Pierre, Sophie. "Enacting Self-Determination and Self-Governance at Ktunaxa." Leading Native Nations interview series. Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy, The University of Arizona. Phoenix, Arizona. October 21, 2008. Interview.
â€œOne of the key elements or one of our key pillars of course are our people, and our people embody our language and culture and you donâ€™t have a choice what youâ€™re going to be born as. Any of our people, when theyâ€™re born, weâ€™re Ktunaxa, just as Italians are Italians and it doesnâ€™t matter if they marry a Chinese [person], it doesnâ€™t change them from being Italian. Well, same thing with us. And thereâ€™s been so much interference from government in terms of our own Aboriginal identity, Indigenous identity -- and Iâ€™m talking about all governments, not just in Canada -- that I think that one of the key elements of rebuilding nations is to take back ownership of the recognition of our own people. And I know that it creates difficulty because thereâ€™s a lot ofâ€¦thereâ€™s very few pure blood as you would imagine, as you could say in this day and age just because of all the interaction that weâ€™ve had with the rest of the world. But that doesnâ€™t take away from someone who can trace their ancestryâ€¦if you can trace your ancestry to being Ktunaxa, then youâ€™re accepted as Ktunaxa. Iâ€™ve mentioned before that our language and culture is very important and in the Ktunaxa language the word for our ancestors is '[Ktunaxa language]' and the root word of that '[Ktunaxa language]' comes from '[Ktunaxa language],' which is a root. You talk about the roots of a tree and any kind of a plant itâ€™s '[Ktunaxa language]' and forâ€¦when you put those two words together '[Ktunaxa language],' meaning 'our roots.' And so if you can trace your ancestry to being Ktunaxa, then thatâ€™s who you are and youâ€™re accepted as such.â€