KNC thanks golfers and sponsors of 2022 Charity Golf Tournament


June 30, 2022

Ktunaxa Nation Council thanks golfers and sponsors
KNC Annual Charity Golf Tournament a roaring success after two-year hiatus

ʔa·kisk̓aqǂiʔit (Cranbrook): The Ktunaxa Nation Council was pleased to host the 20th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on June 16, at beautiful St. Eugene Golf Resort. A total of 148 golfers played 18 holes of golf then enjoyed a gourmet dinner in the resort pavilion.

“I wish to thank the golfers, sponsors, donors and volunteers who made this tournament a success,” said Kathryn Teneese, Chair of the Ktunaxa Nation Council.

“The tournament was cancelled due to Covid-19 for two years in a row; so this one was very special.” (This would have been the 22nd annual tournament if not for the break due to the pandemic.)

The Charity Golf Tournament is a fundraiser for the KNC Traditional Knowledge and Language (TKL) Sector, which works towards ensuring the language and culture of the Ktunaxa people moves towards the forefront and is woven throughout all KNC initiatives in Lands & Resources, Education & Employment, Economic Investment and Social Investment.

“The TKL Elders Advisory working groups, TKL staff, and all those tending to Ktunaxa Language and Culture can benefit from the monies raised by the tournament,” said Teneese. “Now that pandemic restrictions are lifting, we will be able to enjoy more in-person language and cultural activities together, and for that I’m grateful.”

The tournament also serves as a valuable networking event, with major organizational and business partners contributing as sponsors and sending teams, and with lots of Ktunaxa teams and players on the links. Many local businesses contributed items for the silent auction to support the event.

“I appreciate the generosity demonstrated by the sponsors, donors and volunteers,” Teneese said. “As a lead-in to Indigenous Peoples Day, the tourney brought us together to enjoy a game of golf, and that increases our capacity throughout the year in our language and culture programs.

“I would also like to extend a special thanks to the team at St, Eugene Golf Resort Casino, including Cindy Soukoroff, Head Golf Pro, who took care of so many details to help us get the tournament back on track, and Barbara Fisher, TKL Language Coordinator, who spoke and offered the prayer before the meal.”