The Akisqnuk First Nation is a vibrant, growing community with nearly 300 members strong, situated in the Columbia Valley, southeast British Columbia, Canada.
Located in an area of unparalleled natural beauty, Akisqnuk neighbours the communities of Windermere to the north and Fairmont Hot Springs to the south. Akisqnuk’s western border reaches along the pristine shores of Lake Windermere for 14 kilometres (nine miles). The band’s eastern border lies at the base of the Rocky Mountains.
By car, Akisqnuk is located just over one-hour (120 km) away from Cranbrook, B.C. and just over two-and-a-half hours (280km) from Calgary, Alberta. The band’s administration headquarters are located in offices just south of Windermere. Here Chief and Council meet for bi-weekly meetings and a full complement of staff provide health, education, housing, lands, and economic development services for the benefit of Akisqnuk First Nation members. The Akisqnuk First Nation enjoys positive relationships with its neighbours and other governments throughout the Upper Columbia Valley.
Members of the Akisqnuk First Nation 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. The traditional territory of the Ktunaxa includes the Kootenay region of southeast British Columbia into parts of Alberta, Canada and the American States of Montana, Washington and Idaho. The Akisqnuk First Nation is one of six sister bands, four of which are in Canada and two of which are in the United States.