The fight for Jumbo was always about more than just stopping a ski resort.
The stage was set when Patagonia joined the Jumbo Wild campaign: we were up against Glacier Resorts Ltd., and were looking for more partners to stand with us.
“There was no shortage of passion. But there was an increasing sense of frustration – we’d been fighting for so long, and yet the resort kept moving forward," recalls Robyn Duncan, executive director of Wildsight.
It feels like deja vu.
A developer wants to build a massive ski resort in our mountains with a backcountry village and year-round recreation. The 55 square kilometre development would be right in the middle of important grizzly bear habitat and would cut off important routes for bears, wolverines and other creatures to roam.
Say no to the Zincton ski resort in the central Selkirk Mountains today!
The first time Meredith Hamstead saw Jumbo was during a heliski trip, alongside the very man hell-bent on building a ski resort on its sacred slopes.
“It was bluebird skies and deep powder skiing. Perfection,” Meredith recalls. “I was in the middle of our group’s lunch break having this thought: ‘This place is perfect whether or not we are here to experience it – it is not here for me, but for itself’…"
If you have been involved on the ground with the Jumbo Wild campaign, you likely know Jim Galloway. His name is synonymous with Jumbo Wild. He has been an active member since its early days. We caught up with Jim recently to hear his reflections on the 30-year battle to keep Jumbo wild.
“We are creating a legacy for our collective future”Kathryn Teneese, Ktunaxa Nation Council chair
Long before the threat of development covered a swath of wilderness in the Purcells with a dark cloud and led to years of rallies, protests, and court cases, the Ktunaxa people were here in the Kootenays. Before settlers moved in, the Ktunaxa people were here. For thousands of years, the Ktunaxa have lived in the Kootenays and known Qat’muk, the land of the Grizzly Bear Spirit, as a sacred place.
Kathryn Teneese is the Chair of the Ktunaxa Nation Council. She sat ...
After nearly 30 years of fighting for grizzly bears, of fighting for Ktunaxa rights, and of fighting for wild places, Jumbo Glacier Resort is finally dead. Today is the day we can finally say: Jumbo will stay wild.
Now and forever, Qat’muk will be safe in a special Indigenous protected area, declared today by the Ktunaxa Nation with the support of our federal and provincial governments.
From the earliest marches through the streets of Invermere and protest camps in the Purcell Mountains, to the thousands who signed petitions and proudly placed Jumbo Wild Forever ...
Update: From now until the end of the year, one of our generous donors has offered to match your donations, up to $5000. That means that your gift to protect grizzly bears will be doubled!
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I want to thank you for everything you’ve done over the years to keep Jumbo Wild: the petition signatures, bumper stickers, donations, signs, film screenings, letters and support. This fight has always been about coming together as a community - and it’s because of you that the fight is being won.
But we still need your help. Will you give $30 ...
KIMBERLEY, August 29, 2019
There is welcome news in the long plight of the Jumbo Valley.
The Ktunaxa Nation Council has received approval from Environment and Climate Change Canada for funding to develop an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area, up to 211,045 hectares, in the Qat’muk area of the central Purcell Mountain range.
“After nearly 30 years of determined efforts to keep Jumbo wild by the Ktunaxa Nation and people from across the Kootenays—and around the world—we can celebrate this major step toward legal recognition of Qat’muk,” shares ...
In our last update on Jumbo we told you we were going back to court. Now we are thrilled to share with you a big win for Jumbo Valley!
In short: After years of court cases and appeals, the B.C. Court of Appeal ruled that Glacier Resort’s environmental certificate has expired and they cannot proceed with construction.
Read more on the decision in our joint press release with the Jumbo Creek Conservation Society and the Court of Appeal decision.
While Glacier Resort does still have options, they are extremely unlikely to be successful. They could seek to appeal ...