Okanagan Nation Declaration

In 1976 the Syilx/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 Syilx/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)