The Ktunaxa people have lived on the lands adjacent to the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers and the Arrow Lakes of British Columbia for more than 10,000 years. Their traditional territory extends approximately 70,000 square kilometres within the Kootenay region of BC (southeastern corner) and also included areas in Alberta, Montana, Washington and Idaho. The Ktunaxa people travelled within the territory according to the seasons and availablity of food. When the Europeans settled in the Kootenay region, around the 1800s, the Indian Reserves were created and lead to the present Indian Bands. There are seven bands within the nation that can be found in the traditional territory. Five of the bands are found in British Columbia and two are located in the United States.[[291]]
First NationPopulationFluent SpeakersUnderstand or Speak SomewhatLearning Speakers
yaqan nuʔkiy (Lower Kootenay)210
ʔaq̓am (St. Mary's Band)0
ʔakink̓umǂasnuqǂiʔit (Tobacco Plains Band)165
ʔakisq̓nuk First Nation0
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