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Fisheries Update Community Notice

July 31st, 2018

As of July 27, 2018 about 193,038 Sockeye have entered the Columbia River. It is estimated that 85% of the return is Okanagan. We are anticipating there will be 209,000 sockeye returning in total. We estimate 70,000-75,000 sockeye have entered Osoyoos Lake
with an estimate of about 10,000 to 15,000 sockeye in Skaha Lake.

FOOD FISHING HARVEST
People were fishing at “sx̌ʷəx̌ʷnitkʷ (s-wuh-wuneetkw) and nʕaylintn (Ny-lin-tn) since the beginning of July and river temperatures have increased where the sockeye have fallen back into Osoyoos Lake. Catches so far in Canada for food fisheries are estimated to be about 1,000-2,000 in river.

REC FISHERY ON OSOYOOS LAKE
There will be a recreational fishery opening on Osoyoos Lake from August 3-13, 2018 with a 2
Sockeye/day limit. ONA will review catches on August 13, 2018 for consideration of another
recreational opening. Estimated catch is 2,000 sockeye.

ECONOMIC FISHERY
There will be an economic fishery with trolling only in Osoyoos Lake from August 3-31, 2018. Estimated catch is 3,000 sockeye.

If food fishing: Please have status card available as DFO enforcement
will be out periodically making sure it is only the ONA Members fishing right now.

For More Information Contact:
Howie Wright, Fisheries Manager T: (250) 707-0095 ext. 104 E: hwright@syilx.org
www.okanagannation.com

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Wild Fire Update from Province of BC

July 26th, 2018

Placer Mountain Fire Location: Approx. 37 km south of Princeton. Fire is located west of Ashnola River and Cathedral Park. The fire is not in the Park. Date of Discovery: July 17, 2018 Fire Size: 520 ha Status: Out of Control Cause: Lightning Resources: 22 firefighters, 4 helicopters, 8 pieces of heavy equipment and industry […]

Syilx Nation Signs Syilx Okanagan Language Declaration

July 25th, 2018

At the 2018 ONA Annual General Assembly, on July 18th at saʔtikn at the Manning Park Resort, the Syilx Okanagan Nation Elders present and member Chiefs endorsed the  Iʔ Syilx iʔ sukʷnaqinx scqʷəlqʷiltət Syilx Okanagan Language Declaration. While the Council and Nation members signed as witnesses, drummers and singers provided spiritual significance to the signing […]

Syilx Nation’s Annual General Assembly: Coming Together and Sharing Our Stories

July 17th, 2018

saʔtikn (Manning Park), Syilx Territory: The Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) are proud to announce that our Annual General Assembly (AGA) will take place from July 17-19, 2018. This event provides Syilx people with the opportunity to gather as a Nation, to celebrate the many successes that have taken place for our people over the last […]

2018 Syilx Fishery Notice

July 11th, 2018

The purpose of this Bulletin is to provide you an update on the 2018 Okanagan sockeye harvest year. Flows are at 65 cms, about 4 times what is usual. For people currently fishing at the nʕaylintn (McIntyre Dam) and sx̌ʷəx̌ʷnitkʷ (OK Falls) please be careful. We do not recommend people going into the water. The returns […]

Okangan Nation Hosts Senator Murray Sinclair for Discussion on Resiliency Strategies in Face of Indian Residential School Experience

July 4th, 2018

snpíntktn (Penticton), Syilx Territory: On July 3, 2018, the Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) hosted the ‘Syilx Resiliency: A Day of Discussion on Healing’ Forum. This gathering is as part of the ongoing commitment of the ONA’s Chiefs Executive Council to support and honor the Syilx Indian Residential School (SIRS) Committee, as well as further dialogue […]

Okangan Nation Recognizes Cole Cassidy As Salmon Feast Artist

June 26th, 2018

tkwəɬniwt (Westbank), Syilx Territory: The ONA congratulates Syilx youth, Cole Cassidy, as the artist of the 2018 Okanagan Nation Salmon Feast logo. Every year the Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) has a Nation community member create an original design to represent the annual Okanagan Nation Salmon Feast. This year, his artwork, titled “Under the Morning Light” […]

Canada Excludes Indigenous Nations From International Columbia River Treaty Re-Negotiations

May 23rd, 2018

  (Unceded Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, BC: May 23, 2018): Late last week, the three Indigenous Nations – the rightful title and rights holders of the Upper Columbia Basin: the Ktunaxa Nation, Secwepemc Nation and Syilx Okanagan Nation – were told by the Government of Canada that they would be excluded from direct participation in the […]

Syilx Chiefs Welcome Mental Wellness Funding Announcement

May 18th, 2018

Unceded Syilx Territory/Westbank, BC: The Chiefs of the Syilx Okanagan Nation welcome yesterday’s announcement establishing a $30 million fund targeted towards Mental Wellness. The much-anticipated funding agreement is a result of collaboration between the Province, Canada and the First Nations Health Council and will provide the much-needed resources to provide resources needed to address mental […]