The Ktunaxa Nation went to BC Supreme Court today to argue that the spiritual values of Qat’muk (Jumbo Valley) should trump the developer’s plans for a $450 million resort. Read the article in the Vancouver Sun.

The case is expected to take up to two weeks, as the Ktunaxa Nation’s legal counsel presents evidence of the strong spiritual ties between the Ktunaxa and the home of the grizzly spirit. 

Lawyer Peter Grant, who is representing the Ktunaxa Nation, said the province’s decision violates the religious rights of a band that has already suffered years of cultural persecution through native residential schools.

“This is a place where we have to say no. This dispossession of the culture of the Ktunaxa has to stop here,” he said.

For more updates as the case progresses, check out our Jumbo wild twitter feed