Ktunaxa Nation Council

Ktunaxa Nation Council

November 14, 2011 09:00 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY: Scott Niedermayer Joins Ktunaxa Nation in Call for Province to Prevent a Jumbo Mistake

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 14, 2011) -

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Scott Niedermayer, one of the most accomplished hockey players of all time, is throwing his support behind the Ktunaxa Nation in their opposition of a resort in the Jumbo Valley, or Qat'muk (GOT-MOOK) as it is known to Ktunaxa.

Scott Niedermayer will join the leadership of the Ktunaxa Nation Council at the Provincial Legislature to renew the call for the B.C. Government to 'Prevent a Jumbo Mistake'.

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 Scott Niedermayer, 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

Scott Niedermayer has won every major hockey championship in his career, including the Memorial Cup, World Junior gold, four Stanley Cups, and two Olympic Gold medals, the most recent as captain of Team Canada at the Vancouver 2010 Games.

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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