Troy D. Hunter is ?Aq’amnik of the Ktunaxa Nation and resides in Ktunaxa territory. His professional experience includes working for Indigenous organizations in the Interior Plateau region of British Columbia including the Ktunaxa Nation Council, the Nlaka’pamux Nation Tribal Council, the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council, and En’owkin Centre. Troy developed and operated the Ktunaxa Kinbasket Interpretive Centre at the St. Eugene Mission Resort, a former Indian residential school, and he made a short documentary about the loss of salmon on the upper Columbia River. He interviewed and photographed Elders for the published book titled “Not so Long Ago: Qa Ỉsit Winikitni (Ktunaxa) : Dahahex – Gasa – Ooy (Secwépemc) : Recollections of the Ktunaxa/Kinbasket Elders.”
Troy has worked in public engagement on an Indigenous science project concerning the South Pacific Islands and Western Canada, served as Vice President for the Indigenous Arts Service Organization (IASO) for ten years, and was elected as a School Trustee for the Nicola-Similkameen School District. Troy works with photography and video from time to time and is an avid writer. Troy is also a graphic designer and worked on publications with Theytus Books in Penticton, Ktunaxa/Kinbasket Tribal Council, as well as the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology.
In 2013, Troy was called to the bar as a member of the legal profession. He is currently completing a master’s degree in constitutional law with Osgoode Hall Law School.
Troy is the Ktunaxa Outreach & Engagement Organizer with Bringing the Salmon Home: The Columbia River Salmon Reintroduction Initiative.