Ktunaxa Nation Council

Ktunaxa Nation Council

November 11, 2011 18:38 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY: Ktunaxa Nation Hold Media Event to Renew Call for BC Government to Prevent a Jumbo Mistake

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 11, 2011) - The Ktunaxa Nation Council will be at the B.C. Legislature renewing the call for the B.C. Government to 'prevent a Jumbo Mistake' by saying no to a controversial resort development in the Jumbo Valley, or Qat'muk (GOT-MOOK) as it is known to Ktunaxa.

The media event will take place on the one year anniversary of the Qat'muk Declaration first being delivered to the BC Government. The event will have speakers from Ktunaxa Leadership, Official Opposition, and one of the most well-known and accomplished Canadian athletes of our time.

Date: Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PST
Location: B.C. Legislature Building - Hemlock Room

The Ktunaxa Nation has never extinguished their Aboriginal Title within their Traditional Territory, and government has a legal obligation to consult about and accommodate impacts upon Ktunaxa interests.

The Ktunaxa, have lived in their territory since time immemorial and have a deep spiritual connection to the animal world and, in particular, to the grizzly bear. Qat'muk is a very special place where the Grizzly Bear Spirit was born, goes to heal itself, and returns to the spirit world. The Grizzly Bear Spirit is an important source of guidance, strength, protection and spirituality for the Ktunaxa. Qat'muk's importance for the Grizzly Bear Spirit is inextricably interlinked with its importance for living grizzly bears now and in the future. The Ktunaxa have a stewardship obligation and duty to the Grizzly Bear Spirit and Qat'muk.

The Ktunaxa Nation is not opposed to development, but want to ensure that any development within their territory happens in a manner that is consistent with Ktunaxa values and principles. The Ktunaxa Nation has continuously opposed the development of the proposed Jumbo Glacier resort due to its impacts on Ktunaxa rights and interests, and have outlined appropriate use of this area in the Qat'muk Declaration.

You can learn more about the Qat'muk Declaration by visiting: www.beforejumbo.com.

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