Culture & Language
Members of the Akisqnuk First Nation (called Akisqnukniks in Ktunaxa) are people of the Ktunaxa Nation, who for 10,000 years have spoken a unique language that cannot be linked to any other native language in North America.
Examples of Ktunaxa culture is present across the Ktunaxa Nation Traditional territory -- the Kootenay region of southeast British Columbia into parts of Alberta, Canada and the American States of Montana, Washington and Idaho. For example many place names in the traditional territory are Ktunaxa words, indicating the millennia-long relationship the Ktunaxa have with this area.
At Akisqnuk First Nation, Ktunaxa Language classes are offered for community members and all efforts are being made to teach the language. This is a collaborative effort with the Ktunaxa Nation Council and even includes partners like the College of the Rockies, which offers college credit courses in Ktunaxa Language.
Some Akisqnuk First Nation community events are open to the public at large. Public events are a way in which Akisqnukniks and Ktunaxa Nation Members share their culture with the greater East Kootenay community.