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At the International NatGold Council, maintaining good governance and a strong reputation is paramount. These principles ensure that we operate with transparency, accountability, and integrity—key to building trust among stakeholders such as industry sponsors, affiliates, partners, government legislators, and the broader community. This trust is essential for fostering collaborations and gaining regulatory and public support.

A strong reputation boosts our credibility and authority, promoting high standards within the NatGold industry. It attracts quality partnerships and encourages participation from key ESG industry players, enhancing our ability to effect positive changes and advocate for sustainable practices. Therefore, robust governance and a solid reputation are vital for advancing our mission to nurture a responsible and prosperous NatGold industry.

FAQs

Why does NatGold only recognize certified gold resources and not certified gold reserves when determining tokenization ratios?2024-04-20T23:34:04+00:00

The essence of NatGold’s valuation lies in its innovative approach to digital mining, which capitalizes on the inherent value of gold’s existence rather than its physical retrievability. This method relies on the assessment of certified gold resources, which quantify the presence of gold irrespective of its extraction feasibility. Conversely, certified gold reserves evaluate the economic viability of extracting these resources, a consideration irrelevant to NatGold’s mission. The International NatGold Council upholds a philosophy that sidesteps the environmentally and financially costly process of physical extraction in favor of a more sustainable, digital approach.

By choosing to tokenize gold based on its certified existence, NatGold challenges the traditional mining paradigm, rendering the debate over extraction viability moot. This shift not only aligns with environmental conservation efforts but also redefines the utility of gold as a store of wealth. It renders the act of extracting gold only to secure it in vaults both illogical and wasteful. Through digital tokenization, NatGold ensures that gold can fulfill its monetary role while remaining undisturbed in the earth, showcasing a practical commitment to ESG principles and making a clear case for the absurdity of conventional extraction methods.

What is a NI 43-101 certified gold resource report?2024-04-20T23:30:24+00:00

A NI 43-101 certified gold resource report is a comprehensive document independently prepared by “Qualified Persons” who serve as auditors of gold resource estimates, adhering to the standards set by the Canadian National Instrument 43-101 (Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects). This regulatory framework ensures that the public disclosure of scientific and technical information about the existence of gold resources is accurate, reliable, and follows consistent standards.

The report provides detailed information on a mineral project’s geology, exploration results, drilling data, and gold resource estimation. Specifically for gold, the report outlines the quantity, grade (quality), and other geological characteristics of the gold deposits within a project. It categorizes the resources into Measured, Indicated, and Inferred resources based on the level of geological certainty of the gold’s existence.

NI 43-101 certified gold resource reports are essential for investors and stakeholders in the mining industry, providing a trusted basis for investment decisions and ensuring transparency and accountability in public disclosures about mineral properties.

Do U.S. Patented Land Claims include both surface and subsurface rights, and can these rights be severed to eliminate property tax obligations? Why is this important for NatGold tokenization?2024-04-21T13:18:45+00:00

U.S. Patented Land Claims typically include both surface and subsurface rights, granting the owner full control over the entire property. However, it is possible for these rights to be severed, meaning that the surface rights and subsurface mineral rights can be owned separately. This process involves legally separating the ownership of the surface land from the mineral rights beneath it.

Once severed, the subsurface mineral rights can be sold, leased, or retained independently of the surface rights. This allows different parties to own and manage these distinct interests separately. Severing rights is a legal process that must comply with state and federal laws, and it often involves formal agreements and registrations to clearly define the split in ownership.

Severing the subsurface rights from the surface rights can be particularly advantageous for several reasons. For one, it allows the owner to retain the valuable subsurface mineral rights while potentially selling or leasing the surface land. More importantly, from a financial perspective, separating these rights can significantly impact the financial obligations associated with the property. In the context of U.S. Patented Land Claims, the only financial obligation typically tied to unified ownership is property taxes, which, though often minimal, still represent a recurring cost.

For tokenization purposes in the NatGold ecosystem, where no ongoing fees are acceptable to avoid devaluation of the NatGold coins from their 100% certified gold resource backing, it is imperative for owners to sever the subsurface rights containing the certified gold resources. By doing so, they effectively separate these rights from the surface rights, thus severing the title from any ongoing property taxes. This separation ensures that the subsurface rights, now free from the burden of property taxes, remain a pure asset backed solely by the certified resources they contain, ideal for use within the NatGold framework.

Do mining claims on U.S. federal lands managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) require the establishment of legislation in conformity with NatGold legislative policies before they can be tokenized in the NatGold ecosystem?2024-04-21T13:20:59+00:00

While U.S. Patented Land Claims offer a clear pathway for tokenization within the NatGold industry, given the presence of certified gold resources, the opportunity to obtain new Patented Land Claims was effectively closed in 1994. That year, the United States Congress enacted a moratorium that significantly restricted the issuance of new mineral patents, although it grandfathered existing claims that had fulfilled all requirements before its enactment.

To develop a truly global NatGold market, there is an urgent need for NatGold legislation that accommodates the digital mining of all certified gold resources. This legislation is critical not only at the federal and state levels in the United States but also internationally, aiming to establish a cohesive, globally recognized standard for the NatGold industry.

What are the distinct roles of the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum (CIM) in relation to NI 43-101 reports?2024-04-20T23:31:01+00:00

The roles of the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum (CIM) in the context of National Instrument 43-101 (NI 43-101) are distinct yet complementary:

1. Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA):

Regulatory Role: The CSA is responsible for regulating securities laws in Canada, including the enforcement of NI 43-101. Its primary function is to ensure compliance with the rules and standards set for the public disclosure of scientific and technical information on mineral projects.

Investor Protection: The CSA aims to protect investors by ensuring that the disclosures about mineral projects are truthful, complete, and comply with the regulations, thus helping investors make informed decisions.

2. Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum (CIM):

Standards Development: The CIM is instrumental in developing the definitions and standards that are incorporated into NI 43-101. They provide the framework and guidelines used to report on mineral resources and reserves.

Expertise and Guidance: CIM offers guidance based on the expertise of professionals in the mining industry. This includes best practices in documentation and reporting that companies must follow to align with NI 43-101 standards.Essentially, while the CIM provides the technical definitions and standards, the CSA enforces these standards within the legal framework of the Canadian securities market, ensuring that all public disclosures meet these established criteria. This system ensures that both the technical accuracy and regulatory compliance are maintained in the reporting of mineral projects.