Hundreds of First Nations Youth Head to Kelowna to Compete at the 2017 Junior All Native Basketball Tournament

March 19th, 2017

From March 19-24 2017 Syilx Basketball, the Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) and Westbank First Nation (WFN) will welcome over 700 athletes to Okanagan Nation territory for the annual, provincial, Junior All Native Basketball Tournament (JANT).
This is the largest First Nations youth sporting event in BC. Alongside the current tournament, JANT is will also be hosting a 13 & Under All Native Basketball Tournament.
“Young First Nations athletes from across BC are striving to represent their Nation through the sport of basketball and are coming to Kelowna to compete. We are honored to host the many athletes and teams and we look forward to the week of competition” stated Syilx basketball Coach Peter Waardenburg. Youth come together to learn sportsmanship, hard work, and have a sense of accomplishment.
The Tournament in Numbers:
► 5 days of games
► 12 hours a day
► 5 gymnasiums
► 61 teams
► 200 + coaches and managers
► 700+ youth
► 1000 spectators daily
► 100 + First Nations groups represented

Opening Ceremony
The opening ceremony will include an opening from Westbank First Nation (WFN) Chief Roxanne Lindley, a Grand Entry ceremony, alongside presentations from Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, City of Kelowna Deputy Mayor Mohini Singh, Richard Jock (First Nations Health Authority) and many more.

WHEN: March 19, 2017, 6pm.

WHERE: Kelowna Secondary School. 1079 Raymer Ave, Kelowna, BC

The 2017 Junior All Native Basketball Tournament is being co-hosted by Syilx Basketball, ONA, and WFN, in partnership with the First Nations Health Authority.

For more information please contact:
Tara Montgomery, JANT 2017 Tournament Coordinator
T: 250-862-6866

A Letter of Gratitude on Terra Madre Day

February 3rd, 2017

As Terra Madre Day 2016 nears the Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) would like to take the opportunity to thank Slow Food Thompson Okanagan, Slow Food Canada, Slow Food Turtle Island and Slow Food International’s continued support in sharing the story of the return our sc’win and advocating for indigenous food sovereignty in general.

At the core of our connection with Slow Food is a set of shared values around the deeper significance of food and food systems, not only for sustenance, but for the well-being and resilience of people, cultures and ecologies. The key tenants of Slow Food “good clean and fair” food resonates with our indigenous perspective and experience, particularly regarding social justice, conviviality and the sacred nature of food that connects all of us. On Terre Madre Day the Syilx Nation acknowledge the importance and significance of this day set aside for reflecting upon our actions. We stand with our sisters and brothers around the world in our hard work advancing food security efforts for our beautiful peoples, beautiful lands, resources, and sacred waters. We look forward to collectively furthering these practices in the year to come.

Okanagan Nation welcomes Grand Chief Ed John’s report on Aboriginal Child Welfare

February 3rd, 2017

November 23, 2016  Stq’aˀtxʷ niw’t, Okanagan Nation Territory: The Okanagan Nation Chiefs Executive Council welcomes the much anticipated report from Grand Chief Ed John, Special Advisor on Aboriginal Child Welfare titled Indigenous Resilience, Connectedness and Reunification – from Root Causes to Root Solutions presented to Premier Clark, Minister Cadieux and Indigenous Leadership on November 21, […]

Renowned German Professor, Hartman Lutz at En’owkin Centre on Penticton Reserve

February 3rd, 2017

Hartman Lutz chaired the North American Studies Program at the University of Greifswald until March 2011. He gained his PhD in Philosphy from the University of Tubingen in 1975. Professor Lutz will reflect on his experiences working in Indigenous Studies and speak about and screen his film Trapped in a Human Zoo, a 2016 documentary about […]