Ktunaxa and Qat’muk

In 2010, a delegation of citizens from the Ktunaxa First Nation traveled to the legislature in Victoria to deliver the Qat’muk Declaration. Qat’muk is the Ktunaxa name of the lands that include the area of the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort. It is within the core of the territory of the Ktunaxa Nation and is the home of the grizzly bear spirit. The Declaration outlines the spiritual significance of Qat’muk and is an expression of Ktunaxa sovereignty and stewardship principles. Read the Declaration here.

 Kathryn Teneese, Ktunaxa Nation Chair said,“The Ktunaxa have been opposed to this development for over 20 years. We have tried to explain to provincial ministers and other government representatives that Qat’muk is of profound spiritual and cultural importance to our nation and that the resort will desecrate the area and undermine beliefs and practices at the core of Ktunaxa culture and identity.”

The Ktunaxa Nation currently has a case before the British Columbia Court of Appeals. They are demanding that their charter rights be upheld and their religious freedoms respected.