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Ex-pro gives support.

Former National Hockey League star Scott Niedermayer is supporting British Columbia's Ktunaxa Nation.

Niedermayer and the First Nation have expressed their opposition of a resort in Jumbo Valley, located in southeastern B.C.

The Ktunaxa Nation has opposed the proposed Jumbo Glacier resort as it impacts its people's rights and interests.

Niedermayer and Ktunaxa Nation officials commented on their displeasure with the proposed resort in the B.C. Legislature in mid-November.

Niedermayer is not Aboriginal himself, but he still has a keen interest in this area.

"I grew up in the Kootenays and value the stunning and rugged beauty that the region has to offer,'' said Niedermayer, who won four Stanley Cups during his pro career before retiring last year. "I have always been a vocal opponent of development happening in the Jumbo Valley. There are very few areas like this left in the world, and we should preserve it for future generations. I want my children and all British Columbians to be able to enjoy this area, just as I am able to."

Niedermayer's support is a huge advantage for the Ktunaxa Nation. Besides his four NHL championships. Niedermayer also won a pair of Olympic gold medals during his career. He was the captain of the Canadian squad that won the gold medal at last year's Vancouver Winter Olympics.
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Title Annotation:Sports Briefs
Author:laskaris, Sam
Publication:Windspeaker
Date:Dec 1, 2011
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