Okanagan Nation Declaration

In 1976 the Okanagan people met at Nkmapelqs (Head of the Lake) to discuss the formation of a new federation of the Okanagan Bands; resulting in the formation of the Okanagan Tribal Council, in 1984. The Okanagan people signed an Okanagan Nation Declaration in August 1987 at Komasket Park, declaring their sovereignty.

“We are the unconquered aboriginal people of this land, our mother; The creator has given us our mother, to enjoy, to manage and to protect; we, the first inhabitants, have lived with our mother from time immemorial; our Okanagan governments have allowed us to share equally in the resources of our mother; we have never given up our rights to our mother, our mother’s resources, our governments and our religion; we will survive and continue to govern our mother and her resources for the good of all for all time.”

Okanagan Nation Declaration (1987)