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Ktunaxa host Qat'muk event
As the Ktunaxa Nation prepares for a court hearing in January on the Jumbo Glacier Resort, they are inviting Kootenay residents to a special event that will explain the importance of Qat'muk, the location of the proposed resort.
Last December, the Ktunaxa filed an application with the B.C. Supreme Court for a judicial review of the B.C. government's decision to enter into a Master Development Agreement with the resort developer.
That review will begin on Monday, January 6, 2014.
"We have been trying to protect Qat'muk from the threat of a major, four season resort and real estate development since we first heard of it in the early 1990s," said Kathryn Teneese, chairperson of the Ktunaxa Nation Council.
"We appreciate the efforts of many other individuals and organizations to stop the Jumbo Glacier Resort development."
The Jumbo Glacier Resort, which was incorporated as a mountain resort municipality in February, would be built in the heart of what the Ktunaxa call Qat'muk, home of the Grizzly Bear Spirit.
On Friday, November 22, the Ktunaxa are hosting a gathering at 7 p.m. at the Key City Theatre in Cranbrook where all interested citizens of the Kootenays can learn about Qat'muk.
"Qat'muk and Jumbo do not have the same meaning, and we are creating this opportunity for our neighbours in the Kootenay region to learn more about the true meaning of Qat'muk and why it is of such profound importance to our nation," said Teneese.
Event organizer Bertha Andrews said that: "Our organizing team is excited about the plans for the event, which will include performances by Ktunaxa Nation drummers, dancers and storytellers, as well as video presentations and a presentation by Pat and Baiba Morrow about sacred mountain valleys elsewhere in the world."
Proceeds from the event will be used to support Ktunaxa Nation efforts to protect Qat'muk.
Entrance is by donation at the door with a suggested donation of $15 per person.