Ktunaxa Language Course for Educators

Connecting to the land through local language

Join Ktunaxa language instructors Alfred Joseph and Mara Nelson for this winter learning journey to deepen your ability to understand and use the Ktunaxa language.

  • 12 x 90 minute virtual learning sessions (Zoom-based)
  • Mondays at 7:00pm Mountain Time:
    • Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
    • Dec 6, 13 (optional)
    • Jan 10, 17, 24, 31
    • Feb 7, 14, 28

Due to very high demand, this course is now full.

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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 ʔakink̓umⱡasnuqⱡiʔit (Tobacco Plains). 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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