Once proposed as ski resort, B.C.’s Jumbo Glacier turned over to First Nation

A spectacular swath of mountains, glaciers and forests once proposed for a ski resort is being turned over to the First Nations people who have lived there for centuries.

After decades of controversy that reached all the way to the Supreme Court, the Jumbo Glacier in British Columbia’s central Purcell Mountains is to be handed over to the Ktunaxa First Nation to manage as an Indigenous Protected Area.

“It’s an opportunity to do so many things,” said Kathryn Teneese, chairwoman of the Ktunaxa Nation Council.

The land will be accompanied by $21 million to design and plan the new conservation zone. About $16 million is to come from Ottawa and the rest from private foundations.

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