Westkam Gold Corp. (WKG.V)  has received an underground bulk sample permit from the British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines. The bulk sample permit allows for the extraction of 10,000 tonnes of ore from the company’s Bonaparte project located 50 kilometres northwest of Kamloops, B.C. The permitted design of the bulk sample program includes extension of the existing decline approximately 200 metres through to the Grey Jay/Crow vein systems.

“We’re very happy to take this major step at Bonaparte,” said WestKam president and chief executive officer Matt Wayrynen. “The bulk sample should provide valuable information about metallurgy and also the extent of the high-grade vein system of the discovery zone. Our intent is to add significantly to what we learned in the last two drill programs. With this recent mines approval, the company is permitted to carry out a wide range of exploration programs, including geophysics, trenching, road construction, diamond drilling and now underground bulk sampling.”

In 1994, an open-cut bulk sample totalling 3,700 metric tonnes of mineralized quartz vein material was extracted from the Grey Jay/Crow vein systems. The mineralized quartz vein material was directly shipped to the Cominco smelter located in Trail, B.C., yielding approximately 98 kilograms (3,160 ounces) of gold. The shipped ore graded 26.5 grams per tonne gold.

Technical information in this news release has been reviewed, and the preparation of this news release has been supervised, by R. Kemp, PGeo, a qualified person as that term is defined in National Instrument 43-101.