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Posted: November 6, 2013

Ktunaxa hosting Qat’muk event

Ktunaxa Nation Council (KNC) chairperson Kathryn Teneese announced today (Nov. 6) that: “We are inviting all interested citizens of the Kootenays, and beyond, to learn about Qat’muk on Friday, November 22 at the Key City Theatre in Cranbrook, starting at 7 p.m.

View from the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort village site, looking south. Ian Cobb/e-KNOW
View from the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort village site, looking south. Ian Cobb/e-KNOW

“Qat’muk and Jumbo do not have the same meaning, and we are creating this opportunity for our neighbours in the Kootenay region to learn more about the true meaning of Qat’muk and why it is of such profound importance to our nation.”

According to Teneese, “We have been trying to protect Qat’muk from the threat of a major, four-season resort and real estate development since we first heard of it in the early 1990s. We appreciate the efforts of many other individuals and organizations to stop the Jumbo Glacier Resort development. It is time for us to tell our story, particularly as we prepare for BC Supreme Court hearings on our application for a judicial review of the BC government’s decision to enter into a Master Development Agreement with the resort developer. The 10 day hearing will commence on Monday, January 6, 2014.”

Event organizer Bertha Andrews said: “Our organizing team is excited about the plans for the event which will include performances by Ktunaxa Nation drummers, dancers and story-tellers as well as video presentations and a presentation by Pat and Baiba Morrow about sacred mountain valleys elsewhere in the world.”

Proceeds from the event will be used to support Ktunaxa Nation efforts to protect the Qat’muk area (the Jumbo Creek drainage west of Invermere). Entrance is by donation at the door with a suggested donation of $15 per person.

Ktunaxa Nation Council

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