The Syilx People of the Okanagan Nation are a trans-boundary tribe separated at the 49th parallel by the border between Canada and the United States. Our Nation is comprised of seven member communities in the Southern Interior of British Columbia: Okanagan Indian Band, Osoyoos Indian Band, Penticton Indian Band, Upper Nicola Band, Upper and Lower Similkameen Indian Bands, and Westbank First Nation; and in Northern Washington state, the Colville Confederated Tribes. Our members share the same land, nsyilxcən language, culture, and customs. We are a distinct and sovereign Nation.
Today the Syilx/Okanagan People continue to assert their jurisdiction and responsibility over the sterwarding of their land, resources and quality of life of their citizens. Our nsyilxcən language and our Syilx/Okanagan culture respectfully honour the natural laws of the tmixw – that which gives us life.