MEDIA RELEASE – xaȼqanaǂ ʔitkiniǂ Receives British Columbia Reconciliation Award

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Focus Groups: Qat’muk IPCA

Talk about the future of Qat’muk

These Focus Groups are for Ktunaxa people.

Four regular sessions to choose from:

June 2, 2021 > 5 to 8:30 pm

June 3, 2021 > 5 to 8:30 pm

June 7, 2021 > 1 to 4:30 pm

June 12, 2021 > 10 am to 2:30 pm

One session for Youth

June 10 > 5 to 8 pm

Join by Zoom on your computer or phone.

See below for how to sign up…

Learn about the next chapter of Qat’muk through the establishment of an IPCA.
For more information on IPCA, please contact
Chad Luke (CMLuke@ktunaxa.org) or
Jim Clarricoates (jclarricoates@ktunaxa.org).

To sign up, please contact Melissa Teneese at MRTeneese@ktunaxa.org

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Building Closure to extend until June 14

Update on Ktunaxa Nation Council COVID-19 Response

May 19, 2021
The Government building will be closed to most staff until June 14, 2021.

The building, including the gymnasium, is still closed to the public and not available for public rental.

This is to slow the transmission rates and protect Citizens, Communities and Staff.

During this two-week time, staff will be working from home.
The only staff who may access the building will be Sector Directors, and some core staff in Facilities, Governance, IT, HR, Flexinet, Health Clinic and Finance.
Front door FOBs will be deactivated for everyone else.

Lands staff doing field work will access their vehicle keys and sanitation kits by appointment.

If you are Lands staff doing field work, please contact your manager to arrange access.

If you are staff and wonder whether your FOB will be deactivated for this period, please contact your manager.

If you are staff and you require building access during this time, please contact your manager who will work with you to schedule an access time with Reception.
Email reception at KNCReception@ktunaxa.org.

Thank you for your cooperation as we prioritize Citizen, Community and staff health and safety.

Update on Ktunaxa Kinbasket Child and Family Services
KKCFSS will continue to offer all services and remain open while operating
within the confines of the provincial guidelines and continue to follow COVID-19 procedures.

During this time all non-essential travel is prohibited for staff.

All meetings are to be done virtually, if possible.

KKCFSS Website

KKCFSS (250) 489-4563
After-Hours 1-800-663-9122 or 250-310-1234
Akisqnuk (250) 342-6379
Lower Kootenay – RCMP: 911 (250) 428-7414
Crisis Line (250) 310-6789
Suicide Crisis 1-800-784-2433
Foundry Online 1-833-308-6379

Health Clinic Update

Open with reduced in-person services from 8:30 to 4:30 on weekdays.

The Ktunaxa Nation Council Health Clinic is taking appointments via telephone,
and will continue to conduct health appointments by phone, unless in-person visits are absolutely required.
To set up an appointment, please call 250-420-2700.

Social Sector Services Update

Social Sector staff who are able to work from home are currently required to do so.

As we continue to respond to the impacts of Covid-19 within an ongoing overdose crisis within British Columbia, Scotty’s, Street Angel, Detox, and Recovery programs will continue to operate as usual, with all Covid-19 related precautions in place.

Enhanced screening and cleaning procedures will be made available at these facilities, as we endeavor to minimize the disruption to our clients while continuing to ensure their health and safety, and the health and safety of our staff as well.



Ktunaxa Nation Council cancels annual Charity Golf Tournament

For Immediate Release

May 10, 2021

Ktunaxa Nation Council cancels annual Charity Golf Tournament

ʔamakʔis Ktunaxa / St. Eugene Golf Resort Casino / ʔaq̓am / Cranbrook
The Ktunaxa Nation Council (KNC) has cancelled the 2021 Annual Charity Golf Tournament which was to take place in June at St. Eugene Golf Resort, in the ʔaq̓am Community.

Kathryn Teneese, Nation Chair, said the decision is necessary to reduce the potential for COVID-19 virus transmission.

“The cancellation reflects the current best practices and health recommendations in regards to mass gatherings and non-essential travel,” Teneese said. “This is the second year we are cancelling the tournament due to the pandemic.”

Teneese said this year would have been the 21th annual tournament, which started originally to bring more people to St. Eugene Golf, Resort and Casino. Over the years, the focus moved to support the Nation’s Traditional Knowledge and Language sector, which does important work in many areas, including Ktunaxa language renewal.

“The golf tournament is one of our biggest, most successful and most-loved events, as it brings people together in a spirit of camaraderie and fun,” Teneese said.

Cindy Soukoroff, Head Golf Professional at St. Eugene, said the golf course is still open, as the resort has taken steps to ensure small parties of golfers are abiding by current guidelines.

“The course is open, and we are now in our twenty-first season,” Soukoroff said, “With current restrictions for non-essential travel we encourage our local area residents to take advantage of the great EK rates for our early season conditions while following our current protocols.  We look forward to welcoming our guests from further regions when the time is right.”

For more information about the Ktunaxa Nation Council, visit Ktunaxa.org.
Visit steugene.ca for more info about St. Eugene Golf Resort Casino.
For current course conditions, visit: https://www.steugene.ca/en/webcam/

Call to Gather: Qat’muk IPCA

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Celebrate the future of Qat’muk

The Call to Gather is for Ktunaxa people.

Two sessions to choose from:
May 20 from 5 to 8 pm.
May 21 from 1 to 4 pm.

Join by Zoom on your computer or phone.

See below for how to sign up…

Learn about the next chapter of Qat’muk through the establishment of an IPCA.
Join one of the sessions and receive a $50 stipend for your participation,
plus early notification about focus groups in June.
For more information on IPCA, please contact
Chad Luke (CMLuke@ktunaxa.org) or
Jim Clarricoates (jclarricoates@ktunaxa.org).

To sign up, please contact Melissa Teneese at MRTeneese@ktunaxa.org
Assistance is available if you have tech challenges due to the virtual nature
of the gathering. You can attend the gathering via cell phone as well.