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Supreme Court ruling removes barrier for developing year-round ski resort on sacred First Nation land


A landmark 7-2 decision released Thursday by Canada’s top court paves the way for development of the Jumbo Glacier resort in the Kootenays region of British Columbia, despite strong objections from the Ktunaxa Nation. (Jumbo Glacier Resort)

Proposed project in B.C. pits Indigenous religious rights against public interest in Crown land

By Kathleen Harris, CBC News, Nov 2, 2017

Building a massive ski resort on B.C. land considered sacred to a First Nation does not breach religious rights, the Supreme Court of Canada says in a decision released Thursday. Read the rest of this entry

Supreme Court to rule in B.C. case involving Indigenous spirituality and ski resort proposal

Jumbo glacier purcell mountains

Jumbo glacier in the Purcell Mountains of south eastern BC, site of proposed ski resort.

Canadian Press, November 1, 2017

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada is due to release a decision Thursday in a case that hinges on freedom of religion and how Indigenous spirituality should be protected under the Charter of Rights. Read the rest of this entry

Environmentalists, First Nations protest proposed B.C. ski resort‏

By Eva Ferguson, Postmedia News, April 22, 2012

Environmentalists protest proposed Jumbo Glacier Ski Resort.

INVERMERE, B.C. — Environmentalists, First Nations people, politicians and local celebrities are combining efforts to continue the passionate battle against approval of Jumbo Glacier Ski Resort near this vacation community southwest of Calgary.

Last month, B.C.’s Liberal government approved a controversial $1-billion ski resort development that has divided the community between those who want a boon to business and others who fear destruction of the wilderness and grizzly bear habitat.

Environmentalists with Wildsight, a local advocacy group based in Kimberley, B.C., with efforts focused on protecting the Columbia Mountains, the southern Rockies and the Upper Columbia River Valley, are voicing their continued opposition by lobbying developers now visiting the site. Read the rest of this entry

Government approves controversial Jumbo Glacier Ski resort in B.C. Interior

By Terri Theodore, The Winnipeg Free Press, THE CANADIAN PRESS, Thursday, March 22, 2012

Jumbo glacier in the Purcell Mountains, site of proposed ski resort.

VANCOUVER – The British Columbia government has cleared the way for a controversial ski resort in the province’s Purcell Mountains, where local First Nations say grizzly bears dance.

The Jumbo Glacier Ski Resort, a 104-hectare, year-round development, has been in the works for 22 years, and has faced fierce opposition from the Ktunaxa First Nation and environmentalists at every step along the way. Read the rest of this entry