Ktunaxa Nation Council
The Ktunaxa Nation Council
originated in 1970 as the Kootenay Indian District Council
to promote the political and social development of the Nation.
In 1991 the Council’s name was
changed to Ktunaxa/Kinbasket Tribal Council (K/KTC) to reflect
the origins of the two language groups (Ktunaxa and Secwepemc)
in the Traditional Territory. In 2005 the Council's name was changed to Ktunaxa Nation Council (KNC).
The majority of Ktunaxa Nation citizens originate from the Ktunaxa or Kootenai culture. However, the Nation also contains descendants of the Kinbasket
family, a small group of Shuswap (Secwepemc) people who journeyed east from Shuswap territory in the mid-1800's into Ktunaxa territory looking for a permanent home. Ktunaxa leadership allowed the Shuswap Kinbasket people to stay in Ktunaxa territory where they eventually settled in the Invermere area and became members of the Ktunaxa Nation.
The goals of the Ktunaxa Nation Council include preservation
and promotion of Ktunaxa traditional knowledge, language
and culture, community and social development and wellness,
land and resource development, economic investment and
The Ktunaxa Nation Council (KNC) is accountable to the Chiefs
and Council of the Ktunaxa Nation.
The programs and services of the KNC
and its affiliates are available to KNC member Bands,
Nation members living on and off reserve, and to other
status and non-status persons living within Ktunaxa
The KNC also serves as an umbrella
organization for several societies, committees and corporations
which are engaged in the provision of programs and services
to Ktunaxa citizens.
It is also the goal of the Ktunaxa Nation Council and its member Bands to work with our neighbours
and build strong relationships to strengthen the regional
economy within the Kootenays.
The Four Pillars of
the Ktunaxa Nation
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Ktunaxa/Kinbasket Tribal Council