Our Mission

Leveraging the strengths of a highly-trained workforce, robust safety and stewardship principles, Nupqu is a leader and steadfast partner in the provision of value-added professional and technical resource services

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Our Mandate

Within the Ktunaxa Holdings Limited Partnership group of businesses, Nupqu provides professional land and resource management services within the Ktunaxa Traditional Territory and beyond. Specifically, we support clients within a variety of industries with the following services:
Nupqu currently holds the Community Forest Agreement Tenure CFA – K1W on behalf of the Ktunaxa Nation on the Federal Dominion Coal Block property.
Located on the Federal Dominion Coal Block properties, the Community Forest is jointly managed with a unique arrangement between Nupqu (Ktunaxa Nation by extension), BC MFLNRO and Natural Resources Canada
We have provided management consulting services for other types of forest tenures, including First Nation woodlots and non-renewable forest licenses
Environmental, Reclamation and Remediation
Environment and sustainability are at the heart of Nupqu values and services. Protection of the environment is central to Nupqu and the Ktunaxa Nation. All staff ensure that their actions promote environment stewardship and comply with applicable legislation and standards. Nupqu management is committed to applying Ktunaxa values in all activities and applies ʔaknumu¢tiŧiŧ, Ktunaxa laws on how to live with the land.
Water Management
Native Plant Nursery
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Health and Safety
Health and safety is a priority. Nupqu adheres to the highest regulatory standards, client practices and procedures. Nupqu is a SAFE Company certified by the BC Forest Safety Council. SAFE Certification gives business owners, managers, employees, partners and customers the assurance of knowing that a recognized and reviewed worker health and safety program is in place. The SAFE Companies program gives forest operations clear, practical and achievable standards for successful health and safety programs. As a large employer (greater than 20 employees) there is a greater level of responsibility to involve employees, plan, manage and record their safety activities because of the realities of dealing with more workers. Nupqu is a member of both Avetta as well as ISN - and uses these contractor safety management programs to support our own Occupational Health and Safety objectives.
Archaeology and Cultural Resource Management
Contract Management
Nupqu is proudly owned by the four communities that makeup the Ktunaxa Nation along with the umbrella Ktunaxa Nation Council Society. Nupqu, means black bear in the Ktunaxa language. The company logo is a bear paw that has four claws which represent each of the four community shareholders, ʔakink̓umǂasnuqǂiʔit, ʔaq'am, yaqan nukiy, and ʔakisq'nuk. Nupqu is building healthy community through its foundational role in a thriving Ktunaxa Nation economy. Nupqu is empowering Ktunaxa members with opportunities to develop technical, team and leadership skills to that contribute to meaningful careers and strong communities. The Nupqu team employs members from each of the four communities that makeup the Ktunaxa Nation, fostering productive relationships across the territory.

Key Benefits of our Services

First and foremost, the highest benefit to working with Nupqu is being able to work with an experienced, competitive, highly trained, and professional resource management consulting and contracting business. Other benefits include:

  • Providing business opportunities that ultimately benefit our Ktunaxa owners while carrying out business activities within the Ktunaxa Traditional Territory
  • Meeting First Nation or Indigenous corporate objectives
  • Access to cost-competitive, available, local and professionally trained work force and a network of local vendors and subcontractors
  • Consolidated project work by dealing with one contractor on a variety of project deliverables

Nupqu Resource Limited Partnership is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace, compliance with governmental agencies, pertinent regulatory requirements, and our client’s practices and procedures. As a SAFE and COR certified business by the BC Forest Safety Council, Nupqu provides business owners, managers, employees, contractors, partners and customers the assurance of knowing that a recognized and reviewed worker health and safety program is in place at all times.

KEL/Nupqu Values


We uphold Ktunaxa values of Land, life, tradition and health. We are dedicated to environmental vigilance and stewardship practices to preserve Land and life for future generations. We adhere to and uphold the Ktunaxa Nation Stewardship Principles in all the work we do.


Inspiring each other to grow and work as a team to achieve our goals efficiently and effectively. We act as role models, endorsing the practice of operating in an ethical, social and environmentally-responsible manner.


KEL and all associated businesses take a “Nation as a whole approach.” We work under the direction provided by shareholders and in collaboration with partners and community development corporations.


KEL and all associated businesses finds strength through its resiliency, resourcefulness and by drawing on relationship within the collective. We also garners strength from its relationships with industry and like-minded organizations.

In Our History and Profile

Nupqu, associated with Ktunaxa Enterprises Ltd, provides professional land and resource management and the opportunity for industry and government to engage Ktunaxa Buisness in the Ktunaxa Traditional Territory. Our main office is located just outside the ʔaq̓am community north of Cranbrook, BC. We also have offices located in: Fernie, Castlegar and Cranbrook to support our operations in the respective regions.

Our employees, made up of many recognized and certified natural resource professionals, have a strong reputation of providing quality services in the resource industries throughout the region. Nupqu’s diverse work-force offers a broad range of certified experience and expertise while providing opportunities for professional and career development for Aboriginal people within the region.

From 1997 to 2009, Nupqu operated as the Ktunaxa Kinbasket Development Corporation. Nupqu was incorporated in 2009 within the Ktunaxa Holdinsg Limited Partnership group of businesses owned by the four communities of the Ktunaxa Nation and the Ktunaxa Nation Council Society. In 2020, Nupqu updated its name from Nupqu Development Corporation to Nupqu Resource Limited Partnership to reflect the new mandate focused on resource consulting and contracting.


Nupqu and Ausenco Sustainability

To expand our service offering in the environmental field, in 2018 we established a business partnership with Hemmera Envirochem In. Now fully integrated into Ausenco, Ausenco Sustainability is a full-service, boutique environmental consultancy that offers a range of services in Environmental Planning and Ecology, Community Engagement and Social Sciences, and Site Assessment and Remediation. Nupqu and Ausenco Sustainability have built a strategic business relationship that offers multiple benefits to our clients, projects, and communities. Our relationship continues to evolve and grow, helping us build mutual capacity while independently and jointly pursuing project opportunities supported by the right mix of staff on each project. We also have sub-contracting and professional services agreements in place to support prompt service delivery with industry-standard safety programs and liability provisions in place.

Our Management Team

The strength of the Nupqu management team stems from individual experience and expertise, clear functions and responsibilities and the ability to coordinate and collaborate with our partners and clients.