The BC resort we all thought was dead in the water might be undergoing a Renaissance of sorts thanks to a Supreme Court of Canada ruling that flies in the face of first-nation as well as environmental representatives.
The proposal for Jumbo Glacier Resort, the same one Patagonia documented as an affront to its natural surroundings, was recently approved by the high court in a landmark 7-2 decision. According to CBC News, The case considered an appeal which said claimed resort developers had no right to develop an area which the Ktunaxa Nation considers holy. Ktunaxa reps said the move qualified as a breach of their right to “freedom of religion.”
The Ktunaxa Nation believes that if any development occurs, the Grizzly Bear Spirit will leave the region.
Over the last decade, the development in question fumbled on multiple occasions including letting its environmental certificate expire just last year. If the resort’s developers wish to succeed, they must now begin the certification process from the beginning.
As the Oberti family moves to start a similar 4-season resort in Valemount, BC, we’re unsure whether they wish to still execute on Jumbo or simply put their resources towards the new project.
Find the entire CBC News article here: Supreme Court ruling paves way for development of massive ski resort on sacred First Nation land