First Nation files for judicial review of Jumbo ski resort

The Jumbo Glacier ski resort, which has faced two decades of legal and regulatory delays and roadblocks, is facing yet another hurdle: a legal challenge ...

The Jumbo Glacier ski resort, which has faced two decades of legal and regulatory delays and roadblocks, is facing yet another hurdle: a legal challenge by the Ktunaxa First Nation.

The First Nation planned to file to the BC Supreme Court for a judicial review of the project today.

Glacier Resorts Ltd. first proposed the project in 1990, but faced a series of challenges, including stiff opposition from environmental groups and the Ktunaxa, who are opposed to a ski resort in a pristine section of the Purcell Mountains in southeastern B.C., which is renowned grizzly bear territory.

The $900 million, 6,500-bed ski resort was approved by the provincial government in March. Recently the creation of a new municipality for the resort was also approved.

The Ktunaxa claim the resort would be "a desecration of a principal Ktunaxa sacred site."

Earlier this year, former B.C. Treaty Minister Geoff Plant expressed doubt a judicial review would succeed because the province had fulfilled its duty to consult with the Ktunaxa.

"It's rare that a court will grant an injunction to support a complaint that there was inadequate consultation," he told Business in Vancouver.

Not all First Nations in the area oppose the project. The Shuswap Indian Band signed a benefits agreement with the resort's developers.

nbennett@biv.com

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