The True Story of Jumbo -- Wild!

By Contributor
February 23rd, 2016

Come on Sunday March 6, at 7:00 pm to the Rossland Miners Union Hall and see Patagonia’s  Jumbo Wild – a gripping, hour-long documentary film by Sweetgrass Productions that tells the true story of the decades-long (and on-going)  battle over the future of British Columbia’s iconic Jumbo Valley.  

The Jumbo Valley, located deep in the wilds of British Columbia’s Purcell Mountains, has long been revered for its spiritual significance and beauty. To the Ktunaxa Nation, it is known as Qat’muk, home of the grizzly bear spirit.

Part of a crucial international wildlife corridor, the Jumbo Valley is one of only two remaining areas in North America where bears can freely roam between Canada and the US.  To the Ktunaxa Nation, it is known as Qat’muk, home of the grizzly bear spirit. The Ktunaxa First Nation’s Qat’muk Declaration asserts that the Jumbo Valley is of significant spiritual and ecological importance and calls for its permanent protection.

For nearly 25 years, local people—First Nations, skiers, riders, alpinists and conservationists like BC’s West Kootenay Ecosociety and Wildsight—have fought a proposed large-scale ski resort in Jumbo.  Set against a backdrop of incredible backcountry ski and snowboard footage,  Jumbo Wild documents all sides of a divisive issue, bringing to life for the first time the passionate local fight to protect the Jumbo Valley.

Jumbo Wild is presented by the West Kootenay Ecosociety and the Rossland Sustainability Commission.   Montana Burgess from the WK Ecosociety will introduce the film with a short discussion of the Ecosociety’s  advocacy initiatives including Jumbo Wild. 

Doors at 6:45pm, with the presentation beginning at 7:00 pm.   Suggested donation $8.00. 

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