Glacier Resorts Welcomes Support from Shuswap Despite Surprise Claims by Ktunaxa
INVERMERE, BC — Glacier Resorts Ltd. is surprised by the claims made by the Ktunaxa Nation’s demonstrators in Victoria, B.C. despite 20 years of consultations.
It continues to expect that the leadership and friendship of the Shuswap Band, the First Nation people in Invermere and closest to Jumbo Valley, will show the way for the future and will help bring the Ktunaxa representatives to a more cooperative position.
The project for the Jumbo Valley has followed a process that formally began in 1991, which led to an Interim Agreement in 1993 and a land use designation by the East Kootenay CORE Table and an Environmental Assessment Act Certificate in 2004, which included conditions requested by the Ktunaxa Nation’s representatives and with the statement that the project “is in the broad public interest”.
“This type of demonstration is not appropriate as part of the public process. It is not how to participate if there is any respect for the process or the other participants”, noted Grant Costello, Senior Vice President of Glacier Resorts Ltd.
Glacier Resorts Ltd.
Jumbo Glacier Resort will be located in an abandoned sawmill site in the upper Jumbo Valley and will provide access to four large glaciers for year-round skiing and spectacular sightseeing. It will have the longest vertical drop in North America in the legendary all-natural snow of the Purcell Mountains and will open the door to first full year-round, high-alpine skiing in North America. Canadian athletes have been summer training on the glaciers of the proposed ski area since 2003.
November 11, 2010 Letter to Premier Gordon Campbell from Chief Paul Sam of the Shuswap Indian Band: