36. (1) Any officer of the Department, and any assistant of such officer, who discovers valuable minerals on lands wherein the mining rights belong to the Crown, must stake a claim or claims for the benefit of the Crown, and may do such staking without being the holder of a prospector’s licence.
(2) The Minister may require any officer of the Department to stake for the Crown any land on which the Crown holds mineral rights, and, notwithstanding the delays fixed in section 30, any land which has been the object of a lapsed or abandoned claim.
(3) Such staking must be done in the manner required by this act, but instead of bearing the number of a prospector’s licence, the stakes must bear the inscription “for the Crown”.
(4) Claims staked for the Crown shall remain in force at the discretion of the Minister, who may operate them or dispose of them for such prices and upon such conditions as may be fixed by the Government.