On the trail of the First Nations in the East Kootenay


First came the fear, the angst, the abuse. Then came the resentment and the anger. And now, reconciliation and rebirth. For the Ktunaxa (k-too-nah-ha) First Nation, the St. Eugene residential school near Cranbrook in the beautiful Columbia River Valley in the B.C. Interior has, in the almost 100 years of its existence, evoked all these emotions. And the imposing brick edifice was almost razed to the ground.