Flag raising in Invermere

Hey Everyone, and Ktunaxanin̓tik in particular!
Raise the flag and celebrate with Akisqnuk First Nation!
What are you doing on May 17, 2024?
Will you be in INVERMERE?
How about swinging by the recently acquired AFN building there?
–> #625 4th Street, Invermere <–
This is to celebrate and raise the Ktunaxa Nation flag!
There will be food, entertainment, children’s activities and ʔaq̓am Nasuʔkin Joe Pierre will tell the Ktunaxa Creation Story.
Everyone is welcome and it’s going to be a beautiful day…

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Ktunaxa Citizens’ Excellence Awards & Grants, 2024

Ktunaxa Citizens’ Excellence Awards & Grant


This year, you can nominate Ktunaxa Citizens for one of three (3) Excellence Honour Awards.

–>Nomination Form is HERE

You can also apply as a Ktunaxa Citizen or Group for an Excellence Grant Award.

–> Grant Award Application is HERE

You can nominate or apply no matter where you live.

Closing date is April 26, 2024.

The awards and grant aim to support and celebrate Ktunaxa excellence in the following areas:

      • Cultural Knowledge and Language
      • Sports
      • Arts and Entertainment
      • Business and Career

Ktunaxa Citizens’ Excellence Honour Awards

Honour Award Categories

These awards are given out in three categories,
and recognize excellence in one of the four areas mentioned above.

  1. Lifetime Achievement
  2. Recognition
  3. Language Learners’


The Lifetime Achievement Award
is awarded each year to someone who is still with us, and who has, during their lifetime,
made a significant contribution to the Ktunaxa Nation in any of the areas.

The Recognition Award
is awarded each year in recognition of a high level of success achieved by a Ktunaxa Citizen or Group.

The Language Learners’ Award
is awarded to those who have committed to learning the Ktunaxa language,
and who have reached a specific milestone level of formal language learning as follows:

  • Seedling (at least 100 hours of learning)
  • Bud (at least 300 hours of learning)
  • Bloom (at least 500 hours of learning)


Any Ktunaxa Citizen or Ktunaxa Citizens’ Group

The nominator must be Ktunaxa and can be a Citizen, First Nation, or Group.
The nominator(s) must complete the application form provided,
or provide a letter of no more than three pages, with the following required details:

  • Under which of the three Honour Awards is the nomination being made?
  • Name and mailing address of the individual or group being nominated
    and the name of the Ktunaxa First Nation they are affiliated with, if applicable.
  • A few paragraphs describing the person’s or group’s contribution or success in their field.
  • What this person’s or group’s involvement has meant to their community or to the Ktunaxa Nation.
  • One paragraph describing the nominator’s relationship to the nominee.
  • The signature of the nominator.

Please note, nominations that do not include all of the required information will be considered incomplete.
We will return them to the nominator for completion.
Completed nominations that are received after the stated submission date will not be considered.

The successful nominees will be selected by the Ktunaxa Citizens’ Excellence Awards Committee (KCEA).

Lifetime Achievement: Cash award of $1000
Recognition: Cash award of $500
Language Learners: Cash award of $500

Recipients will also receive a gift commemorating their achievement.

The successful nominees and their nominator(s) will be notified by letter.

Awards are presented at a Ktunaxa gathering or celebration.
The date will be in May of 2024. We are waiting on confirmation of the exact date.
The location will be at the Ktunaxa Nation Council Building in Cranbrook.
200 Cranbrook St. North

You have some options!

Mail to:
Ktunaxa Nation Council
7825 Mission Rd.
Cranbrook, BC  V1C 7E5
Attn:  Ktunaxa Citizens’ Excellence Awards

Drop off: Ktunaxa Nation Council office, 220 Cranbrook St. North in Cranbrook

Email: Rachelle Sebastian (RachelleF.Sebastian@ktunaxa.org)

or Fax: 250-489-2438

You can pick up a nomination form at the Ktunaxa Nation Council office in Cranbrook.

You can download a nomination form HERE.

This is a fillable PDF.

If you open it up in Acrobat Reader, you can type in the responses.

Then you can save it and email it to RachelleF.Sebastian@ktunaxa.org,

or print it out and mail it in to the address listed above.



Ktunaxa Citizens’ Excellence GRANTS

Excellence Grants are awarded to encourage Ktunaxa Citizens and Groups
who have reached an advanced level of success in one of the award areas.

There will be one Excellence Grant awarded in this round.

Examples of advanced levels of success would be something like competitive level sports such as Junior A or AA hockey, Level 4 or higher in gymnastics, competitive traditional dance, and practice levels of traditional knowledge or language.

Grant FAQs

Any Ktunaxa citizen or Ktunaxa Team/Group who has reached an advanced level of success in one of the award areas may apply.
Applicants may be required to provide proof of their success level, if requested.

The maximum that can be applied for is $5000 (five thousand dollars).

Applications are accepted anytime throughout the year.
Each applicant may only receive one grant per year.
Each recipient is only eligible for a lifetime limit of $5000.
If a parent or guardian is making this application on behalf of a child that is under the age of 18,
the applicant named in the application should be the child, not the parent or guardian.

Application forms are attached.
Electronic forms are also available from the Ktunaxa Nation Council Communications. (info@ktunaxa.org)
Application forms must be completed in full.
Please note, applications that are not completed in full, or do not include all of the required information,
will be considered to be incomplete and will be returned to the applicant for completion

When you fill in the application form, you will be asked for your name and contact info, plus the details of your request or need.

You will provide a cost breakdown of your expenses, and are invited to provide up to three letters of support.

Applications will be considered by the Ktunaxa Citizens’ Excellence Awards Committee (KCEA).
Approvals are subject to availability of funds, as the KCEA overall has an annual limit.

Applicants will be notified by letter if their application was approved or not.
If the application is not approved, the KCEA committee will provide the reason that it was not approved.

Mail to:
Ktunaxa Nation Council
7825 Mission Rd.
Cranbrook, BC  V1C 7E5
Attn:  Ktunaxa Citizens’ Excellence Awards

Email: Rachelle Sebastian (RachelleF.Sebastian@ktunaxa.org)

or Fax: 250-489-2438

You can find a fillable PDF form HERE.


You can also pick up an application form at the Ktunaxa Nation Council office in Cranbrook.



2024 Ktunaxa Nation Golf Tournament

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Annual General Assembly 2024

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IJC reference: First of many steps to restore Elk-Kootenay watershed, Ktunaxa leaders say

In Partnership with the Transboundary Ktunaxa Nation, U.S. and Canada Take Important First Step to Address Mining Pollution in the Elk-Kootenai/y Watershed

The United States and Canada have finally agreed to submit the Elk-Kootenai mining pollution issue to the International Joint Commission, taking the first of many steps to begin to restore the watershed and to honor their commitments and obligations to the Ktunaxa Nation.

For Release:  March 11, 2024, 1 p.m. EDT (11 a.m. MST)

Leadership of the transboundary Ktunaxa Nation—the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, and the Ktunaxa First Nations of ʔakisq̓nuk, ʔaq̓am, Yaqan Nuʔkiy, and Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi’it—are encouraged to announce that the United States and Canada, in partnership with the Nation, have finally agreed to ask the International Joint Commission (IJC) to study and make recommendations to address the mining pollution in the Elk and Kootenai/y rivers through a joint reference. (Statement from the United States here and Canada here.)

The reference asks the IJC to convene a Governance Body that will develop an action plan to reduce and mitigate the impacts of mining pollution in the Elk-Kootenai watershed. This body will be comprised of impacted governments with jurisdiction and legal obligations in the watershed.

The reference also establishes an IJC Study Board that will bring experts and knowledge holders together to share knowledge and data in a coordinated, transparent process. The Nation expects this work will achieve a common understanding of pollution within the watershed and the impacts it is having on people and species, which will in turn support recommendations to the Governance Body and the public.

“This is an important first step in addressing the serious pollution problem in the Kootenai Watershed, and I am glad to see that the U.S. and Canada are finally taking their commitments to Indigenous peoples, the environment, and the international Boundary Waters Treaty seriously,” said Gary Aitken Jr., Vice Chairman of the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho. “For decades, mining has impacted our waters, our people, and our resources. While we were seeking action, things moved far too slowly, and the federal government looked the other way. We are finally starting a process where there can be collaboration, trust, and transparency. Ktunaxa said we would not stop until there was an action plan, and we look forward to seeing that through to ensure the real work of healing the river is achieved.”

Ktunaxa leadership has been urging Canada and the U.S. to address water pollution in Ktunaxa homelands for over a decade.

In March of last year, Prime Minister Trudeau and President Biden committed to “reach an agreement in principle by [summer 2023] to reduce and mitigate the impacts of water pollution in the Elk-Kootenai watershed in partnership with Tribal Nations and Indigenous Peoples, in order to protect the people and species that depend on this vital river system.” (Full statement available here.)

The summer deadline passed with no action from the federal governments. This prompted Ktunaxa leaders to call upon both federal governments to meet in ʔamakʔis Ktunaxa (Ktunaxa Territory) in November 2023 to work through the impasse and agree on a path forward. At that meeting, the governments collectively committed to find a solution—through a reference to the IJC—by the end of the year. After nearly three months of intense negotiations, the governments reached agreement, and almost exactly a year after the Prime Minister and President’s statement, the reference has finally been issued to the IJC.

Attendees of the November 2023 in-person meeting, pictured left to right:
Avery Gravelle, Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi’it; Sung W. Choi, U.S. Consulate General; Julie Birdstone, ʔaq̓am; Nasuʔkin Heidi Gravelle and Kyle Shottanana, Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi’it; Kathryn Teneese, Ktunaxa Nation Council Chair; Len Two Teeth, Vice Chair, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes; Janice Alpine, ʔakisq̓nuk First Nation; Nasuʔkin Joe Pierre and Dallas Cardinal, ʔaq̓am; Nasuʔkin Donald Sam, ʔakisq̓nuk First Nation; Sancira Williams-Jimmy, ʔaq̓am; Garry Aitken Jr., Vice Chair of Kootenai Tribe of Idaho; Anna Classen, Environment and Climate Change Canada; Garrett Gravelle, Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi’it; Niall Cronin, Global Affairs Canada; Jason Andrew, ʔaq̓am; and Darcy Fisher, ʔakisq̓nuk First Nation.

“For too long, the U.S. and Canada have stood by while our waters suffered,” said Michael Dolson, Chairman of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. “We are encouraged by the federal governments’ change in direction and the progress that was achieved when we all worked together these past months. We will continue to work tirelessly to restore our rivers and the fish and wildlife that depend upon them. We’re at the beginning of what will likely be a long process, one that will require sustained effort from all governments involved.”

Kathryn Teneese, Chair of Ktunaxa Nation Council, said: “It is good to see that the U.S. and Canada—in partnership with the Ktunaxa Nation— have started collaborating effectively on this issue and are working toward meeting their commitment to reduce and mitigate the mining pollution in the Kootenai/y watershed. However, just as this agreement could not have been reached without the deep involvement of the Ktunaxa Nation, future progress will require meaningful inclusion of Ktunaxa knowledge and stewardship. We are setting the foundation for an IJC, and we welcome the IJC Commissioners’ involvement in this issue. We hope this is the beginning of a collaborative, transparent, and effective process that will restore the waterways in the heart of ʔamakʔis Ktunaxa that are vital to the Ktunaxa ʔakⱡsmaknik (people).”


Full tri-lateral reference and proposal here:
Reference for the Elk-Kootenai/y Watershed | International Joint Commission (ijc.org)

Joint Statement from the Ambassador of Canada to the United States, Kirsten Hillman, and the Ambassador of the United States to Canada, David L. Cohen, on the Elk-Kootenay watershed (international.gc.ca)

Déclaration conjointe de l’ambassadrice du Canada aux États-Unis, Kirsten Hillman, et de l’ambassadeur des États-Unis au Canada, David L. Cohen, sur le bassin hydrographique de l’Elk-Kootenay (international.gc.ca)

Joint Statement from the Ambassador of the United States to Canada, David L. Cohen, and the Ambassador of Canada to the United States, Kirsten Hillman – U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Canada (usembassy.gov)

Press Contacts

Gwen Lankford
Executive Communications Team, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

Trish Barnes
Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator
Ktunaxa Nation Council

2024 Ktunaxa Business Showcase is set for February 29

February 21, 2024

Ktunaxa Business Showcase set for February 29
Everyone is invited to the event at the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort

ʔa·kisk̓aqǂiʔit, ʔamakʔis Ktunaxa (Cranbrook, B.C.): Everyone is invited to attend the Ktunaxa Business Showcase, coming up at the end of February. It will take place in Cranbrook at the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort between 1 and 4 pm, and feature 36 Ktunaxa businesses, entrepreneurs and artisans.

“We’re excited about this year’s showcase,” said Jason Andrew, Director of the Economic and Investment Sector at Ktunaxa Nation Council (KNC). “The last one was in 2022, and we heard some positive feedback. This year, even more Ktunaxa businesses and entrepreneurs will be there to network and market what they do.”

Economic and Investment Sector staff have been busy helping Ktunaxa businesses update their marketing and table displays. They’ve worked with local print shops to update business cards and brochures, and have even developed branded tablecloths and banners.

Even more important though, is the opportunity to network.

“This showcase is unique,” Andrew said. “Our clients are Ktunaxa business owners, artists and entrepreneurs and communities. This is a way to present their work to the public.”

The Economic and Investment Sector operates the Ktunaxa Business Development Office. They work closely with individual Ktunaxanin̓tik clients who can access microloans, small-business development grants, business coaching, and marketing items like websites.

“Our business development office is here to support Ktunaxa businesses to elevate their success,” Andrew said.

The Ktunaxa Business Showcase takes place on February 29, 2024.

Location is the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort in Cranbrook, and time is 1 pm to 4 pm. Everyone is welcome.

This photo shows the 2022 Ktunaxa Business Showcase.
The 2024 showcase is coming up on February 29, 2024 at the same location: Cranbrook’s Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort. Thirty-six Ktunaxa businesses, entrepreneurs, community development agencies and artists will be around to meet you—everyone is welcome from 1 pm to 4 pm.


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