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 more than a quarter century, 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.