This past weekend I had the honour of participating in the Ktunaxa Nation Council’s Qat ‘muk announcement in Cranbrook. After thirty years of resistance to development in the Purcell mountains, I am so very happy to say, JUMBO IS WILD!
This is an amazing milestone for the Kootenays and I wanted to share with you some of my favourite moments from this wonderful celebration.
Thanks to a collaboration between Ktunaxa Nation Council (KNC), the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia and the Nature Conservancy of Canada, development rights in the Jumbo Valley have been fully and permanently extinguished. Public and private funding has enabled the buyout of all tenures and interests held by Glacier Resorts Ltd. The KNC is working towards the creation of an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area (IPCA). It will serve to protect both cultural values and biological diversity in part of the Central Purcell Mountains for all time.
More information on this historic announcement is here: https://www.keepitwild.ca/jumbowildforever/
I want to extend heartfelt gratitude to the Kootenay people who, over the last three decades, have contributed their strength, courage, and tenacity to keep Jumbo wild. Congratulations to all. We did it!