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Connected with nature

kiʔsuk kyukyit:

Welcome to Our School

kiʔsuk kyukyit,

Welcome to our beautiful school located on the traditional lands of the Yaqan Nukiy peoples.

Historically and since time immemorial, the Lower Kootenay Band, locally known as Yaqan Nukiy were the original inhabitants of the Lower Kootenay area. The name Yaqan Nukiy literally means “where the rock stands” and refers to an important place in the Creston Valley.


Yaqan Nuʔkiy School (YNS) is an Independent/Band Operated School within Lower Kootenay First Nation. YNS serves students from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade Seven and welcomes students of all heritages. Currently, the school has a population of approximately 93 students. Our smaller class sizes allows for more interaction between teachers and students.  YNS offers a solid academic program which meets provincial learning outcomes as well as a unique program of Ktunaxa Language and Culture.

One of Yaqan Nuʔkiy School’s greatest strengths is our powerful family and school community support. Because children and their families are important to us, special attention is given to create a safe and welcoming environment. Together as a school family we can make the learning experience at Yaqan Nukiy School a great one.   

Whether you are a family seeking to make a decision about the best school for your child or a current member of the Yaqan Nukiy School community looking for specific information, you are invited to explore the pages of the website to learn more about what makes YNS a wonderful place.


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