OKANAGAN NATION HEALTH MANDATE
“To advocate for Syilx control and management of their health, programs and services”
For Syilx people, health is multifaceted, holistic and interconnected. The health of the Syilx people is reflected in the health of the individual, family, community and land. These elements are inseparable and cannot be looked at in isolation. The survival of the Nation as a whole is dependent on the well-being of the individuals, the families, and the community. The reverse is also true. We know that cultural pride, cultural identity and traditional knowledge are important to our individual health and to the health of our families, the community and the land. The long history of colonization has therefore played a major role in the current health of individuals, families and the Nation.