ʔa·kisk̓aqǂiʔit / Cranbrook – Announcing the new #Ktunaxahomelands campaign, allowing locals and travelers 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.”
Since time beyond the reach of memory, the Rockies, Hoodoos and Waterways of the #KtunaxaHomelands have been a place of connection, rejuvenation and sustenance. From the beginning of time, Ktunaxa people have occupied the lands adjacent to the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers, the Arrow Lakes of British Columbia and on into Alberta, Montana, Washington and Idaho.
Today, outdoor sport and adventure has spurred a new appreciation for the area, which encompasses the BC Kootenay region, including the towns of Kimberley, Cranbrook and Fernie. Visitors come to hike, bike, ski, paddle and rejuvenate in the beauty of these lands, as well as to connect to Ktunaxa culture. The Ktunaxa invites you to feel the connection for yourself, as you adventure among the mountains, hoodoos, lakes and rivers of the region.