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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Join the Jumbo Creek Conservation Society for their Annual General Meeting (AGM), a review of the past year and what's coming up this year. The AGM will be followed by a presentation from Harvey Locke.
Harvey is a conservationist, writer, and photographer and a recognized global leader in the field of parks, wilderness and large landscape conservation. A founder of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative and of the Nature Needs Half Movement, Harvey lives in Banff National Park where he worked for many years on the reintroduction of Plains bison.
In part one of our three part interview series with ʔaq̓am Chief Joe Pierre, Joe spoke about the importance of water, stories and respecting all living things to the Ktunaxa people. In part two, Joe gave us a detailed look at Qat’muk and what this sacred place means to him and the Ktunaxa.
In part 3, Joe details what a sacred space means to him, and what the Supreme court case could mean for Ktunaxa, Qat’muk and indigenous sacred spaces across Canada.
Eddie Petryshen: Do you have anything you’d like to say to the nearly 60,000 people from around the world who ...
Head on over to Kootenay Mountain Culture to read part two of our interview with Ktunaxa storyteller Joe Pierre and then part three here.
In my eyes, Joe Pierre has always been a mountain of a man. He was my basketball coach and I remember his slender 6’6 frame towering over elementary-school hoops and his composed voice echoing through the weathered floors of Amy Woodland Elementary in Cranbrook. So it’s only fitting that we’re back on that same weathered floor for an interview about the fight to protect Qat’muk—to keep Jumbo wild. Joe is a Ktunaxa storyteller, works as an educator with the school district and is the Chief of ʔaq'am (St. Mary’s Band, near Cranbrook).
The conversation we ...
In late 2014, our long-running Jumbo Wild campaign was selected as Patagonia’s environmental spotlight for the coming year. We had no idea that our small, local campaign was under consideration. As the phone call check-ins got more frequent, and as more of the Patagonia team joined the calls, it quickly became clear we were about to become part of something much bigger.
Since being proposed in 1991, The Jumbo Glacier Resort—a year-round ski resort that would occupy 6,000 hectares and access four glaciers in the Jumbo Valley, threatening wildlife and our Purcell ...
Over the lifetime of the Jumbo Wild campaign, there have been many songs written to protest the proposed development, celebrate the wild valley and rally the troops. They've been sung around campfires, made up the soundtrack for road-trips and rally-cried many a protest. And just as the fight to keep Jumbo wild continues on, so too does the muse the cause stirs up.
'Jumbo Wild Wind', written and performed by Montanan Bob Foppiano after being inspired by the valley, is the latest musical torch to join the march. Bob will be donating a portion of sales to support the ...
On March 13th, we presented a petition calling for permanent protection of Jumbo, with 61,526 signatures from around the world, to the transboundary Ktunaxa Nation in support of their Qat’muk Declaration at a ceremony in a packed venue at the Ktunaxa Nation offices, with more than 100 in attendance.
The petition was launched from a partnership between Wildsight and Patagonia, with the feature-length film Jumbo Wild that inspired tens of thousands around the world to stand up for the remote wilderness, critical grizzly bear connectivity habitat and Ktunaxa spirit...