LANDs & RESOURCES
Territory of the Ktunaxa Nation covers approximately
70,000 square kilometres (27,000 square miles) in south-eastern
British Columbia and historically included parts of Alberta,
Montana, Washington and Idaho.
All lands and resources in the Traditional
Territory are to be managed according to the natural law
given to the Ktunaxa
Nation by the Creator:
Human beings have the ability to destroy the land and
many livings things. Therefore, the Creator gave the Ktunaxa
Nation a set of laws on how to live with the land and not
The Ktunaxa Nation is developing both
operational and governance structures to take on this responsibility
as outlined by the Creator and to realize the Lands Sector
Lands Sector Vision Statement
We the Ktunaxa and Kinbasket people envision ourselves
working together as one Nation to responsibly care for the
lands and resources within our Territory. Our stewardship
of the lands and resources will be based on our sacred covenant
with the Creator and our traditional values of:
||Ensuring land, air and water will be clean
||Ensuring access to, and protection of, traditional
foods and medicines.
||Balancing the economic use of land with cultural and
||Ensuring that long-term sustainability and ecological
integrity take precedence.
||Following natural law; taking only what you need.
We envision a healthy environment in
which all Ktunaxa and Kinbasket people can move freely throughout
the Territory. We will exercise our rights to derive benefits
from the lands and resources without compromising the future
for our grandchildren and their grandchildren. Not only
will our past heritage be preserved but we will be developing
new connections with the land and each other.
We envision ourselves playing
a central role in all decisions pertaining to lands and
resources in our Territory. We will manage the lands and
resources through healthy working relationships with ourselves
and others based on understanding, respect and equality.
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