I Love Jumbo Wild: Jim Galloway [Wildsight]

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.

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Treading lightly in Qat’muk: An interview with Kathryn Teneese

“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 ...

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Jumbo Glacier Resort is dead. Jumbo Wild forever!

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 ...

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Because the grizzlies need you

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! Give now and double your impact! 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 ...

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Press Release: Canadian government supports Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area for Jumbo Valley and Qat’muk

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 ...

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A BIG win for Jumbo Valley

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 ...

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Press Release: Jumbo Valley to stay wild

KIMBERLEY, August 6, 2019 After a court decision, Jumbo Glacier Resort no longer has a valid environmental certificate and the resort cannot be built until re-assessed. Wildsight and the Jumbo Creek Conservation Society are celebrating a win for the Jumbo Valley, part of B.C.’s Purcell Mountains, the sacred area of Qat’muk to the Ktunaxa Nation and an important habitat for grizzly bears. Today, the B.C. Court of Appeal ruled that the 2015 decision of the Provincial Minister of Environment—that the project’s environmental assessment certificate was expired ...

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Here we go again…(to court, that is)

Today, we're in court again, represented by Ecojustice. We have been granted intervenor status in the latest appeal in the ongoing court saga of the cancelled Jumbo Environmental Certificate. Are you having deja vu? We don’t blame you. In the summer, we intervened in the Glacier Resorts vs. Minister of Environment case. This time around, it’s the Minister appealing the court decision made in the summer—a decision that sided with the developers. And on and on it goes. For a re-cap of the Environmental Certificate ruling and hearings and appeal, check this ...

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It’s up to us to write this story

We need your help today to fight for the Jumbo Valley. You may have seen the news reports coming out lately about how our world’s wilderness is disappearing at a colossal rate. It’s upsetting, to say the least. Will we protect the wilderness of the Jumbo Valley, for the grizzly bears and for future generations, or will we let a huge ski resort take over this special place in the middle of the Purcell Mountains? Will we keep Jumbo Wild? Something has to change if we want wilderness to continue being part of our world. We need to stand together like we never have ...

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Things are stalled, but they are still moving

Recently, I went to the Jumbo Creek Conservation Society (JCCS) annual meeting in Invermere. Together, we celebrated that the Jumbo Valley has stayed wild for another year. The JCCS has been Wildsight’s main partner in the decades-long campaign to keep Jumbo Wild—and their dedication is unwavering. Over the years, working relationships have changed to friendship and last night as I looked around, I was filled with gratitude for community and for the commitment and passion of people who give so much of their time and energy to stand up for what they believe in. We...

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