Skinku¢ Treasures & Interpretive Centre has operated at St. Eugene Golf Resort and Casino since 2002. While the Resort is temporarily closed due to COVID-19 (scheduled to re-open Spring 2021), the shop is operating at an outlet in the Tamarack Mall.
The Skinku¢ Treasures Shop features books, jewellery, purses, moccasins, housewares, giftware, beading supplies and many more Ktunaxa-made products as well as authentic items from other Indigenous artisans and companies.
Skinku¢ is Ktunaxa for ‘coyote’. Skinku¢ is an important figure for them and also a fitting character for gifts to delight friends. The shop is a showcase of Indigenous contemporary art, culture and heritage.
The St. Eugene Golf Resort Casino is set on the banks of the St. Mary River. Skinku¢ Treasures & Ktunaxa Interpretive Centre generally operates at the resort and also at a second location in the Ktunaxa Nation Government Building. Both these locations are temporarily closed to the public.
The St. Eugene Mission Resort was constructed in 1910 and operated for 60 years as a residential school for Aboriginal children. In 2002, as a result of partnerships between Hotels and the Ktunaxa Kinbasket Tribal Council, the St. Eugene Mission was transformed into a modern full-service resort.
Also on display at the St. Eugene Resort are historic photographs, scale models of traditional tipis, the sturgeon-nosed canoe and many other artifacts.
The Ktunaxa (pronounced ‘k-too-nah-ha’) people have occupied the lands adjacent to the Kootenay and Columbia Rives as well as the Arrow Lakes of British Columbia, Canada for more than 10,000 years.
The traditional territory of the Ktunaxa Nation covers approximately 70,000 square kilometres within the Kootenay Rockies region of southeastern British Columbia and historically included parts of Alberta, Montana, Washington and Idaho. Read more.