Ketza is an abandoned former gold and silver mine located 85 km south of Ross River within the Traditional Territory of the Kaska Nation, including the Ross River Dena Council, Liard First Nation, and Kaska Dena Council and also in the Traditional Territory of the Teslin Tlingit Council.
The Ketza River mine is situated in the Pelly Mountains, and located near the headwaters of the Cache Creek drainage basin connected to the Ketza and Pelly rivers.
The Ketza River mine was an underground and open-pit gold and silver mine that was owned by a number of companies throughout its lifetime, the last being Veris Gold Corp. Exploration activities at the property originally began in 1947 with interest in the property ongoing until 1960. Advanced exploration and production was conducted between 1984 and 1990 with continued exploration occurring throughout the 1990s and 2000s as the site changed owners. During production primarily from 1988 to 1990, more than 340,000 tonnes of ore were processed, producing approximately 3.1 million grams of gold.
In June 2014, Veris Gold Corp. filed for and obtained creditor protection. The mine owner continued to maintain the site and its infrastructure until September 2014. In April 2015, the Ketza River mine site was abandoned and the Government of Yukon took over the responsibility for care and maintenance of the site.
Care and maintenance activities are unique to each abandoned mine site. For further details, visit Ketza River mine site’s care and maintenance page.