The Ktunaxa Nation will hold two events tomorrow to mark their opposition to the resort, one in Vancouver and one in Cranbrook. to mark the filing
The Ktunaxa are seeking a judicial review of the BC Government’s approval of the resort, and will submit their application for the review with the B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver. Members of the Ktunaxa leadership will also make a public statement on the steps of the B.C. Law Courts at 11 a.m. PST (12 p.m. MST).
At the same time, a public rally and march will take place starting at the Ktunaxa Nation’s Government Building and ending at Rotary Park across from the Courthouse in Cranbrook, where the legal proceedings will ultimately be held.
The B.C. Government approved the resort in an area the Ktunaxa call Qat’muk (GOT MOOK). The Ktunaxa say Qat’muk is home to the Grizzly Bear Spirit, and is vital to Ktunaxa culture and spirituality and the region’s environment.
For Ktunaxa, Qat’muk is where the Grizzly Bear Spirit was born, goes to heal itself, and returns to the spirit world. Ktunaxa, rely upon the on the continuation of traditional spiritual and religious practices, and the Grizzly Bear Spirit is a unique and indispensable source of collective as well as individual guidance, strength, and protection. Qat’muk’s importance for Grizzly Bear Spirit is inextricably interlinked with its importance for living grizzly bears now and in the future.