The Ktunaxa Nation is praising over 61 thousand people who signed a petition to keep Jumbo wild.
Council Chair Kathryn Teneese received the document from Wildsight supporting the Nation’s Qat’muk declaration, calling for permanent environmental and spiritual protection in the Jumbo Valley.
“Your powerful request that the BC government work with us to create a Ktunaxa protected area is in itself an act of reconciliation,” Teneese says.
The declaration was the subject of a Supreme Court of Canada appearance last year, where the Ktunaxa said a proposed ski resort would ruin sacred land practices.
Teneese hopes the support will resonate with the BC government.
“We think we have an opportunity because of this work to move the bar in terms of what might be available to afford protection to special areas in this province,” Teneese says.
Teneese says the declaration has brought together people of all backgrounds in support of keeping Jumbo wild.
“Its demonstrated to us that if we work together, that we can hopefully achieve something and we do have people that share the same concerns as us,” Teneese says. “We are being acknowledged and recognized as Ktunaxa people and having the ability to move forward on some of these important issues.”
Columbia River-Revelstoke NDP MLA Norm Macdonald and Wildsight will table the petition at the BC Legislature Tuesday
– Ktunaxa Nation Council Chair Kathryn Teneese during the petition presentation
– Ktunaxa Nation Council Chair Kathryn Teneese comments on petition’s significance
– Jeff Johnson