Community Description

The Lower Kootenay First Nation is a First Nation based in the East Kootenay region of British Columbia. The LKFN strives to be a stable, independent, self-governing authority, providing principled leadership to a dynamic community of caring, healthy citizens, from a secure resource base.

Treaty or Tribal Association

Ktunaxa Kinbasket Treaty Council

Economic Development Background

The Lower Kootenay Band has a self-sufficient and sustainable local economy that meets all of the community’s economic needs and is grounded un the community’s cultural values. Their local economy provides their community and other local residents with ample business, economic and personal development opportunities - meeting all of the community’s needs - and has earned a reputation for business credibility in the local area and beyond.

Summary of Economic Development Agreements, Community Businesses and Joint Ventures

Lower Kootenay First Nation owns and operates the Lower Kootenay Development Corporation, which interests are currently in the forestry, agriculture, energy and tourism sectors. The Lower Kootenay Band is currently involved in the following businesses: Lower Kootenay Development Limited Partnership, Robert Logging Partnership, Lower Kootenay Forage Products, Lower Kootenay Guide Outfitters Ltd., Nupqu Development Corporation, St. Eugene Resort, Golf Course & Casino, and Lower Kootenay Value Added Industrial Park. Additionally, four privately owned businesses are located on Lower Kootenay Reserves: Legend Logos, Ktunaxa Tipi Co., Stewart Steinhauer Stone Sculpture, and Sturgeon-Nose Creations.

Community Details:

Lower Kootenay
Variation Lower Kutenai; Preferred Name Yaqan Nukiy (Variation Yaqan Nu?Kiy) Meaning "Where The Rock Stands"; Includes Flat Bow (Circa 1889); Part Of Kootenay
Kootenay (Cranbrook)
3246.3 hectares

Contact Details:

Heather Suttie Chief Operations Officer
(250) 428-4428 ext 224
(250) 428-7686
830 Simon Road Creston, BC, Canada V0B 1G2
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