I Love Jumbo Wild: Douglas Noblet

Douglas Noblet is the photographer behind Wild Air Photography. His images combine three of his major passions: mountains, flying and photography. Often flying solo, Douglas captures his images while piloting his Cessna 172. He lives in Nelson, BC in a tiny house and spends much of his time in the wild Purcells ski touring, mountaineering, rafting and climbing. Douglas’ images have been used for many years to help support the #JumboWild campaign. I recently sat down to chat with Douglas about what motivates him. Robyn Duncan: You grew up in Nelson. When did you ...

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On June 25th, Jumbo will be back in court. And we’re going too.

In 2015, then Environment Minister Mary Polak canceled the Jumbo Glacier Resort’s Environmental Certificate. In BC, developers must substantially start their project within five years (renewable one time only) or else they lose the certificate. Minister Polak determined that after 10 years Glacier Resorts had not substantially started the Jumbo Glacier Resort, effectively rendering the environmental certificate expired. Glacier Resorts Ltd challenged this decision and this week (June 25-28), they'll be before the court in Glacier Resorts Ltd. vs. the BC Minister of ...

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JGMRM holding annual meeting for municipality with no residents

The Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality (JGMRM) is BC’s only town with no people and an appointed mayor and council. On June 19, the JGMRM will present its 2018 annual report at a public meeting. Controversy has surrounded the JGMRM since its inception when the then BC government took the shocking steps to push forward the Jumbo Glacier Resort, amending the Local Government Act to allow the creation of a town with no people, appointed a mayor and council to govern over the new town, and funded it through taxpayer dollars. Protests have accompanied multiple ...

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Jumbo is going back to court

On June 25th, Jumbo will be back in court. Glacier Resorts, the company who dreamed up the now legendary large-scale resort proposal for the contested Jumbo Valley will be arguing before the BC Supreme Court that the decision made by former Environment Minister Mary Pollack was, simply put, not fair. In 2015, after Pollack determined that Glacier Resorts had failed to “substantially start” their 5,500-bed ski resort within the 10-year timeline given to them in the environmental assessment process, they were told to immediately stop all construction. Glacier Resorts ...

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Ski Canada Jumbo Article: Get your facts straight

In the winter 2017/18 issue of Ski Canada published an article on the Jumbo Glacier Resort by George Koch, an article that I found to be mis-leading, inaccurate and wholly insensitive towards the state of play and the importance of the Jumbo Valley, both ecologically for grizzly bears and spiritually for the Ktunaxa Nation. Businesses, governments and media outlets all need to be called out and held to account - it is more important than ever that we make informed decisions as citizens and as consumers. You can read the article below. Here is what I wrote: D...

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I Love Jumbo Wild: KL Kivi

You can't get too far in the fight to keep Jumbo Wild before you cross paths with KL Kivi. A fiery, passionate advocate with a heart of gold, KL has a gift with words and a knack for cutting through to the heart of any matter. Based in Nelson and a long-time member of the West Kootenay Coalition for Jumbo Wild, KL's contribution to Jumbo Wild over the decades has been immense. She was one of the pillars of the Farnham and Jumbo Monitoring Camps—when her shift was done, she packed up her bag and hiked back home over Jumbo Pass, dropping into Glacier Creek and Argenta. She ...

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A tough year for Jumbo — let’s make 2018 better

Until the end of the year, a generous donor has stepped up to match your donations (up to $5000). So donate today and your donation of $100 becomes $200! "How we treat our land, how we build upon it, how we act toward our air and water, in the long run, will tell what kind of people we really are." Laurance S. Rockefeller I’m not going to lie: it’s been a tough year for Jumbo. But the thing is, this year has only strengthened our resolve, put more fuel on our fire. Far from discouraging us, the challenges of this past year have inspired us to keep working ...

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Supreme Court Decision: What’s Next?

After years in court, the Ktunaxa Nation suffered their final loss last week in their legal case to stop the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort—but it won’t be the end of their efforts to protect Qat’muk. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled against their appeal, finding that Indigenous spiritual rights connected to a sacred place aren’t protected under our Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It was a sad day for those of us who love Jumbo Wild—and for all Canadians who stand for reconciliation with First Nations. After the ruling, the Ktunaxa called for a legally-defined ...

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I Love Jumbo Wild: Steve Shannon

Next up in our I Love Jumbo Wild Interview Series: Photographer Steve Shannon. Photography has played a key role in the campaign over the last 26 years. Sharing the peaks, glaciers, flowers, wildlife and waters of Qat’muk (the Jumbo area) has allowed us to connect people from around the world to this magical place. Steve Shannon is a photographer based in Revelstoke, who specializes in adventure photography. Born and raised in Warfield, near Trail, BC, Steven has been exploring the Kootenays for his entire life. He is an dedicated Jumbo Wild supporter and has donated ...

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Wildsight disappointed in Supreme Court decision

Wildsight is deeply saddened by the Supreme Court ruling today that fails to recognize Indigenous spiritual rights connected to sacred places in Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We stand with the Ktunaxa Nation in the continued fight to defend their sacred territory from the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort. “Wildsight supports the Ktunaxa Nation’s call for an Indigenous protected area to permanently protect the spiritual and ecological values of Qat’muk,” says Robyn Duncan, Executive Director of Wildsight. “We can’t think of a better end to the 26 ...

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