June is National Indigenous Month and it’s time to get back into the swing of things next Thursday, as the Ktunaxa First Nation celebrates their twentieth annual Charity Golf Tournament. The event will be held on June 16 at the St. Eugene Golf Resort and Casino.
“Due to COVID, the last one was held in 2019 but we’re very excited and happy to be able to host it again this year,” says Jesse Nicholas, Ktunaxa Nation Communications Officer. “This tournament is one of our most highly anticipated public events, and of course, it supports a great and vital cause.”
All proceeds from the tournament support the Ktunaxa Nation Council’s Traditional Knowledge and Language Sector. For the past 20 years the Ktunaxa Nation Charity Golf Tournament has been held annually on the Thursday before National Indigenous Peoples Day which falls on June 21. All participants bring their drive and putt their stuff across 18 holes of golf at the world class St. Eugene Golf course.
“It’s an opportunity for the many partners the Ktunaxa Nation has in other governments, organizations and industries to come together for a great day of golf in support of the Ktunaxa Nation Council’s language and culture revitalization efforts and projects,” says Nicholas. “Reconciliation is on the minds of more Canadians than any time in recent history. Supporting this tournament directly benefits the Ktunaxa Nation language and culture initiatives.”
A day of fun in the sun can sure work up an appetite, this special event will also include a gourmet buffet dinner and a silent auction featuring items donated by businesses and people from across ?amak?is Ktunaxa.
“While this is a golf tournament, all Canadians across the country can find ways to support the path we are all walking towards reconciliation. We all have a part we can play,” says Nicholas. After it’s hiatus this tournament filled up in record time this year which the Ktunaxa Nation Council couldn’t be more pleased about.
They encourage those who would like to attend or support next year’s tournament to keep their eyes peeled as it will take place again the same time next year.
For those that still want to play a part this year, all donations are always greatly appreciated and if an individual or any business would like to contribute, they are asked to reach out to Trish at Trish.Barnes@ktunaxa.org.
Chadd Cawson, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Columbia Valley Pioneer