03/17/2016 10:44 EDT | Updated 03/18/2017 01:12 EDT

Top court to hear case of ski resort versus First Nations spiritual beliefs

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear an appeal of a case in which a First Nations group claimed that development of a massive B.C. ski resort would interfere with its religious practices involving the spirit of the grizzly bear.

The Ktunaxa Nation sued after Glacier Resorts was given the OK from the provincial government in March 2012 for construction in Upper Jumbo Valley, 55 kilometres west of Invermere.

The suit said the development would desecrate sacred land practices.

Both the British Columbia Supreme Court and Court of Appeal dismissed the claim, noting that the process had dragged on for more than two decades.

The courts ruled that the approval of the development did not violate the rights of the Ktunaxa and that there was reasonable consultation.

As usual, the Supreme Court gave no reasons for its decision to hear the case.

The Canadian Press