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Posted: March 9, 2017

Jumbo petition heading to Legislature

Jumbo Wild is March 13 presenting a petition bearing more than 58,000 signatures from around the world, calling on Premier Christy Clark to honour the Ktunaxa Nation’s Qat’muk Declaration by creating permanent protection for the spiritual and ecological values of the Jumbo Valley.

An October 2014 rally at the entry to Jumbo, when cement trucks scheduled to pour the first foundations of the proposed resort had to turn back due to mud. Ian Cobb/e-KNOW file photo

With the Ktunaxa Nation case pending in the Supreme Court of Canada, Jumbo Wild is presenting this petition to the Ktunaxa Nation to point out the “58,000+ people who stand with the Ktunaxa in protecting Qat’muk from the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort,” A Wildsight media advisory noted.

Following this event, taking place at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 13, the petition will be tabled by Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald, along with Wildsight Executive Director Robyn Duncan, in the B.C. Legislature on Tuesday, March 14.

Along with Jumbo Wild and Wildsight members, the event will feature Kathryn Teneese, Ktunaxa Nation Council Chair, as well as leadership of the Ktunaxa Nation (including Ktunaxa Nation Council, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana).

The Jumbo Glacier Resort proposal for the upper Jumbo Creek Valley, 55 km west of Invermere, has been a major land-use issue in the East Kootenay since 1990/’91.

The event is taking place at the Ktunana Nation Offices in downtown Cranbrook (220 Cranbrook St N), in the museum space.

Lead image: One of the first signatories of the petition and a person who gathered many for Jumbo Wild’s petition is Invermere’s Bob Campsall, a staunch opponent of the ski resort proposal dating back to 1991. Ian Cobb/e-KNOW file photo

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