Ktunaxa Language and Culture
Yaqan Nukiy School offers students a unique, culturally informed learning experience. From lessons in the Ktunaxa language to hands-on cultural activities, like canoe-making, our school is at the forefront of cultural reconciliation and knowledge sharing.
On this page, you will find a sampling of the Ktunaxa Language - including Words of the Week and cultural projects.
For more information on the Ktunaxa language visit the First Voices website.
Words of the Week - January
n̓aǂtukǂiʔitni - it is slippery
mitxaǂiʔtit - to shoot off a gun
hu ȼxaǂ yakxaxumuniyamnaǂani - we will share
qaǂa kinʔin_ - who are you_
ʔa·kǂu wat̓kum - snowball
namnuqǂuni... - ... is white
kmitxaǂtitnam - New Year's Day
hu skikiǂ ʔitkini... - I am making...
ʔaǂtukǂiʔit - for a place or ground to be slippery
kt̓isu·kakani·muǂ - scarf
kiʔsuk kyukyit k̓ukunmakut - Happy New Year
Words of the Week - February
qsamunaǂam – to help one another
q̓uȼikisqǂiǂ - to flirty eyes
qunaǂwi· - to be lovesick
haǂquk̓aǂmaxa – to kiss someone
ǂa ʔitkinin – do it again/ fix it again
hu ȼǂakiǂni… - I like …
ʔa·kiǂwiynam ʔa·kinmititis – Valentine’s Day
hu ȼxaǂ qanaxam̓ni … - I am going to put on …
kinȼ ʔaqaqna? – what are you going to do?