Chronology of relations with First Nations in the Jumbo Glacier Resorts review and approval process.

The Proponents’ consultants started working on this project in June 1990 and have met with local First Nations since 1990, originally being introduced to the Shuswap by Bill Lloyd, a consultant based in Invermere. The relationship started with meetings with Chief Paul Sam and his son Dean Martin, who became the Economic Development Officer, as well as meeting several other Band members. The project was discussed, advice sought, and the Chief was kept up to date on the progress of the project.

The first visit to the Shuswap Band’s office in Invermere was on August 5, 1990, with Bill Lloyd, followed by meetings on October 11, 1990 and on March 17, 1991.

Meetings between 1992 and 1995, including at the Ktunaxa Kinbasket Tribal Council’s office at St. Eugene, near Cranbrook, have not been fully reconstructed. There is a time sheet record of a visit on September 22, 1993, also with Bill Lloyd. The relationship with the Shuswap was marked by friendship from the beginning and the entire range of topics regarding the project was discussed on an ongoing basis.

The relationship with the Shuswap was marked by friendship from the beginning and the entire range of topics regarding the project was discussed on an ongoing basis.

  • On August 26, 1994, there was a meeting with Hugh Taylor and a presentation at the Columbia Lake Band (now called Aqisqnuk Band) office. In 1994 the Proponent’s consultants were introduced to a First Nations consultant, Beverly O’Neill, and discussions were held at various times regarding First Nations issues, particularly regarding the Ktunaxa. On February 28, 1995 project representatives met with Beverly O’Neill to discuss the project and First Nations’ interests. During this period of time it became apparent that misleading information regarding the project in terms of size, location, infrastructure and impacts was preceding the project team presentations to the First Nations.
  • Visits were made to the Tribal Council offices in St. Eugene, starting from a meeting on July 19, 1995, with Helder Ponte, Bill Green, Hugh Taylor and others, and making presentations to the Tribal Council.
  • A meeting was held on August 2, 1995 with Dean Martin at the Shuswap Band Office in Invermere. The office of the Columbia Lake (Aqisqnuk Band) was also visited, meeting Chief Alfred Joseph on August 23, 1995.
  • On September 18, 1995, the Proponent’s consultants including Glenn Stewart (a senior biologist of Enkon Environmental Ltd.) and Fernand Beaulac (a civil engineer of the UMA KPA group), met with Chief Paul Sam and with Dean Martin to update the Shuswap on the progress of the Master Plan and the Environmental Assessment Office’s review.
  • On September 20, 1995, there was a meeting with Bill Green, representing the Ktunaxa, and Corky Evans in Nelson, covering both project issues and First Nations concerns.
  • On October 27, 1995 there was a meeting with Dean Martin and the Shuswap Band’s consultants at the Shuswap’s Invermere office. The project was further discussed over the telephone with Bill Green, representing the Ktunaxa, on November 1, 1995.
  • On February 1, 1996 there was a meeting with Dean Martin at the Shuswaps’ office in Invermere and on February 2, 1996, a meeting with Chief Sophie Pierre at the Ktunaxa Kinbasket Tribal Council offices at St. Eugene. On February 28, 1996, the project was formally presented to the Ktunaxa Kinbasket Tribal Council at their office in St. Eugene.
  • On March 15, 1996, the project was discussed over the telephone with Bill Green and with Troy Hunter, representing the KTunaxa, in separate calls. On March 23, 1996, the project was discussed over the telephone with Beverly O’Neill, and on March 25, 1996 with Dean Martin.
  • On April 10, 1996, there was a conference call with Oberto Oberti, Fernand Beaulac and Bill Green, and on April 18, 1996, a telephone review with Troy Hunter and with Dean Martin, in separate calls, and with Dean Martin again on April 22, 1996.
  • On April 24, 1996, Pheidias received a draft proposal for a Traditional Use Study from Troy Hunter on behalf of the Ktunaxa Kinbasket Tribal Council.
  • On May 2, 1996, project representatives, along with Ray Crook and Martyn Glassman met with Chief Sophie Pierre and a group headed by Bill Green and Kim Gravel to review terms of reference for a Traditional Use Study.
  • Project representatives met with Dean Martin at the Shuswap office on May 29, 1996, and Kim Gravel and Troy Hunter at the Ktunaxa Kinbasket Tribal Council offices in St. Eugene on May 30, 1996.
  • Project representatives met with Troy Hunter in Invermere on May 31, 1996, and skied on the proposed summer glacier ski runs from Glacier Dome and into Jumbo Creek with Troy Hunter, Jose Sparovec and others from Alpine Canada on June 4th, 1996.
  • This was followed by a project and Traditional Use Study terms of reference telephone discussion with Troy Hunter on August 7, 1996.
  • On September 20, 1996, Pheidias Project Management Corp. (the project manager) received a letter from Bill Green with a new draft proposal for a Traditional Use Study, and on October 30, 1996, project representatives reviewed the new draft over the telephone with Troy Hunter. Discussions on the Traditional Use Study however were suspended afterward by the Ktunaxa and the proponent’s representatives were advised that the proposal was no longer valid.
  • Dean Martin of the Shuswap Indian Band met with project representatives in Invermere on October 9, 1996, on February 27, 1997, and on April 30,1997.
  • On September 18, 1997, there was a meeting on Glacier Dome with First Nations representatives and Ray Crook, and on October 9, December 8, 1997, and January 11, 1998, there were other visits to the Shuswap office in Invermere.
  • On April 24, 1998 there was a telephone project review with Troy Hunter.
  • On May 2nd, 1998 there was a visit to the Shuswap office in Invermere.
  • On May 14, 1998, there was a telephone call to the Ktunaxa Kinbasket Tribal Council’s office at St. Eugene to clarify the First Nations’ view of the Project Specifications, without success. A draft proposal of the Traditional Use Study was not given when the Project Specifications were issued by the EA Office in May 1998, two and half years after the start of the EA Act process (which specified a period of approximately 40 days for the preparation of Project Specifications).
  • Following site visits, there were visits at the Shuswap office on May 5, 1999, August 2, 1999, October 27, 1999, January 24, 2000, April 6, 2000, September 19, 2000, November 6, 2000 and on February 28, 2001, to keep Chief Paul Sam, the Council and Dean Martin (now President of the Kinbasket Development Company) up to date.

Proponents’ representatives were invited to an Open House presentation of the project at the Shuswap Office meeting hall in Invermere, which took place on November 19, 2001. It was very well received and the Chief commented that he would have welcomed the project representatives back for discussions of cooperation.

The Open House presentation was well received and the Chief commented that he would have welcomed the project representatives back for discussions of cooperation.

  • On April 18, 2002, project representatives met with Chief Sophie Pierre, Chief Paul Sam and Troy Hunter to review the concepts of collaboration with the First Nations developed over the previous decade and to seek guidance regarding how to present them to the Ktunaxa Kinbasket Tribal Council. The two Chiefs gave an open invitation to Oberto Oberti to speak to the Tribal Council, but suggested to speak first to Thomas Manson and to the Tribal Council’s office staff to clarify the conceptual proposals with them.
  • On August 22, 2002 Oberto Oberti met with Thomas Manson. Troy Hunter also attended the meeting.
  • Following the August 22 meeting Thomas Manson approached the Ktunaxa Kinbasket Tribal Council and reported to the project representatives that the position of the Council seemed to be that there was no support for the resort but there was support for an Interpretive Centre in that location.
  • The project representatives explained to Thomas Manson that it would not be possible for the Proponents to do an Interpretive Center without the resort, and asked for an opportunity to speak to the Tribal Council.
  • On November 17th, 2002, Oberto Oberti wrote a letter outlining concepts of cooperation and joint venture opportunities to Chief Sophie Pierre in preparation of a meeting with the Tribal Council and on Janaury 15th 2003 Troy Hunter wrote  a letter of support.
  • The meeting with the Ktunaxa Kinbasket Tribal Council took place on January 23, 2003. The presentation was by Oberto Oberti and David Milne to the Council and other First Nations members who attended the meeting was concluded by the chairperson with a direction to speak about the project proposals with Vic Clement and Thomas Manson and to commission an up to date archeological/traditional use study to Wayne Choquette.
  • On January 24, 2003, project representatives paid a visit at the Shuswap office in Invermere and left up to date information on the project.
  • Project representatives met with Diana Cote, Wayne Choquette and Thomas Manson to discuss the study proposal on March 11, 2003. Troy Hunter also attended the meeting. Arrangements were made for a presentation by Glenn Stewart, manager of the environmental studies for the project team since 1990, to the Ktunaxa Kinbasket Tribal Council and staff.
  • Glenn Stewart and Grant Costello met with Ktunaxa Tribal Council representatives and with Diana Cote, Thomas Manson and Wayne Choquette on April 30, 2003.
  • On June 3, 2003, a Traditional Use and Archeological Overview Study Proposal for Jumbo Glacier Resort prepared by Michael Keefer was received by Pheidias Project Management Corporation, which authorized the work on behalf of Glacier Resorts Ltd by letter dated June 6, 2003.
  • On June 4, 2003, project representatives met with Dean Martin on the question of provision of utility services by the Kinbasket Development Corporation and a cooperation and partnership agreement with the First Nations. These meetings and discussions were followed by a draft agreement in principle, which was discussed with Dean Martin on July 11 and with Councillor Clarissa Stevens and with Matthew Ney of the Kinbasket Development Corporation on July 16. Following the meeting the Shuswap Band Councillors signed the agreement for the “Jumbo Glacier Resort Utilities / Strategic Implementation Programme”, which was returned executed by Glacier Resorts Ltd. to the Shuswap First Nation on August 1, 2003.
  • On July 16, 2003, project representatives met with the Ktunaxa group involved with the Traditional Use Study. At the meeting it was noted that the project representatives were concerned that there seemed to be an on going campaign of misinformation about the project and that this should not affect the Traditional Use Study preparations. Prior to the meeting they were surprised to see that the meeting was preceded by an encounter  with Bob Campsall of Invermere, a leading representative of the Jumbo Creek Conservation Society. Grant Costello reported that he was driving down from the sawmill site on July 29, 2003, when he encountered a dozen vehicles with some forty passengers that included most of the people involved in the Traditional Use Study, seemingly proceeding to a site visit for the Study. The group included again a car driven by Bob Campsall and several vehicles had the Save Jumbo bumper stickers sold by the Jumbo Creek Conservation Society.
  • On September 25, 2003, project representatives met the group involved with the Traditional Use Study at the Columbia Lake Band’s (now Aqisqnuk Band) office and gave a brief presentation of the changes to the Master Plan since 1995. They were surprised to see a pamphlet prepared by the Jumbo Creek Conservation Society (JCCS) misrepresenting the project on the participants’ chairs. This pamphlet and a letter were sent to Martyn Glassman, Project Director of the EAO.  A fact/fiction response to the JCCS pamphlet was also prepared.

The Proponent’s representatives were invited to give a presentation to the Shuswap Band on Saturday, November 15, 2003. At this meeting, which included the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council and which was well attended and well received by the local Shuswap population, Oberto Oberti and Grant Costello presented the project and explained the content of the Agreement signed by Glacier Resorts Ltd. and the Kinbasket Development Corporation of the Shuswap First Nation. The meeting was concluded with official praise for the work of the proponent’s representatives and with a resolution of support.

The meeting was concluded with official praise for the work of the proponent’s representatives and with a resolution of support.

Following the end of Summer 2003 a draft of a Traditional Use Study was received from Michael Keefer. It appeared to based primarily on work by Michael Keefer of the Ktunaxa office and by Anielski Management of Edmonton. It reflected an anti-growth economic bias of Anielski Management and the positions of the Jumbo Creek Conservation Society. It did not meet the standards expected for a Traditional Use Study, rather it was a reflection of the misinformation of project opponents, focused more on the protection of Jumbo Pass (which is not part of the project) than on the project, its location and its skiable terrain. The proponent’s consultants issued a detailed response. The biased slant of the purported Traditional Use study was confirmed by the independent review of the EA Office, which accepted the response of the proponents’ consultants.

The Project Specifications included a request to contact the Sinixt First Nation. With the assistance of the EA Office, a name and an address were located and project information was sent to the identified representative of the Sinixt First Nation, with a request to remain in touch with Pheidias Project Management Corporation in order to receive an electronic copy of the Project Report and of Master Plan for comment. A meeting and a presentation to Sinixt representatives took place in 2004 in Nelson, following a public presentation, and the electronic copy was hand delivered.

  • On March 29, 2004 a press release from the Shuswap Indian Band and Kinbasket Group of Companies reaffirmed the Kinbasket Traditional Territories, indicating support for Jumbo Glacier Resort and their interest in participating in the project, and indicating their interest in participating at the governance level in the administration of a Resort Municipality.
  • On April 26, 2004, the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council issued a letter indicating support for Jumbo Glacier Resort and the Shuswap Indian Band’s traditional use studies.
  • On June 2, 2004 a letter of proposed commitments (Appendix 8-2)responding to known or anticipated concerns of the First Nations was addressed to Kathryn Teneese on behalf of the Proponents.
  • On June 30, 2004, the Shuswap Indian Band and Kinbasket Group of Companies wrote a letter to the Ktunaxa Kinbasket Tribal Council (KKTC) indicating their support for and desire to participate in the Jumbo Glacier Resort project, questioning the KKTC’s late participation in the EA Act review process, and indicating their disagreement with the KKTC’s positions.
  • During the first half of 2004 most of the meetings with First Nations, which were on going, were arranged as part of the conclusive work with the EA Office, and culminated in June and July 2004, in several days of meetings at the St. Eugene Hotel and convention centre attended by the proponent’s representatives and by the EA Office’s and provincial staff, including Martyn Glassman, Alan Calder, Psyche Brown and Marty Osberg.
    The EA Office’s Project Directors’ report that is the basis of the EA Certificate includes the conclusions of this process and all the conditions for support presented by the Ktunaxa representatives. A letter dated July 20th , 2004, to the EA Office by Kathryn Teneese, summarizes all the conditions and the objections of Ktunaxa. This letter is written on behalf of the Ktunaxa Kinbasket Tribal Council and the letterhead still includes the Shuwap Band, despite the fact the Shuswap Band was not in agreement with most of the letter. Attached to the letter there are also Ktunaxa consultants’ reports which appear to disregard not only a fair representation of the views of the Shuswap, but most of the work done before and during the EA process by the project consultants.
  • The EA Office’s Project Directors’ report that is the basis of the EA Certificate includes the conclusions of this process and all the conditions for support presented by the Ktunaxa representatives. A letter dated July 20th , 2004, to the EA Office by Kathryn Teneese, summarizes all the conditions and the objections of Ktunaxa.  This letter is written on behalf of the Ktunaxa Kinbasket Tribal Council and the letterhead still includes the Shuwap Band, despite the fact the Shuswap Band was not in agreement with most of the letter. Attached to the letter there are also Ktunaxa consultants’ reports which appear to disregard not only a fair representation of the views of the Shuswap, but most of the work done before and during the EA process by the project consultants.
  • On July 28, 2004, a letter to Kathryn Teneese (Appendix 8-4) on behalf of the Proponents offered specific steps to move forward again on the issued discussed in the previous months.
  • On October 12, 2004, a press release from the Kinbasket Development Corporation announced that the 17 Chiefs of the Shuswap First Nations unanimously supported a resolution reaffirming traditional interest in the Columbia and Kootenay valleys including the lands associated with the Jumbo Glacier Resort project. The press release also reiterated strong support for the project and the fact the Shuswap Indian Band had left the KKTC.

The 17 Chiefs of the Shuswap First Nations unanimously supported a resolution reaffirming traditional interest in the Columbia, Kootenay valleys including the lands associated with the Jumbo Glacier Resort project

  • On October 14, 2004, the Province announced the signature of the Environmental Certificate for the project, as recommended by the EA Office.
  • In an interview with Turtle Island Press the representative of the Ktunaxa, Kathryn Teneese (speaking on behalf of the KKTC with no mention of the Shuswap’s dissent on the Ktunaxa position on the project), expressed disappointment with the signature of the EA Certificate but also the expectation that issues could be finally dealt with in an Impact Management and benefits Agreement, stating:“In the past the talks have not been productive from a KKTC perspective, “We have had discussions with the proponents over the past ten years. However there has been no agreement reached on any issue. . . There have been some broad discussions about economic benefits. We have not had discussion about participation. However these matters will be part of the Impact Management and Benefits Agreement negotiations with the proponent.”Question – Does this project present an opportunity for KKTC to participate in a project that will bring jobs and benefits, provided your outstanding concerns are addressed?The KKTC administrator says she is hopeful that they can deal with their outstanding concerns in their discussions with the Regional District, Lands and Wildlife BC and the
    Jumbo Glacier Resort proponent. She looks forward to the ongoing consultation and negotiation of an Impact Management and Benefits Agreement. Answer “It is our expectation that these are some of the matters that will be part of the Impact Management and Benefits Agreement.”
  • On October 30, 2004, the Shuswap Indian Band issued a press release indicating their withdrawal from the Ktunaxa Kinbasket Tribal Council (KKTC) effective September 14, 2004 and their unanimous acceptance into the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council (SNTC) by the Chiefs representing the 17 Bands of the Shuswap Nation within British Columbia.
  • In 2005 the Commercial Alpine Ski Policy (CASP) review process resumed. It had been interrupted in 1995 with the Environmental Assessment Act review process, and the Master Plan, as modified during EA, was resubmitted for review and approval under CASP. The Master Plan was forwarded to First Nations representatives.

Ktunaxa representatives requested that the First Nations section be removed from the Master Plan and replaced with a statement prepared by them. The request was immediately accepted and this was done. As a consequence unfortunately this removed also from the public process the entire chronology of all the meetings and the progress made with the First Nations, particularly with the Shuswap Indian Band, which remained largely unknown following the Master Plan approval and during the Master Development Agreement’s process.

Ktunaxa representatives requested that the First Nations section be removed from the Master Plan and replaced with a statement prepared by them. The request was immediately accepted and this was done. As a consequence unfortunately this removed also from the public process the entire chronology of all the meetings and the progress made with the First Nations, particularly with the Shuswap Indian Band, which remained largely unknown following the Master Plan approval and during the Master Development Agreement’s process.

  • In preparation of the Master Development Agreement, discussions toward an Impact Management and Benefits Agreement were initiated with both the Shuswap Indian Band and with the new Ktunaxa Nation Tribal Council (KNTC).
  • Resumption of discussions with the KNTC took time to arrange, and initially were arranged through provincial staff. On March 7th, 2006, the first meeting was arranged and project representatives met in Cranbrook with Marty Osberg, Bill Irwin and Psyche Brown. However, when arriving at the Ktunaxa’s office,  the project representative was told that the meeting would be only between government officials and Tribal Council representatives.  The meeting with representatives of the project was cancelled, to be set at a later date.
  • On April 13, 2006,  project representatives met at the Shuswap Band Office in Invermere, where the steps toward an Impact Management and Benefits Agreement were discussed with Katherine Stevens and Rosalita Pascal.
  • In July 2006, Grant Costello discussed and set meeting dates with the representatives of the KNTC.
  • On Nov 15, 2006  there was  a meeting form 1:00pm to 4:30pm with the KNTC representatives attended by Dan Paradis, Tony Pearse, Ray Warden, Denine Milner, Bill Green and Grant Costello.
  • On Jan 11 and 12, 2007 there was a two day meeting with the Ktunaxa attended by Denine Milner, Bill Green, Tony Pearse, Dallas Cardinal, Dan Paradis,Ray Warden, Wilf Teneese, Grant Costello, Psyche Brown, Peter Walters and Marty Osberg.
  • On Feb 2, 2007 there was a meeting from 1:00pm to 4:30pm attended by Dan Paradis, Ray Warden, Denine Milner, and Grant Costello finalizing an engagement framework, and confirming a schedule, work plan.
  • On Feb 23, 2007 there was a meeting from 10:00am to 4:00pm attended by  Dan, Tony, Ray, Denine  Helder, grant Costello discussing  economic benefits.
  • On Feb 26, 2007 there was a meeting from 10am to 4pm attended by Dan, Bill, Ray Tony, Denine and Grant on Ecology and Wildlife.
  • On March 5, 2007 there was a meeting from 11am to 4pm attended by  Dan, Tony Ray, Denine and Grant on  benefits (economic cultural social).
  • On March 16, 2007 there was a meeting from 10 to 4pm attended by Dan Ray Denine Bill Helder and Grant on governance and other residual issues.

At this point, the project proponent, Glacier Resorts Ltd. (GRL), through its representatives had completed a series of meetings with the Ktunaxa First Nation with the intent to achieve an Impact Management and Benefits Agreement similar to the one being discussed with the Shuswap. As GRL signed a confidentiality agreement with the Ktunaxa, GRL cannot go into any details, but the talks resulted in an “agreement in principle” relating to all of the benefits promised by GRL through the commitments in Section 29 in the EA Certificate. As well, Grant Costello and Glenn Stewart, were involved in two wildlife workshops at which extensive impact management measures were discussed and which resulted in an “agreement in principle” relating to Grizzly Bear and Wildlife Management plans.

the talks resulted in an “agreement in principle” relating to all of the benefits promised by GlaCier Resorts through the commitments in Section 29 in the Environmental Assessment Certificate.

  • Two documents resulted from these workshops and subsequent negotiations: a “Preliminary Conceptual Framework for Mitigating Grizzly Bear Impacts – Jumbo Glacier Resort”, and the “Ecosystem Stewardship Framework”, the purpose of which is stated as “to conserve the ecological diversity and productivity of the Jumbo Glacier Resort base area, controlled recreational area and surroundings”.
  • These preliminary agreements need to be approved and ratified by both the Ktunaxa leadership and their communities. If and when they are ratified the next step will be to negotiate definitive agreements in the areas of impact management and benefits based on the “agreements in principle”.
  • Progress with the KNTC representatives has been slow and with repeated setbacks, while progress with the Shuswap Indian Band has continued and culminated in October 2008, after on going meetings and legal reviews, with a comprehensive Impact Management and Benefits Agreement (IMBA) between the Shuswap Indian Band and Glacier Resorts Ltd., the project proponent and developer.
  • On February 12th, 2009, there was a meeting at the St.Mary’s Band Office with Bill Green, Ray Warden, Lorne Shovar, Denine Milner and Grant Costello as part of the formal conclusive negotiations with the Land and Resources Committee of the KNTC and Glacier Resorts Ltd.
  • On April 2nd, 2009 GLR received a confidential draft of an Impact Management and Benefits Agreement, and a draft document called “Economic Opportunities Strategy for the Ktunaxa Nation,” from the representatives of the KNTC. The drafts require extensive review in order to be coordinated and complement, rather than conflict, with the IMBA signed by the Shuswap Indian Band., but a successful conclusion, based on positive reasoning and goodwill of all the participants, is certainly possible.
  • On May 8th,  ,2009, Grant Costello met the representatives of the KNTC at the Akiskinuk Band office in Windermere to further discuss the draft economic plan.
  • A follow-up meeting, scheduled for June 11, 2009, was cancelled by the KNTC representatives on June 10.
  • On July 3rd, ,2009, KNTC representatives e-mailed Grant Costello stating in part that: “We have gone through some critical meetings with respect to the Jumbo project. We have been directed by the leadership to: (i) organize a meeting with the Premier, Minister Krueger and Ktunaxa Nation leadership regarding the Jumbo area prior to the end of July; and  (ii) temporarily suspend negotiations with GRL pending the convening of the meeting with the Premier and Minister Krueger, and further direction from the nation. Given this direction we are unable to meet with you next week as planned. We will contact you after we meet the Premier, etc. and the nation leadership provides further direction.”
  • On August 7th, 2009, despite a statement of opposition by the KNTC representatives and by Wildsight, the Regional District of East Kootenay passed a resolution re-instating the request of 1996 to ask  the Province to create a Mountain Resort Municipality for the JGR project following the completion of a Master Development Agreement.
  • On August 28, 2009 Grant Costello asked Ktunaxa representatives to visit the site together to keep the dialogue going, without success.
  • New meeting dates were proposed by telephone but could not be confirmed.
  • On September 8, 2009, GRL through Grant Costello formally requested a resumption of meetings and negotiations, if necessary through a mediator, but there was no response from the KNTC representatives. Telephone calls continued to been unsuccessful.
  • In the Spring of 2010, GRL’s representatives expressed the expectation to provincial staff that the IMBA with the KNTC will be concluded only after a Master Development Agreement (MDA) with the Province is signed and the project will become a real entity.  It was also suggested that the draft IMBA, with permission from the KNTC, could be made part of an approved MDA as a statement of intent.
  • On October 22, 2010, the Province and the Ktunaxa signed an engagement agreement, and there was a press release including promising statements of economic cooperation in resource development and the payment by the Province to the Ktunaxa of $1.65 million.
  • In early November 2010, the KNTC representatives informed the Premier’s office that they were planning a demonstration in Victoria for November 15th, at which time they wanted to consecrate Jumbo Valley in the legislature as sacred ground of the Ktunaxa, in a ceremony at which they requested the presence of the Premier.
  • On November 11. 2010, Chief Paul Sam of the Shuswap wrote a letter to the Premier condemning the planned demonstration of the Ktunaxa in Victoria.
  • On November 15, 2010, Ktunaxa representatives performed a demonstration in front of the Parliament Building declaring Jumbo Valley sacred ground of the Ktunaxa First Nation. This was followed by full page ads in the Vancouver Sun and in the Province under the title “Jumbo mistake”.
  • On December 16, 2010, Chief Paul Sam wrote again to the Premier, stating that the Ktunaxa have no right to stop the project.
  • On February  5, 2011 the Sinixt posted an article on the Vancouver Media Co-op entitled: “A Jumbo Deception: The Qat’muk Declaration” condemning the Ktunaxa position.

Following the execution of the Master Development Agreement on March 20th, 2012 (this was the conclusion of the process started with the signature of the Interim Agreement in 1993 and restated with an updated Interim Agreement in 1995 after the East Kootenay CORE land use decision) and the formation of the Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality by the Province (as requested by the East Kootenay Regional District unanimously in 1996, and by majority vote in 2009 and 2012) on November 20th, 2012, the KNTC has launched a Petition in the Supreme Court of B.C. to have the Master Development Agreement cancelled.

Glacier Resorts Ltd. hopes that once this is resolved discussions will resume and real progress will be made toward the conclusion of the IMBA.