On March 20, 2012, the BC Government approved Jumbo Glacier Resort in the heart of Qat’muk, threatening critical grizzly bear habitat, and ignoring the sacred value of the area to the Ktunaxa.
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For Immediate Release
March 17, 2016
Ktunaxa Nation Pleased with Supreme Court of Canada Ruling
Cranbrook/ʔa·kisk̓ aqǂiʔit – The Supreme Court of Canada announced today that it will hear the Ktunaxa Nation’s appeal to set aside the August 6, 2015 B.C. Court of Appealdecision that found B.C.’s approval of a Master Development Agreement for the resort in an area known as Qat’muk did not violate the Ktunaxa’s Charter right to freedom of religion, saw no problem with B.C.’s failure to even consider that right, and determined that B.C.’s consultation with the Ktunaxa regarding their constitutionally protected Aboriginal rights was reasonable.
“We are pleased with today’s ruling from the Supreme Court,” said Kathryn Teneese, Ktunaxa Nation Council Chair. “Our right to freedom of religion should not be held in less regard than that of other Canadians. We are confident that the Supreme Court of Canada will agree that Ktunaxa beliefs and practices are vital to who we are and must be taken into account by statutory decision makers. This fight is not just for the Ktunaxa, but every Canadian who values the Charter of Rights and Freedoms as an integral part of this society.”
“Articles 11 and 25 of The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples address the rights of Indigenous people worldwide to practise, revitalize and maintain their distinctive spiritual relationships with their traditionally owned or occupied territories,” continued Teneese. “It is my hope the Supreme Court of Canada is cognisant of the impact this case may have on Indigenous people not just in Canada, but worldwide.”
The application for leave to appeal was granted with costs. No hearing date has been set.
Qat’muk is where the Grizzly Bear Spirit was born, goes to heal itself, and returns to the spirit world. For Ktunaxa, Grizzly Bear Spirit is a unique and indispensable source of collective as well as individual guidance, strength, and protection, and a necessary part of many Ktunaxa spiritual practices and beliefs. Qat’muk’s spiritual importance is deeply connected to its biological significance for living grizzly bears now and in the future.
For Immediate Release
May 26th, 2015
Ktunaxa Nation calls for religious freedoms to be upheld
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – The Ktunaxa Nation is headed to the British Columbia Court of Appeal in its effort to protect Ktunaxa freedom of religion guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and protected by Section 35 of the Constitution of Canada.
The Ktunaxa Nation is appealing the April 3, 2014 Supreme Court of British Columbia decision that found building a large ski resort in a sacred area known as Qat’muk would not interfere with Ktunaxa spiritual beliefs and practices. The Ktunaxa have consistently said otherwise.
The media event will take place on the steps of the Court of Appeal building. A delegation of Ktunaxa Nation representatives, including elected leadership, will gather on the steps of the Court of Appeal prior to the hearing to speak on the importance of this case and its potential impact on all Canadians.
Media is invited.
Date: Friday, May 29th, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. PST
Location: Steps of the B.C. Court of Appeal Building (Smithe St. & Hornby St.)
The Ktunaxa Nation has never extinguished Aboriginal Title within their 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 and Ktunaxa spiritual beliefs and practices now and in the future.
You can learn more about the Qat’muk by visiting: www.qatmuk.com
For Further Information Contact:
Special Projects Coordinator
Ktunaxa Nation Council
“Please join us this Saturday, October 4 for a peaceful rally to oppose construction in the Jumbo Valley.”
“9am – (people will begin arriving at 8am)
Qat’muk Jumbo-Toby Confluence (Mineral King Mine)”
“Many of the commitments made by Glacier Resorts to receive their Environmental Certificate have not been satisfied, including studies to protect grizzly bears and studies to show there is enough groundwater.”
“It is unbelievable that our government is allowing construction to start before the Environmental Certificate conditions have all been satisfied.”
“We do not advocate civil disobedience – this will be a peaceful rally.”
PLEASE NOTE – This is provided for informational purposes only. This is not a Ktunaxa Nation Council-led demonstration, however, Ktunaxa citizens are welcome to participate.