Om December 1st, 2016, the Ktunaxa First Nation appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada to overrule the B.C. government’s right to approve a ski resort and real estate development in the Jumbo Valley.
The court rejected this appeal last Thursday, November 2nd. Although it rejected the appeal, it did not however approve this development which was incorrectly reported by at least one major news outlet. The approval remains the sole responsibility of the B.C. government.
This approval is actually in serious jeopardy. On October 12th, 2014, the B.C. government shut the project down while they reviewed its progress. The government then decided that the developer was in non-compliance and on June 18th, 2015, cancelled his Environmental Certificate. This cancellation is still in effect.
The certificate may or may not be reinstated. That will be decided sometime in the future by the B.C. government.