#Ktunaxahomelands launches on May 3

#Ktunaxahomelands launches on May 3

April 26, 2022

ʔa·kisk̓aqǂiʔit / Cranbrook Announcing the new #Ktunaxahomelands campaign, allowing locals and travellers to 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 has developed a promotional campaign with partners including Cranbrook Tourism, Tourism Fernie and Tourism Kimberley since late 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 part of “SuperNatural BC” and “Beautiful BC.”

Alpine recognized that the Ktunaxa story and perspective were needed components to support this campaign and were clearly missing.  “As we reclaimed our stories of the land, we can now share with our neighbours and visitors,” Alpine said.

“The visitors are looking for answers to their questions: Is there a tribe here, and what did they use this land (area) for? Essentially, right where they were standing.”

Alpine also recognized that her neighbours were looking for the stories behind the land formations where they chose to call their home.

“I am happy to present to you the #Ktunaxahomelands campaign, and hope it generates the brief understanding it was intended,” she said. “Without the support we received from our partners, including the DMOs, Columbia Basin Trust, Destination BC and Ktunaxa citizens, this would have never have become a reality.”

“Visitors to our region want to know the history of this place, and we felt we had a role to play in communicating the broader history of our region and its first peoples,” said collaboration lead Kristy-Jahn Smith, of Cranbrook Tourism. “We wanted to support the 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.

We have been excited to be a part of this project led by Cranbrook Tourism, Janice and the Ktunaxa,” said Tourism Fernie’s Jikke Gyorki. “It’s important for tourism to support the telling of Ktunaxa culture, history and stories, while educating visitors about the land they play on and their stewardship role.”

For Tourism Kimberley’s John Hamilton, the understanding of how the region was formed through Ktunaxa’s perspective is beautiful and truly moving. “Exploring the lands through the eyes of the Ktunaxa Creation history brings the experience to another level and is extremely inspiring,” he said.

Locals and travellers are encouraged to learn and engage in the content found on the popular online magazine ZenSeekers.com.

“This project is exactly why ZenSeekers exists,” said Jim Barr, Seekers Media founder and co-producer on the #Ktunaxahomelands campaign.

“Founded in the shadow of Gord Downie’s passing, a key ZenSeekers’ mission is to support Canadian’s reconciliation journey. The video, photo and editorial from #KtunaxaHomelands will open the eyes and ears of audiences across Alberta and B.C., and give travellers (and locals) a new outlook on the land the next time they are hiking, biking or skiing in the area.”

A special #Ktunaxahomelands section on ZenSeekers goes live to locals and the travelling public, Thursday April 28, 2022.



Invitation #Ktunaxahomelands campaign kick-off May 3

During this 20- to 30-minute presentation, representatives from the #Ktunaxahomelands campaign will introduce the project and provide those in attendance with access to a signature #Ktunaxahomelands tool kit, making it easy to present Ktunaxa Creation on their websites or on social media.

Join us, you are invited to learn how you can participate in the #Ktunaxahomelands campaign.

#Ktuanxahomelands campaign launch is postponed until Tuesday May 3 at 10:3 0am MST / 9:30 am PST


Please join in on Tuesday May 3 for 10:30am MST

Topic: #Ktunaxahomelands campaign Launch

Time: May 3, 2022 10:30 AM MST / 9:30am PST

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Janice Alpine                                                                     Kristy Jahn Smith

Business Development/Tourism Engagement           Executive Director, Cranbrook Tourism

Ktunaxa Nation, jalpine@kabda.org                          kristy@cranbrooktourism.com




Ktunaxa Health COVID Info Session now online

Dallas Cardinal, ʔaq̓amnik health nurse, during the information session.

Ktunaxa Health Covid Information Session VIDEO

Ktunaxa Citizens were invited to join the free online information session with Community Nurses Brittany Groff, Dallas Cardinal, Heather McDonald and Sara Chorney, as well as other panelists from community health centres and guests from First Nations Health Authority. The panel answered your questions about the vaccine, its efficacy, roll-out, access, and what to expect when you get vaccinated.

Click here to watch the video.

Click here to see the FAQ document.