ʔaq̓am is a member community of the Ktunaxa Nation. As a community, we share many values – recognizing the importance of family, unity and co-operation, effective communication, love and kindness, respect, safety and security, inclusion, education and learning, healthy and balanced living – and take pride in our heritage, language and culture. We value natural law and practice stewardship of the land, water, animals, and plants.
The vision of our Ktunaxa ancestors continues to guide us through traditions, customs, language, and beliefs. We strive to govern effectively and maximize our lands and resources for the benefit of all living things and future generations, in accordance with our values and principles. We recognize Ktunaxa rights and title.
Our Band Council consists of a Chief and four Councillors, all elected through the Band’s own election process. ʔaq̓am members are employed in a variety of fields, including local government, hospitality, construction, transportation, tourism, forestry, and entrepreneurial pursuits.
The ʔaq̓am administration operates a diverse range of programs and services, including the ʔaq̓amnik̓ Elementary school, ʔaq̓amnik̓ Daycare, ʔaq̓amnik̓ After School and Summer Programs, Community Education Services, Community Health, Economic Development, Lands/Natural Resources and Housing and Administrative services. These functions are operated centrally at the Band’s Administration Building.
The ʔaq̓am Community has the largest population of all Ktunaxa Nation Bands and the largest land base, occupying 18,420 acres or 7,461 hectares in total.
ʔaq̓am members work together to foster a vibrant, healthy community in which everyone has a role to play.