Ktunaxa Language Course

Connecting to the land through local language


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Join Alfred Joseph and Mara Nelson for 12 weeks of Foundational Ktunaxa Language Learning. Learn the sounds, words and some history of the Ktunaxa Language. This course is designed for you to garner skills that will enable you to carry Ktunaxa Language forward to your classrooms, in schools and on the land.

  • 12 x 90 minute language learning sessions on zoom
  • Dates: Sept 18, 25 / Oct 2, 16, 23, 30 / Nov 6, 13, 20, 27 / Dec 4, 11
  • Recorded and shared in case you can’t make all of the sessions


  • $315 for all 12 sessions (includes GST)
  • $252 for CBEEN Members (includes GST) – Use this code at checkout: Ktunaxacbeen2023
  • $0 for Ktunaxa Nation Members – Use this code at checkout: Ktunaxa


Alfred Joseph is a highly respected Ktunaxa Elder and past chief of the Akisqnuk Nation.  He is an expert in Ktunaxa language and knowledge and an immensely passionate, dedicated and talented educator.  He was a student at St Eugene’s Residential School and graduated from Olds Agricultural College. He has a farm with hay production and farm animals, and a Trail Riding operation for 25 years, ending in 2000. He is very knowledgeable about and utilizes all aspects of Ktunaxa Culture. He teaches Ktunaxa Language and is very involved with sharing Ktunaxa Traditional Knowledge and encouraging implementation into Ktunaxa Nation Council Programs and Policy.

Mara Nelson is ʔaqⱡsmaknik (a Ktunaxa person) Her family is from Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡiʔit. She is a great great granddaughter of Suzette Antiste and John Phillips, great granddaughter of Mary Agnes Phillips and Tom Cunliffe and granddaughter of Sadie Cunliffe.  She has a background in education as a Sign Language Transliterator and Education Assistant. She has extensive experience in the classroom with students and teachers alike which has enabled her to create fulfilling modified working course plans.  She has been a keen student of her Ktunaxa language, learning as much as she can from Alfred. She is deeply connected to the land, water and all living things.

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