The western boundary of the property covers the Black Lake fault zone, a major
northeast-trending tectonic element. The historic Nisto Uranium mine, an
unconformity style deposit, is situated immediately west of the property. The
property was investigated using a helicopter-borne time-domain Versatile
Electromagnetic (VTEM) and magnetic system operated by Geotech Ltd.
    Two zones of potential graphitic meta-pelites in basement are outlined
from magnetic data along with two northwest-trending faults cross-cutting
basement stratigraphy as well as one northeast-trending fault parallel with
basement stratigraphy.
    Modeling of pronounced magnetic features supports an interpretation of a
significant down drop to the east side of the Black Bay fault with potentially
200 metres or more of movement resulting in the preservation of significant
thickness of Athabasca Formation and the unconformity.
    These favorable settings are the focus of exploration by JNR Resources
and UEX Corp. to the south. On this basis, the northern extension of this
favorable setting was recently acquired by the joint venture.

    The geologically favorable portions of Prospecting Permit 1217 have been
converted to claims S-110447 to S-110449 totaling 16,597 ha. The property is
situated on the south shore of Lake Athabasca immediately east of the
Alberta-Saskatchewan boundary. The property was covered by a MEGATEM
electromagnetic and magnetic survey system operated by Fugro Airborne Surveys
Corp. Depth to basement appears to be in the order of 500 to 900 metres based
on magnetic interpretations and drilling on the Alberta side. Aeromagnetic
responses over the property are broad and generally unsuitable for detailed
depth calculations.
    The interpretation by Fugro highlighted a potentially significant,
structurally controlled trend in the decay-constant (Tau) data. These features
may result from clay alteration that could in turn be related to a
mineralizing event.
    Further processing of geophysical data and a surface sampling program to
establish the presence of clay alteration has been recommended.

    The geologically favorable portions of Prospecting Permits 1210 and 1211
have been converted to claims S-110431 to S-110433 and are contiguous with
claims S-108600, S-108601 and S-108621. The project is situated in the north
central portion of the Athabasca Basin, immediately south of Engler Lake.
    The project was covered by a MEGATEM electromagnetic and magnetic survey
operated by Fugro. Modeling suggests a depth to basement over the project area
in the 700 to 900 metre range. However, no drill holes to basement are
available in the immediate area to confirm this interpretation. The
geophysical surveys identified two sub-parallel north to northeast-trending
structures passing through the eastern portion of the project area. These
structures are also evident on Landsat images and from the Extech IV research
program information. No associated anomalous electromagnetic response was
    Follow-up programs are recommended focusing on structural mapping and
clay alteration studies on any outcrops or boulders near or at structural

    The Pattyson Lake property of Prospecting Permits 1214 and 1215, have
been converted to claims S-110437 to S-110446. The property is situated within
the northeast sector of the Basin where the Athabasca Fm. is underlain by
basement rocks of the Mudjatic Domain, locally comprised of Aphebian age
meta-pelites and Archaen age granitoids. Public records indicate two historic
drill holes in the eastern sector of the project area. The property was
covered by a MEGATEM electromagnetic and magnetic survey.
    Interpretation by Fugro includes the following comments: i) the area was
noted to be highly resistive, showing almost no conductive response from
surface material; and ii) a few weak conductive trends were noted in the
OFF-time signal. Further processing alternatives for the data have been
recommended by Fugro. A final interpretation by Roman Tykajlo is pending.
    The aero-magnetic data suggests the presence of a number of splays of the
Tabbernor fault system as well as cross-cutting east-west structures.

    This property consists of one claim, S-108623, situated immediately west
of Richards Lake. It was flown with a MEGATEM electromagnetic and magnetic
survey. Radioactive phosphatic boulders are reported to the east of Richards
Lake. These may have been derived from the Wolverine Formation.
    This survey defined a wide, complex, east-northeast/west-southwest
structural corridor transecting the center of the project. It separates a
magnetic-high to the north from potentially graphitic lithology to the south
and forms a favourable target for uranium exploration. Depth to basement based
on magnetic processing supports a 600 to 700 metre interpretation.
    Recommendations for follow-up include further processing of the
geophysical data and lithogeochemical sampling to investigate clay alteration
patterns, especially those associated with the geophysical features. A summer
field program of sampling and mapping structural features is planned.
Contingent upon obtained geochemical results, ground geophysical surveys will
also be considered.

    Prospecting Permit 1218 has been converted to claims S-110428 to S-110430
covering the most favorable geological trends. The property is situated
approximately 30 km. south of the Athabasca unconformity and covers the
boundary between the Wollaston and Mudjatic Domains.
    Historical exploration by Getty Minerals, Scurry Rainbow Oil and Gas and
Brascan located numerous uranium occurrences in bedrock and as mineralized
boulders. Many of these are associated with key indicator elements including
cobalt, nickel and molybdenum.
    Recent exploration to the south by Forum Resources has been successful in
locating new uranium occurrences of significance on trend. Exploration further
to the north by Denison Mines is being directed at the same graphitic
conductor trends.
    The joint venture is planning a drill investigation of the better
historical targets and on trends identified by our neighbors.

    An exploration budget in the order of $2,000,000 is anticipated by the
joint venture for the coming year. Diamond drilling is anticipated on the Fir
Island and Karpinka Lake projects during the current season. The Athabasca
Basin properties will all be subjected to surface sampling programs that will
focus on geophysical targets and structural features. Lithogeochemical samples
(outcrop and angular boulders) will be collected and processed for clay
alteration studies. A review of the available deep penetrating ground
geophysical procedures will be reviewed for suitability to these projects.
Line cutting and ground geophysics will be undertaken at the earliest
convenience to assist in prioritizing drill targets.
    This news release has been reviewed by Mr. J. R. Allan, P.Geol., a
Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.

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exploration, development and mining activities and commitments. Although
management considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on information
currently available to it, they may prove to be incorrect.
    By their very nature, forward-looking statements involve inherent risks
and uncertainties, both general and specific, and risks exist that
predictions, forecasts, projections and other forward-looking statements will
not be achieved. We caution readers not to place undue reliance on these
statements as a number of important factors could cause the actual results to
differ materially from the beliefs, plans, objectives, expectations,
anticipations, estimates and intentions expressed in such forward-looking
statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, developments in
world gold markets, risks relating to fluctuations in the Canadian dollar and
other currencies relative to the US dollar, changes in exploration,
development or mining plans due to exploration results and changing budget
priorities of Wescan or its joint venture partners; the effects of competition
in the markets in which Wescan operates; the impact of changes in the laws and
regulations regulating mining exploration and development; judicial or
regulatory judgments and legal proceedings; operational and infrastructure
risks and the additional risks described in Wescan's most recently filed
annual and interim MD&A and Wescan's anticipation of and success in managing
the foregoing risks.
    Wescan cautions that the foregoing list of factors that may affect future
results is not exhaustive. When relying on our forward-looking statements to
make decisions with respect to Wescan, investors and others should carefully
consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and potential events.
Wescan does not undertake to update any forward-looking statement, whether
written or oral, that may be made from time to time by Wescan or on our

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For further information: Darren Anderson, Investor Relations, Suite 600,
224 - 4th Avenue South, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada S7K 5M5, Tel: (306)
664-2422, Fax: (306) 667-3557, Website: www.wescangoldfields.com

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