Know Whose Land You Are On
Educate yourself on the local Indigenous community and look for ways to support the rights & wellness of your Indigenous hosts.
The pristine rivers, lakes, waterfalls, beaches, mineral hot springs, alpine meadows and snow-capped mountains of the Kootenay Rockies region are primarily the traditional territory of the Ktunaxa ethnic group, who have inhabited the area since time immemorial.
It is the Ktunaxa after whom the region draws its name.
Learn more about Ktunaxa Creation and Stories Behind the Land Formations and link to the Ktunaxa Business Directory.
The Ktunaxa are linguistically distinct from other First Nations.
The western stretches of the Kootenay Rockies region are also considered traditional Okanagan and Sinixt territory.
For thousands of years, before the Europeans arrived, the First Peoples of this land, Ktunaxa (pronounced ‘k-too-nah-ha’) people prospered here.
The Ktunaxa’s rich history is showcased throughout the area.
September 30 is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
It is a day to call upon all of those who can effect change
to take action to advance reconciliation in Canada.
The relationship between Indigenous Peoples and Lands is sacred and unbreakable. Indigenous communities often welcome visitors and share culture.