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.
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.
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.