East Kootenay Aboriginal Snapshotpaqmi

Ktunaxa (pronounced ‘k-too-nah-ha’) people have occupied the lands adjacent to the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers and 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 (27,000 square miles) within the Kootenay region of south-eastern British Columbia.


Who We Are

Paq’mi Nuq’yuk is a Ktunaxa term which means to “Blossom or burst from the ground”, much like a developing child. We provide Aboriginal Early Years Services to families with children ages 0-6, self-identifying as First Nations, Metis, or Inuit, living in the following areas: Cranbrook, Kimberley, Creston, Invermere and Fernie/Grasmere.

What We Do

The Aboriginal Early Years Program offered through Ktunaxa Kinbasket Child and Family Services Society (KKCFSS) provides a positive start to life through a wide range of services:

For more information on our programs and services, please contact Charlene Sperling (csperling@ktunaxa.org) or Chelsea Nicholas (cnicholas@ktunaxa.org) at 250-489-4563