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Okanagan Nation Alliance’s Annual Spirit of Syilx Youth Unity Run

May 10th, 2017

WHAT: The Annual Spirit of Syilx Youth Unity Run will begin at Blanket Creek Provincial Park, heading north to Revelstoke, on to and around BC Hydro’s Mica Dam. In total the Run will go through 309 km of the Okanagan Territory, ending at Martha Creek Provincial Park. We are estimating around 120 Syilx youth to run, and will include a multitude of other participants including Syilx elders, leaders, community members and a range of other participants that wish to contribute to the event.

WHY: This annual event is to raise awareness of Suicide and Mental Health issues confronting our communities. The Syilx Unity Run is to encourage and strengthen healthy lifestyle and living through action, and physical exercise activity, Syilx youth are also provided the opportunity to experience being out on their territory, being together as Nation as a means to address a broad range of community and societal issues from suicide and mental health to cultural rejuvenation and reconnection with nationhood and the land. By utilizing action as a means to engage with youth in the community, ONA has a significant opportunity to reach the ever-growing number of youth among the eight member communities and hearing what issues are important for them.

“The Unity Run emerged from youth requesting to come together and find a way to raise awareness about suicide and violence in their communities and we responded. This action provides the opportunity to unite, get to know other youth from across the Nation, while also experiencing and connecting to different parts of their territory. All of this contributes to building identity and unity amongst our youth, and is often a touchstone for belonging” stated Jennifer Houde, Community, Family, and Youth Health Services Manager, ONA.

The Syilx Spirit of Youth Unity Run is a way to continue to draw attention to these issues within the Nation and region. The run is not only an awareness campaign, but developed as a prevention platform for youth that participate by utilizing the connection to the land, implementation of the Syilx teachings and culture as a means to wellbeing.

WHO: The Syilx Spirit of Youth Unity Run is organized and hosted by the Okanagan Nation Alliance. For further information please visit: https://www.syilx.org/events/spirit-of-syilx-youth-unity-run/

WHEN: May 11-14, 2017

WHERE: The Unity Run starts at Blanket Creek Provincial Park, continuing on for 309 km, and will end at Martha Creek Provincial Park on Lake Revelstoke.

For interviews or additional information please contact:

Dominique Alexis, ONA Event Planner

Tel: 1-250-707-0095 ext. 233

Email: dalexis@syilx.org

 


A Statement from Friends & Family in Regards to the Roxanne Louie Verdict

April 8th, 2017

First, we want to thank our communities within the Okanagan for their continued support. Specifically, we want to thank those who came forward with information when Roxanne first went missing. Thank you to all those who showed their support during the “Prayer Walk” while Roxanne was still missing. We believe the added pressure from community support finally drove the Robotti’s to confess their crime. Thank you to everyone who organized and attended rallies at the Penticton courthouse during the bail hearing and preliminary hearing. Thank you to all the organizers of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s annual vigil on February 14th. Additional thanks to the UBCO Women’s Resource Centre for holding Tea Talks on Missing and Murdered Indigenous women. These events are crucial for raising awareness and empowering Indigenous voices. Additional thanks to the Osoyoos Indian Band and the Okanagan Nation Transition Emergency House (ONTAH). Also, special thanks to Okanagan Nation Alliance emergency response team for their support throughout the trial.

Verdict Provides Initial Steps Forward for Family and Community

April 7th, 2017

Okanagan Nation Territory/Westbank BC: The Louie and Hall family have endured years of arduous judicial processes and litigation in regards to the murder trial of Roxanne Louie, yet in the face of these challenges they have found the strength and resiliency to persevere. Justice here is found in both the verdict, as well as in […]

B.C. Court Confirms Rights in Arrow Lakes

March 27th, 2017

Syilx Okanagan Nation Territory, Westbank BC:  The Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) is welcoming the provincial court’s March 27, 2017 Desautel decision. The decision arose as a result of hunting charges laid by the Province against Rick Desautel in 2010. The court acquitted Desautel and held that the descendants of the Sinixt continue to exist and […]

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 […]