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November 10, 2017

Supreme Court Finds Development of Jumbo Valley Ski Resort Does Not Impair Ktunaxa Nation’s Freedom of Religion

In Ktunaxa Nation v British Columbia, the Supreme Court considered the application of freedom of religion to Indigenous spirituality for the first time.  The Ktunaxa Nation claims that the construction of a year-round ski resort in their traditional territory will drive away the Grizzly Bear Spirit, irremediably impairing their religious beliefs and practices.  The Supreme Court held that the scope of the right to freedom of religion under the Charter does not protect the presence of the Grizzly Bear Spirit.

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