Ktunaxa Basics Videos

Ktunaxa Nation: Learning Some Basics

Kiʾsuʾk wiⱡnam,

On behalf of the Ktunaxa Nation, we wish to share some videos to help us all through the social distancing. We hope these videos will help you feel less isolated, we are in this together. If you would like to suggest a new topic, please email Donald Sam.

Ktunaxa Basics 1: ʔamak̓is ktunaxa:
The Land of the Ktunaxa: How our stories define who we are, where we come from and how we understand the world around us.


Ktunaxa Basics 2: ka·kikiǂ haqwaǂa:

Deep Cultural Concepts: What are some of the things that were amazing enough to be passed down through our families? Why is culture so important, and sometimes difficult, to pass on and to share?


Ktunaxa Basics 3: ʔa·knumuȼtiǂiǂ:

How We Get Along: Traditional Ktunaxa leadership calls for collective observation, understanding and problem solving. It involves consideration for each other and learning about expectations so we can be present with respect.

Ktunaxa Basics 4: ʔa·kǂukaqwum:

From One Mind to Many: How we share ideas with others through our language. Finding a deeper understanding of why Ktunaxa Speakers don’t just put Ktunaxa words on English grammar.


Ktunaxa Basics 5: ʔiǂkiǂwiynam:

Becoming Wise: Ktunaxa Ways of Knowing. The inter-generational transmission of knowledge includes learning to find our hearts as we make decisions. We see the responsibility of learning as shared by both learner and mentor.

Ktunaxa Basics 6: Colonization:

Colonization: Our networks help us be resilient within the context of colonization. You wouldn’t judge a fish for not being able to climb a tree. Let’s not judge ourselves for ways we’re distinct from colonizers.


Ktunaxa Basics 7: CIRSS:

The ‘Canadian Indian’ Residential School System: Dr. Horsethief shares a perspective on a system that was deliberately designed to enact sustained genocide.



Ktunaxa Nation Council government moves to remote services delivery, announces closures

For Immediate Release

March 20, 2020


Ktunaxa Nation Council government moves to remote services delivery, announces closures


Ktunaxa Traditional Territory/Columbia Valley

In order to reduce the potential for transmission of the COVID-19 virus and to protect public health, the Ktunaxa Nation Council government offices and facilities are now closed to the public. Most staff are working from home, and most program delivery is now via remote connection, such as online or by phone.


Shawna Janvier, Chief Administrative Officer for the Nation, said the decision to move to remote service delivery was made to align with current best practices.


“The Nation and our communities are doing what we can to protect public health and safety, given this unprecedented emergency,” Janvier said. “We know the limitation of some of our services, such health services, and the closure of others, such as daycares, will create challenges for our communities.


“We also know that, like every other municipality, government and service provider, this is our golden opportunity to take steps to reduce harm before it reaches a crisis point regionally,
and we intend to do our utmost to support all community members through this period.”


Janvier said the Nation is still delivering services wherever possible, as possible.


“Most KNC staff are still available,” Janvier said. “Just not for ‘face-to-face’ meetings.
We encourage people to reach out by phone or email to their usual contacts in each sector.”


Those who would like to share information with the Nation’s emergency preparedness team can email EPC@ktunaxa.org.


“Our communities and staff are making the best of a challenging situation,” Janvier said. “We acknowledge them for doing the right thing and we look forward to reopening our government buildings and re-establishing ‘services as usual’ as soon as we are able.”

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Ktunaxa Kinbasket Treaty Meeting Vancouver (Burnaby)

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News Release on Signing of LoA

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2015 AGA Registration Form



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Day Camp/Daycare Health Form

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