The Issues

The Jumbo Valley, or Qat’muk in Ktunaxa, is nestled deep in the Purcell Mountains.  A beloved local wilderness area. A place of cultural significance. A passageway for grizzlies to move between habitats, provinces, countries. For over 23 years, local residents, biologists, conservationists, hunters, hikers and the Ktunaxa First Nation have been fighting to keep it wild against the impending threat of a four-season ski resort. The reasons are many: the proposed resort is on sacred land, it’s not economically feasible, it will have a negative community impact, the democratic process surrounding land use planning has been highly flawed and the potential impact to the grizzly bear population in the Purcells and beyond is huge.