Federal election candidates in Kootenay-Columbia will be at the Ktunaxa Nation on Monday for an Indigenous Issues Debate ahead of several election debates and forums in the coming days.
The four major parties were invited to Monday’s Indigenous Issues Debate, put on by both Rosemary Phillps and Joyce Green at the Ktunaxa Nation Council Gymnasium in Cranbrook from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Wayne Stetski of the NDP, Rob Morrison of the Conservatives, Robin Goldsbury of the Liberals, and Abra Brynne for the Green Party, are all anticipated to be in attendance for the event, following their invitations.
The debate will specifically focus on Indigenous issues, and those of specific interest to the Ktunaxa people, as the public will get an opportunity to ask questions of the candidates or provide comments.
A moderator will be guiding the conversation on Monday, as each candidate will have two minutes to answer any questions, while also getting three minutes to make an opening statement to those in attendance.
The Ktunaxa Nation is the traditional territory of the Kootenay-Columbia riding, including the Ɂakisq̓nuk (Columbia Lake), ʔaq̓am (St. Mary’s), ʔakink̓umǂasnuqǂiʔit (Tobacco Plains), and Yaqan Nukiy (Lower Kootenay).
Monday’s Indigenous Issues Debate begins at 7:00 pm at the Ktunaxa Nation Council Gymnasium and will wrap up at approximately 9:00 pm.