VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 30, 2012) - For almost 20 years the Ktunaxa (TOO-NA HA) have said no to Jumbo Glacier Resort, and it appears they will have to do it yet again. Today, the Ktunaxa Nation filed an application for judicial review of the resort's approval in BC Supreme Court.
The controversial ski resort is proposed in the heart of an area Ktunaxa call Qat'muk (GOT-MOOK). For Ktunaxa, Qat'muk is where the Grizzly Bear Spirit was born, goes to heal itself, and returns to the spirit world. The Grizzly Bear Spirit is a unique and indispensable source of collective and individual guidance, strength, and protection for Ktunaxa. Qat'muk's importance for the Grizzly Bear Spirit is interwoven with the living grizzly bears of today, and into the future.
"Jumbo Resort, if built, will forever destroy the connection Ktunaxa have with Qat'muk," said Kathryn Teneese, Ktunaxa Nation Chair. "It will sever this special and significant relationship that we have developed with that land for countless generations."
"Ktunaxa have been the victim of residential schools, and attempts to systematically destroy our culture and heritage. We had to hide our language, culture and spiritual beliefs away, simply in order to save them. We have kept our most precious beliefs a secret, in accordance with our laws and in order to protect and preserve them for future generations of Ktunaxa."
"Now, after overcoming these incredible adversities, working to develop our nation, and getting to a place where we are starting to see some real successes, we are faced with the reality that the BC Government is once again trying to destroy something vital to who we are as a people."
"I can tell you with all my conviction, that Ktunaxa will never allow themselves to be damaged as a people, ever again. Nobody has the right to take away what is rightfully ours. The fight to save Qat'muk is far from over, and it's long overdue that we start asking harder questions of the BC Government, and challenge their process."
To mark the filing, the Ktunaxa Nation held two simultaneous events. The first was a large public rally in Cranbrook BC, where the legal proceedings are likely to take place. The second was a smaller and more stoic event at the BC Law Courts, prior to the filing of the application for judicial review.
The Ktunaxa welcome contributions to the legal costs through their web site www.beforejumbo.com.
Ktunaxa people have lived in the lands adjacent to the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers and the Arrow Lakes of British Columbia, Canada for more than 10,000 years.
Today, the Ktunaxa are a thriving people who are revitalizing their language and culture throughout their Territory. The Ktunaxa Nation is actively working towards a model of self-governance, and continue to build cooperative and positive relationships with regional, provincial, and federal governments.
For more information on the Ktunaxa visit: www.ktunaxa.org