People of the Parkway – Part 1. First Nations

Archaeological evidence shows that First Nations people have been present in the Icefields Parkway area for thousands of years. More than 20 distinct aboriginal groups have been identified.

These include the present day Aseniwuche Winewak, or Rocky Mountain People, who have descended from the Cree, Iroquois, Beaver, Sekani, Assiniboine, Ojibwa and Shuswap First Nations.

At least since the 1700’s, the Ktunaxa of the Columbia Valley west of the Rockies crossed the mountains at what is now Howse Pass to hunt buffalo on the plains.