Ski resort does not violate freedom of religion: SCC

Approval of a ski resort in a region held sacred by Indigenous people does not violate their constitutional right to freedom of religion, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Thursday.

A senior Indigenous leader said the decision demonstrates a lack of knowledge.

“That’s sacred ceremonial grounds. That’s where our relatives, the grizzly bear, live. And if their habitat is somehow destroyed, you are destroying our relatives,” Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, said in Ottawa.

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  • Ed

    Oh the trouble firewater has caused…

    • Raymond Hietapakka

      …that red-hot pound of chili washed down with a mickey of Tequila the other night sure put me in a bad way yesterday…

  • ontario john

    But its ok to hunt grizzly bears in the valley. Can someone say indian scam.

    • Sharkibark

      I would love to see a family reunion.

    • moraywatson

      Heh, you know what it’s like when annoying relatives overstay their welcome, and then all of a sudden one morning they’ve turned into a nice big rug in front of the fire.

    • Linda1000

      No, that’s the provincial govt’s controlled sport hunting allowed for grizzlies and other animals like big horn sheep every year which I don’t agree with since it is not like hunting for moose, deer or elk for food.

  • simus1

    Who paid the freight? DIA?

  • FivePointSpurgeonist

    “our relatives, the grizzly bear, live”

    Wow, that’s some kind of scientific knowledge right there.

    • Watchman

      Last line of famous hunting joke:
      “You didn’t come here for the hunting, right?”

    • LauraS

      If you honestly think you are related to grizzly bears, then you have no business sharing opinions on public policy, development, or any other issue.

      Slightly OT–> I would love to see a ban on references to great turtle, animal spirits, native “stewardship” of the lands. I’d also like a boycott of smudging ceremonies and those ceremonial dances whenever dignitaries visit Canada. Yet another reminder that these are a backwards people who never evolved beyond the iron age and never invented the wheel.

      • Clausewitz

        When it comes to native stewardship, all I can say is visit any number of reserves and get back to me on that.

      • shasta

        “think you are related to grizzly bears, then you have no business sharing opinions on public policy”

        That would eliminate almost all scientists since Darwin’s time.

        • LauraS

          I see what you did there! 🙂
          However, I don’t think he’s speaking in a Darwinian sense…rather in a “this grizzly bear is my second cousin twice removed” kind of way.

          • shasta

            You would think one of the reporters might have tried to get some clarification instead of just standing there like a dummy accepting any clap trap that gets spewed.

          • LauraS

            You are expecting reporters to do some actual journalism. I don’t think they teach that sort of thing at J-schools anymore. lol

    • Raymond Hietapakka

      The only reason they honor the big bear in their culture, I imagine, is because the big bear was higher up the food chain than the human, way up on that sacred mountain, and could break a steer’s neck with one swipe of its paw..

    • Mr. Meow

      Evidenced based! I’m all for protecting wild life habitat especially for grizzlies, but these guys need to learn to fight their battles without invoking the animals are our relatives shtick. Who eats their relatives?

      • shasta

        I eat lots of them, just not the close ones.

  • moraywatson

    Limits on religious accommodations are going to be necessary in rebuffing totalitarian islam. For instance, can we please get muslim prayer rooms out of our public institutions, starting with our schools.

    • Blacksmith

      Nice place to start, I think we need to get muslims out of our countries next, they have proven time and again they incompatible with civilization.

      • moraywatson

        We will have better success getting muslims out of islam, than getting muslims deported, but both should be pursued by legal means. There will always be islam; less of it requires apostasy.

        • Blacksmith

          Well we could go the green way and depopulate the world to save it, I say we start with muslims, if there were no muslims then there would be no islam.

        • Linda1000

          Good luck with getting muslims out Islam. Hasn’t happened in the last 1400 years. Even Iran with many voluntary apostates couldn’t break out of it in their 2009 Green campaign. Of course, dickhead Ozero didn’t take that opportunity to support them either.

      • LauraS

        Yes!

  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    Muster the will to tell your Indians NO.

    • shasta

      That’s asking a lot from our politicians.

  • Blacksmith

    Whiny indians lose out to capitalism?

  • Linda1000

    I’m on the side of the grizzly bears who are on the endangered species list. They have already lost so much habitat in B.C. and Alberta to human capitalist developers. B.C. already has a lot of ski resorts. How many do they need when most of their “newer occupants” don’t even downhill ski.

    • LauraS

      That’s a legitimate argument. Much better than, “these are spiritual lands inhabited by my relatives, the grizzly bears.”

  • BillyHW

    These people keep setting my tax dollars on fire, which are sacred to me.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    i know what’s going on here, most likely…eventually, this decision will be reversed, but only after the place ha$ already been built, lawyers will make millions, the Natives will get 10’s of millions in compensation for special tribal healing and reconciliation and a chief’s relative’s construction company will make hundreds of millions more doing sacred rehabilitation work…to “heal the mountain”…..

  • ontario john

    But what about the sacred fungus in the valley?? Does no one care about it?

    • Millie_Woods

      You mean the sacred BC mushrooms?

  • barryjr

    If you believe you are somehow related to bears either your ancestors were doing something that would be illegal today with the bears or you’re an idiot. Not a surprising thought considering Siberian Americans were still living a hand to mouth existence still rooted in the stone age when European Americans arrived.

    • shasta

      “you are somehow related to bears”

      Anyone who believes in evolution believes this.

  • Millie_Woods

    Utter claptrap. I’m related to grizzly bears as much as he is.

  • DaninVan

    Someone needs to tell the Grizzlies. Face to face. 😉

  • Marius K

    Oh come on, bears skiing downhill are funny!