Fernie & Elk Valley Culture Guide Issue 2 Fall 2016 - Page 25

Ktunaxa elder at St Eugene Resort Mission near Cranbrook, the Ktunaxa Nation continues to be a strong and thriving community. Today, there are more than 1,500 members in the BC communities of ʔakisq̓nuk, ʔaq̓am, ʔakink̓umⱡasnuqⱡiʔit, and yaqan nuʔkiy. There are two Bands in Idaho and Montana connected by language and culture but politically independent. Visitors to the region can learn more about the Ktunaxa by visiting the St. Eugene Mission Interpretive Centre and the Fernie Museum. A pull-out near Michel Creek at the former townsite of Michel offers visitors further information about the Michel Plains people. The Ktunaxa Nation Council is lo