Ktunaxa Nation Council appalled to learn Teck Coal has appealed the Province’s penalties for water quality pollution

Ktunaxa Nation Council appalled to learn Teck Coal has appealed the Province’s penalties for water quality pollution

 ʔa·kisk̓aqǂiʔit / Cranbrook, B.C.:

Despite reporting revenues exceeding $10 Billion CAD from its coal business unit in 2022, Teck Coal Ltd. (Teck) has chosen to file appeals to the January 2023 decisions by the Ministry of the Environment (ENV).

The ENV decisions resulted in penalties in excess of $16 Million CAD to the company for impacts to water quality in Ktunaxa ʔamakʔis, including continued exceedances of water quality limits and the failure to build and operate water treatment required under Provincial permits.

“During the time frames outlined in the penalty determinations, hundreds of thousands of kilograms of untreated contaminants—which were required to be treated—instead entered the Elk and Kootenay rivers,” Ktunaxa Nation Chair Kathryn Teneese has noted.

The Ktunaxa Nation Council (KNC) was encouraged by the provincial decision maker’s determinations, which include the recognition of Ktunaxa perspectives, jurisdiction, and involvement in trying to protect ʔa·kxam̓ is q̓api qapsin (All Living Things), including water.

These determinations demonstrate that provincial regulatory enforcement action is finally moving to hold industry accountable for its pollution in the Elk Valley.

While Teck’s appeals do not deny it failed to comply with permit conditions designed to protect the environment, the company is still seeking to have the penalties substantially reduced.

Teck contesting the penalties as too high appears to be in conflict with Teck’s own Indigenous People’s Policy, which speaks to respecting Indigenous perspectives and addressing adverse impacts from its mining operations.

“That Teck would use legal avenues to avoid and minimize responsibility rather than taking accountability for harms to the environment by paying these penalties and improving its performance is disappointing,” said Teneese. “Particularly given that KNC’s involvement was significant in informing the Ministry’s decisions and penalties.”

The Ktunaxa Nation Council views these appeals as disrespectful to both Ktunaxa exercising jurisdiction in their homelands and the regulatory regime intended to protect the environment, particularly when considering that the penalties issued to Teck amount to a mere 0.16% of the company’s 2022 coal revenues.

The Ktunaxa Nation Council will continue to advocate for ʔa·kxam̓ is q̓api qapsin, and to support compliance and enforcement actions and processes, including the determinations made by ENV on January 31, 2023.


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KNC recognizes Province for enforcing water quality regulatory requirements

KNC recognizes Province for enforcing regulatory requirements intended to address water quality pollution

Recent penalties to Teck reflect consideration of Ktunaxa rights and technical input

February 8, 2023

ʔa·kisk̓aqǂiʔit / Cranbrook, B.C.:
The Ktunaxa Nation Council recognizes B.C.’s Ministry of the Environment for acknowledging Ktunaxa rights and title, and KNC technical submissions, in its recent decision to enforce penalties to industry for not meeting water quality treatment and mitigation requirements in the Elk Valley.

In three determinations released on January 31, 2023, the Ministry’s Compliance and Environmental Enforcement Branch issued ‘administrative penalties’ in excess of $16 Million CAD to Teck Coal Ltd., for impacts to water quality in Qukin ʔamakʔis (the Elk Valley).

Natural Resources Compliance and Enforcement Database

“The KNC highlights the acknowledgement made in these determinations that the mining activities and associated impacts are within Ktunaxa territory, and that KNC will continue to be consulted on the issues that impact our rights and title and these waterways,” said Kathryn Teneese, KNC Chair.

“We have been resolute and consistent in our desire to see improvements in the mine-impacted waters in the Elk Valley, and are glad to see our contributions to this review process were well-considered in the determinations.”

“During the time frames outlined in the penalty determinations, hundreds of thousands of kilograms of untreated contaminants—which were required to be treated—instead entered the Elk and Kootenay rivers,” Teneese said.

Multiple years of non-compliance with legal regulatory requirements for water quality have had a high impact on the environment and Ktunaxa harvesting rights and cultural practices.

It is Teck’s responsibility, as the permit holder for mine operations in the Elk Valley, to design, construct, and operate water treatment mitigation to reduce the water quality contamination from coal mining operations. The failure to meet water quality limits and treatment timelines signals a serious deviation from the “valley-wide” permit. This is recognized to undermine the integrity of the regulatory regime, interfering with the Ministry’s capacity to protect and conserve the environment. It also contributes to a significant cross-boundary contamination issue.

The Administrative Penalties issued to Teck were determined under the Province’s Environmental Management Act (EMA). The Compliance and Environmental Enforcement Branch reviewed information submitted by Teck and by KNC in reaching its determinations.

“The purpose of the EMA is to protect the environment, and waste discharge standards are one way this purpose can be realized,” Teneese said. “But the standards are only as meaningful as the compliance that backs them up.

“It’s good to see the enforcement branch taking action, and we hope these actions will result in improved performance.”

KNC views the determinations as a meaningful step toward reconciliation from the Ministry of the Environment. The determinations show that B.C. recognizes the role of Ktunaxa as the stewards of ʔamakʔis Ktunaxa, and state that Ktunaxa perspective will continue to inform the process and decision-making around water quality mitigation in the Elk Valley.


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Ktunaxa solidarity with T’exelcemc


Ktunaxa solidarity with T’exelcemc

Standing with survivors as knowledge is confirmed and shared

ʔa·kisk̓aqǂiʔit / Cranbrook, B.C.:
This week, the Chief and Council of Williams Lake First Nation (WLFN) released the preliminary geophysical results from the second phase of the St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School investigation. In a presentation shared online by the WLFN, Chief Willie Sellars shared results and noted there is an abundance of evidence they are examining: Geophysical, documentary and forensic.

Kathryn Teneese, Ktunaxa Nation Council Chair, and Nasuʔkin Joe Pierre of ʔaq̓am, expressed solidarity with the T’exelcemc (people of the Williams Lake First Nation).

“Our hearts go out to those survivors who are directly impacted by any knowledge confirmed and shared by these researches,” said Kathryn Teneese. “And to all attendees and every relative of those who attended St. Joseph’s.”

“Our survivors are standing with your survivors,” said Nasuʔkin Joe Pierre of ʔaq̓am. “We know how residential schools have impacted our people and our Nations, and realize we are in this journey of healing together.”

The Ktunaxa community of ʔaq̓am was also the site of a residential school–Kootenay Indian Residential School–which was closed in 1970. Like St. Joseph’s in Williams Lake, it was primarily run by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate of the Roman Catholic Church.

ʔaq̓am Community began an investigation involving ground-penetrating radar (GPR) into the ʔaq̓am Cemetery in February of 2020. The cemetery is adjacent to the current St. Eugene Mission Resort, (the building that was once the Kootenay Indian Residential School).

“We began our work in ʔaq̓am Cemetery as part of our caretaking and maintenance duties,” Pierre said. “This is our community cemetery, in use to this day and into the future. We realized the wooden crosses were being lost to the elements, so we began the careful work to re-establish the appropriate markers.

“We are, like Williams Lake First Nation, intent on investigating in the right way by listening to our Elders for guidance and consulting with experts in data gathering and analysis.”

Teneese added, “As our Nations walk together through these ongoing projects, and the information they reveal, we would like to acknowledge Williams Lake First Nation for their sensitive handling of this work, and to send the T’exelcemc and all residential school survivors and their families our wishes for ongoing healing.”

The Indian Residential School Survivors Society operates a crisis line to assist those impacted.
The 24-hour Crisis Line is 1.800.721.0066. http://irsss.ca/


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Cranbrook Urgent & Primary Care Centre marks one year anniversary

(December 15, 2022)

The Numa Ka.Kin drum group (Moose, Deanna, Chris and Patrick) helped mark the one-year anniversary of the Cranbrook Urgent & Primary Care Centre. (Photo courtesy East Kootenay Division of Family Practice)

Cranbrook Urgent & Primary Care Centre marks one year anniversary

ʔa·kisk̓aqǂiʔit \ Cranbrook, B.C. –

The Cranbrook Urgent & Primary Care Centre (UPCC) is marking one year of expanded access to services and team-based health care in the community.

Between Dec. 8, 2021, and Oct. 31, 2022, there have been 25,095 appointments provided, and 6,522 unique patients have been served at this location.

“It’s exciting the Cranbrook UPCC is celebrating this significant anniversary. Throughout the past year, the centre has provided more people with better access to team-based health care while receiving crucial treatment in their community,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health.

Urgent and primary care centres support people who are experiencing non-life-threatening conditions and need to see a health-care provider within 12 to 24 hours, but they do not require an emergency department visit.

“We have been trying to improve access to care for the community, and I hope that people without a family doctor or nurse practitioner have been able to receive quality comprehensive care,” said Dr. Paula Dubois, UPCC family physician. “We appreciate everyone’s patience as they wait to be seen.”

The UPCC is part of the East Kootenay Primary Care Network (EK PCN), a group of regional health care providers who work together to offer comprehensive, person-centered health care that is equitable and culturally safe.

“The care centre, and the partnership that supports it, is beneficial to the Ktunaxa Nation. It’s vital to our people to have access to these services and to culturally safe care. We’re establishing that here, including bringing in Ktunaxa language and respecting our cultural values,” said Jared Basil, Ktunaxa Cultural Safety Educator with Ktunaxa Nation Council.

The Cranbrook UPCC currently has 24 employees, including a social worker, two physiotherapists, an occupational therapist, six registered nurses, three nurse practitioners, three family physicians and seven medial office assistants. Interior Health and the EK PCN are continuing recruitment efforts so that the centre will be fully staffed in the near future.

The UPCC is located in the Baker Street Professional Centre at 1311 2nd St. N., the former Cranbrook mall downtown.

The UPCC is a team based environment that currently offers urgent care, maternity care and allied health services.

The team-based approach to care means more people have added support for their immediate and long-term health needs.

“All members of the health care team are integral to providing comprehensive care. Through a collaborative approach, we regularly communicate with each other, along with patients, regarding how best to support those with complex medical and social needs,” said. Dr. Dubois. “I think patients benefit greatly from having access to the team.”

“The UPCC sees more than 100 people per day, and patients are connected with the health-care provider that best meets their needs such as a physician, nurse, physiotherapist, social worker and so on,” said Tara Fiedler-Graham, nurse practitioner.

“We are fortunate to have PCN community services housed within the centre. These services provide timely and affordable access to allied health.”

Cranbrook resident Katy Fedorchuk recently accessed PCN physiotherapy services at the UPCC after her family doctor referred her to the PCN physiotherapist to treat golfers’ elbow. PCN services are available to all Cranbrook residents either by referral through a family doctor or referral through a primary care provider at the UPCC.

“On my first visit with the physiotherapist, I was provided information on the problem, as well as instructed on exercises that would be beneficial to the healing process,” said Fedorchuk.

“Being taught when and how to properly do these exercises resulted in a significant improvement over the two-week period between my appointments. I found the process all very straight forward, supportive and timely — the UPCC is in a good location, staff are friendly, and I was happy to have access to this health care service.”

The UPCC is currently open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on statutory holidays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Cranbrook UPCC is a collaboration between Interior Health, Ministry of Health, Kootenay East Regional Hospital District, East Kootenay Division of Family Practice and Ktunaxa Nation.

Trudeau hosts the world on biodiversity, but dismisses First Nations at home


Photo: Kootenai Tribe of Idaho

As Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hosts the international community in Montreal this week for the United Nations Biodiversity Conference, the six Indigenous governments from the transboundary Ktunaxa Nation are calling him out on his own country’s failure to honour the Ktunaxa Nation’s sovereignty and protect ecosystems and species from mine pollution.

In a joint letter, the six Ktunaxa Nation governments call for the leaders of Canada and the U.S. to act now to address the legacy and ongoing impacts of open-pit coal mining in the Elk Valley of southeast British Columbia. Over a century of mountain top removal mining has laid waste to the traditional territory of the Ktunaxa Nation, contaminating the transboundary Kootenay(i) River and fish that depend on it, and delivering mine pollution hundreds of kilometres downstream, into Montana, Idaho and into the Columbia River watershed, as it flows back into Canada.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Nation’s unanswered request that Canada join with them and the United States on a reference to the International Joint Commission to address legacy and ongoing contamination from large-scale coal mining in the Transboundary Kootenay(i) Watershed.

“We write to remind you of your commitments to Indigenous governments and ask that you adhere to the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909,” the six Nation governments urge in the letter, adding, “Canada’s obligations under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) and the United States commitment to Nation-to-Nation engagement and Environmental Justice for Indigenous Peoples are being flagrantly disregarded.”

Nasuʔkins (Chiefs) and Council Members from the six Ktunaxa governments of Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi’it First Nation [Tobacco Plains]; ʔakisq̓nuk̓ First Nation [Windermere]; Yaqan Nuʔkiy [Lower Kootenay Band]; ʔaq̓am [Cranbrook]; Kupawiȼq̓nuk [Ksanka Band, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes]; and ʔaq̓anqmi [Kootenai Tribe of Idaho] have joined together across their traditional territory, which spans the boundary between the United States and Canada, to demand action on the environmental and cultural devastation arising from the Elk Valley of southeast British Columbia.

Canada’s role as host to the United Nations Biodiversity Conference this week underscores the country’s hypocrisy in refusing to honour the Ktunaxa Nation’s request to join them in a reference to the International Joint Commission to address the mining impacts in the Kootenay(i) River.

“How is it that Prime Minister Trudeau and Canada can commit to halting biodiversity loss through real collaboration with Indigenous Peoples, and yet completely disregard our plea to act in solidarity for a decade? Is this what honoring Indigenous governments looks like in Canada?” asks Chairman Tom McDonald from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, sister government to the Ktunaxa in Canada.

Insult was added to injury when recent Freedom of Information requests revealed collusion across the mining industry, the province of British Columbia and Trudeau’s government; all aimed at defeating the Ktunaxa Nation request for an International Joint Commission reference, excluding them from decision-making, and preventing an objective and transparent process to address this legacy mining issue.

“We stand united in the Ktunaxa principle of the reciprocal stewardship of ʔa·kxam̓is q̓api qapsin (All Living Things),” said Ktunaxa Nation Chair Kathryn Teneese.

“This means a one-river approach that isn’t hindered by a willful lack of engagement or coal mining profits and that recognizes the fundamental need for clean water, healthy fish, and the protection of biodiversity. There are solutions to be found—the IJC reference is the next step to finding them.”

Vice Chairman Gary Aitken Jr., leadership of the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, shared the following remarks, “The Kootenai River is the lifeblood of our people, and of the Kootenai River white sturgeon and burbot. Pollution from these Canadian mines threatens to permanently destroy all of this. How can Trudeau promise to stand by Indigenous governments and address global deterioration of biodiversity and ignore this request at home to honor UNDRIP and the Boundary Waters Treaty?”

As the international community gathers in Montreal this week for the United Nations COP15 Biodiversity Conference, we’re calling on Canada to truly commit to the meeting’s goal of protecting nature and respecting the rights of Indigenous Peoples and join the United States and the six governments of the transboundary Ktunaxa Nation in a joint reference to the International Joint Commission.


Read the joint letter HERE

Review the released documents HERE

For comment:

Kathryn Teneese, Chair, Ktunaxa Nation Council

Rich Janssen, Department Head, Natural Resources Department, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Richard.Janssen@cskt.org, 406-261-3356

Shawn Young, Director, Fish and Wildlife Department, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, young@kootenai.org, 208-597-4490

Additional story:

Statement: KNC on released documents regarding Kootenay Watershed pollution

Statement: KNC on released documents regarding Kootenay Watershed pollution

Documents: Global Affairs Canada shelves a joint international initiative to address Kootenay watershed selenium contamination

Canada’s failure to respect binding international law and address pollution is a serious concern to all who call the Kootenay watershed their home  


ʔa·kisk̓aqǂiʔit (Cranbrook, B.C.):

The Ktunaxa Nation Council Society (KNC) recently received documents under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) which show the Province of B.C. may have pressured Canada to drop its support for a joint US-Canada study into pollution in the Kootenay Watershed. The documents are posted on the Provincial website.

In April of 2022, Global Affairs Canada notified KNC that it would no longer support a ‘reference’ to the International Joint Commission (IJC) to study and seek solutions to the transboundary selenium contamination due to mining activities in the Elk Valley in British Columbia.

The IJC is an independent Canadian-U.S. body that mediates transboundary water disputes. It is guided by the Boundary Waters Treaty, signed by Canada and the United States in 1909.

The released documents reveal that officials from the highest levels of the Federal and provincial governments engaged in discussions about the reference which excluded Ktunaxa and ignored Ktunaxa title, rights and governance authority.

In the context of continued pollution, the abandonment of the IJC reference for the Kootenay watershed by Canada came as a shock to the Ktunaxa First Nations and sister tribes in the U.S., the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) and Kootenai Tribe of Idaho (KTOI).

The failure of Canada to live up to and respect binding international law is a serious concern to all who call the Kootenay watershed their home.

Global Affairs Canada (GAC) had been working with US Department of State on a concept paper to support the possible joint reference which was intended to be shared at the April, 2022 bilateral meeting. GAC refused to share the draft paper and other critically important information with the Ktunaxa First Nations, while sharing information with B.C. directly and allowing the province to access Federal decision makers. This is a breach of the federal government’s duty to consult.

Despite both Canada and B.C. having committed to fully implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the released documents fail to demonstrate, or even acknowledge, these commitments. UNDRIP includes the recognition of the rights and jurisdictions of Indigenous Peoples, and the obligation of governments to obtain their free, prior and informed consent before making decisions or taking actions that affect their rights and lands.


For decades the Province of B.C. has approved coal mine developments in the Elk Valley which have been shown to impair the water quality of the Kootenay watershed.

Leadership of the Ktunaxa First Nations have expressed concerns about the cumulative effects of industrial activities in the watershed and the failure of provincial and Federal regulatory regimes to mitigate the impacts.

Ten years ago the joint councils of the KNC, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) and Kootenai Tribe of Idaho (KTOI) first requested Federal action through a reference to the IJC regarding concerns for the Kootenay watershed and ʔa·kxam̓is q̓api qapsin (All Living Things) within it.

This spring selenium levels at the international boundary peaked at 2.4 micrograms per litre, which is three times Montana’s site-specific selenium standard of 0.8 micrograms per litre.

Exceedances of this magnitude pose risk to aquatic life. In light of these risks, there is a long-standing need for Federal involvement in the non-partisan search for solutions.

The Ktunaxa First Nations and the KNC continue to support the requests made by Montana Department of Environmental Quality, CSKT and KTOI, and the US Environmental Protection Agency and US Geological Survey to have an IJC reference that evaluates and makes independent, scientifically based recommendations on the transboundary selenium contamination in this watershed.

While there has been unprecedented support from the IJC commissioners and from US Department of State, the Canadian government remains non-committal on meeting its obligations and commitments to ensure that the waters of the Kootenay watershed are healthy for the generations to come.

The Ktunaxa First Nations stand united with the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho and Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in the Ktunaxa principle of reciprocal stewardship of ʔa·kxam̓is q̓api qapsin and a one-river approach, irrespective of any imposed international boundary.


Contact: Ktunaxa Nation Council

To review the released documents: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/enSearch/detail?id=26EE74C124B8476EA280E7A3C823A2D8&recorduid=OOP-2022-21404&keyword=FOI

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#KtunaxaHomelands campaign earns national award

#KtunaxaHomelands Earns National Award
from the Economic Developers Association of Canada

ʔa·kisk̓aqǂiʔit / Cranbrook, BC (October 26, 2022) – The City of Cranbrook recently accepted a national award from the Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) for Best Advertising Campaign.

The award recognized the exceptional work produced in the Ktunaxa Homelands campaign, which launched in the spring of 2022.

The campaign, which depicted the Ktunaxa Creation Story through a three-part video series, was a collaboration between the Ktunaxa Nation, Cranbrook Tourism, Tourism Fernie and Tourism Kimberley.

The Ktunaxa Homelands campaign aims to help locals and visitors gain an understanding of how the Rockies and Kootenay waterways were formed, while appreciating the significance of the Hoodoos, all from a Ktunaxa perspective.

The Ktunaxa Nation Council Economic Investment Sector and their partners started work on the promotional campaign in 2020.

Janice Alpine, responsible for Ktunaxa Tourism Engagement, recognized that the Kootenay Region—her homeland of Ktunaxa ʔamakʔis—was not a well-known location, yet was a part of “SuperNatural BC,” and “Beautiful BC” campaigns.

Alpine recognized that the Ktunaxa story and perspective were needed to support those campaigns, and were clearly missing.

“As we reclaim our stories of the land, we can now share with our neighbours and visitors,” she said. “We want to create an experience to be held in the memory, which can be taken away and revisited anytime.”

Darren Brewer, Business Development Office for the City of Cranbrook accepted the award at the EDAC’s annual conference in Kingston, Ontario, in early October.

“It was an honor to accept this prestigious national award on behalf of our communities,” he said. “Ktunaxa Homelands won the award for ‘Best Advertising Campaign’ in its budget category, and was a ‘best of budget’ contender for the EDAC Cup, which recognizes the top-three, ‘best-of-the-best’ in Canada.

“Thank you and congratulations to everyone who contributed, especially to Janice Alpine and Kristy Jahn Smith, whose vision and passion created this meaningful initiative. This award is a testament to teamwork, and it provided a national stage for the Ktunaxa Homelands project.”

Alpine said that “Visitors to our homelands are looking for answers to questions like ‘Is there a tribe here?’ and ‘What did they use this land for?’ They want to know about places they visit, the places they paddle, hike to, bike through. Right where they are standing—what does that place mean to Ktunaxa?”

She added that it was only through the support of the partners, including the destination management organizations, Columbia Basin Trust, Destination BC and Ktunaxa citizens, that the Ktunaxa Homelands campaign was realized.

Collaboration Lead Kristy-Jahn Smith of Cranbrook Tourism, said, “Visitors to our region want to know the history of this place, and we know we have a role to play in communicating the broader history of our region and its first peoples.

“We want to support Ktunaxa in telling their stories in their words. I feel we have achieved that in this collaboration, and look forward to more work together in future.”

The project spanned across the Ktunaxa Homelands, including the communities of Cranbrook, Kimberley, and Fernie, and was supported with funding from the communities as well as the Columbia Basin Trust, Destination British Columbia.

Learn more at cranbrooktourism.com/blog/the-creation-of-the-ktunaxa-homelands.

Media release from EDAC: Ktunaxa Homelands – EDAC

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Pop Up Focus Groups on ʔamakʔis ʔaȼ̓pu

The goal of this project is to begin to develop a Ktunaxa knowledge base on cumulative effects for the benefit of Ktunaxa communities.

Please see the poster for information…

  • October 17th is for booking individual interviews (either in person for via zoom), 1-2hrs in length
  • October 18th we are offering an open house/round table session for two hours over lunch (from 11-1pm)
  • We could also offer interviews on the 18th before or after the round table, upon request.

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Fall Covid Booster Clinic: Drop In on October 13, 2022

The Ktunaxa Health Nurses will  be offering a Drop in COVID fall booster clinic for those aged 18+.

One dose is recommended for everyone 5 years of age and older, however at this clinic we will only be offering the adult  product for those 18 years and older.

It is recommended that people wait at least 6 months after their primary series or previous booster to get their fall booster.

This is because more time between doses may result in better protection against COVID-19. However, the fall booster may be given as soon as 3 months after a primary series or previous booster.

At this clinic you will be offered the bivalent Moderna vaccine . Bivalent vaccines provide better protection against the Omicron variants of COVID-19.

What does Bivalent mean? A “bivalent” COVID-19 vaccine targets two COVID-19 strains.

On September 1, 2022, Health Canada approved the Moderna Spikevax Bivalent COVID-19 vaccine for use as a booster dose in individuals 18 years of age or older.
This is the first bivalent Omicron-containing mRNA COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in Canada.
This vaccine targets two COVID-19 strains; the original COVID-19 virus from 2019 and the Omicron BA.1 variant. It is only approved for use as a booster dose. It is safe and effective.
This vaccine is anticipated to provide stronger and broader protection, including against the Omicron variants that have been circulating and continue to be the most common subvariants in BC.

“Bivalent” or combination vaccines are very common—the most common is the influenza vaccine which protects against 3 to 4 strains of influenza.

Tell me more about the clinic ?

WHO: Anyone 18 years and older who identifies as Indigenous, who has had 2, 3 or 4 doses of COVID vaccine previously.

WHAT: Bivalent Moderna vaccine is being offered

WHEN Thursday October 13th between 9am-12pm DROP IN

WHERE @ the Ktunaxa Health clinic. Please enter through the outside clinic doors.

WHY: The Bivalent Moderna vaccine is recommended this fall for anyone who has previously received 2, 3 or 4 doses of COVID vaccine. This bivalent vaccine provides better protection against the variants of COVID-19.

Have questions ? Click the link below, or call the Ktunaxa Health nurses 250-420-2700


If you do not identify as indigenous or this date does not work for you, please follow this link for alternative booking options. You can also book an appointment for your child through interior health, public health.






Ktuq̓ȼqakyam: ¢̕upnakutnamu (Fall, 2022)

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