Community groups and local First Nations have been fighting to keep the Jumbo Valley wild for more than two decades. But in spite of fierce opposition on the ground, the Government of British Columbia has pulled out all the stops to enable the development of the proposed Jumbo Glacier ski resort.
The resort would significantly and irrevocably impact the local environment which is an area sacred to the Ktunaxa people, known as Qat’muk — home of the Grizzly Bear Spirit.
The Ktunaxa Nation will be taking their fight to protect Qat’muk to the Supreme Court of Canada this winter.
Ecojustice lawyers will be working on behalf of Amnesty International Canada — interveners in the Ktunaxa Nation’s case — to present valuable insight to ensure Indigenous spiritual beliefs tied to sacred sites are respected and accorded the same level of protection from state interference as other western religious beliefs.
Why is Ecojustice involved?
Through previous involvement at the Supreme Court level, we know that the perspectives of interveners can contribute to powerful legal precedents that protect people and the planet.
Our efforts, on behalf of Amnesty International Canada, will work to draw the Court’s attention to decisions from domestic and international courts around the world that have recognized the human rights implications of environmental decision-making, specifically with respect to the need for governments to protect Indigenous place-based spiritual traditions.
What will a victory mean?
A win in this case will see that Qat’muk is protected from development.