Stories Forums: captikʷl as our teacher

November 6th, 2020

Okanagan Nation Alliance will be hosting 3 Captikʷl Stories Forums this year, in partnership with the Enowkin Centre. The Captikʷl forums are held for feedback and community engagement in examining Syilx captikʷl on the Syilx Way of Living, how lessons from the captikʷl connect with our modern way of living, and how to integrate Syilx values and principles within captikʷl in Policy & Planning.

Stories Forum 1 December 9th : Syilx Way of Living, hosted by Mental Wellbeing Team.

Stories Forum 2 January 15th : Syilx Family Connection, hosted by Family Decision Making Team.

Stories Forum 3 February 12th : Syilx Family Roles, Responsibilities & Rights, hosted by Child & Family Team.

Stories Forum 4 March 19th: Syilx Children & Family – Ensuring the Well-Being of Children

Stories Forum 5 March 26th: Syilx Connection to Water – Columbia River

Open to Syilx Nation Members only!

 

 

 


Purple Ribbon Campaign

August 14th, 2020

#EndOverdose

The Purple Ribbon Campaign is an annual campaign to raise awareness leading up to International Opioid Overdose Awareness Day on August 31.  The campaign focuses on sharing resources, promoting discussion, and offering information related to the drug and opioid crisis and is a response to the urgent need to address the stigma that surrounds drug use.  Through raising awareness, the campaign supports healing and creating change within our communities and our Nation.

Printable Purple Ribbons: #endoverdose

Resources:

Emergency Contact List

Home Detox Resource

IH Self-Management Resources

Counting Your Drinks

Safer Drinking Tips

BC COVID-19 Mental Health Network

For more resources and information visit: our-programs-and-services/purple-ribbon-campaign

 


Grandmothers Gathering

January 24th, 2020

Calling Syilx Grandmother’s who are passionate about working with children and families

This event is an opportunity for Grandmothers within the Syilx Okanagan Nation to gather and focus on familial roles, Nation needs, and traditional models of child-raising in today’s world.  Grandmothers will identify training and capacity needs within the Nation, define and reclaim family roles and responsibilties, and connect with one another.

 

 


Syilx Nation Drug Forum

June 20th, 2019

Responding to the opioid drug crisis

The Syilx Nation Drug Forum is an annual event to create space for sharing of information, resources, tools, stories and personal experiences related to drug and alcohol use. It began in response to the opioid drug crisis and focuses on bringing awareness to overdose. This will be a space for meaningful discussion around what is needed for the Nation going forward; capacity building as well as healing – these are integral elements to overall Syilx well-being which is the main objective of the ONA wellness program. We want to explore the personal experiences of people, families, and communities in the Nation and focus on what the needs are in moving toward wider opportunities for healing. Addiction and overdose is a complex issue that requires complex attention. We want to bring together Nation members, workers, and partners to continue meaningful conversations around addressing needs and creating healing.

This event is for Syilx Nation members and community members only.

Nation Drug Forum Save the Date

Nation Drug Forum Agenda


Syilx Women’s Wellness Gathering

January 10th, 2019

tkəłmilxʷ coming together

The YES Program aims to support Syilx Nation members who are dealing with the impacts of family violence. The Women’s Wellness Gathering creates space for women to gather on the land to discuss their roles and responsibilities in keeping our women and girls safe. It is a safe space for women to share openly and to discuss women’s issues freely, developing a spirit of comradery and nationhood.

This event is important because women have gender specific issues and goals that need to be planned and developed in hopes of decreasing violence within our communities. The outcome is a commitment to protect our women and girls and to live violence free. This is aligns with YES program deliverables and the need for women’s programming.

 


Syilx Men’s Wellness Gathering

January 10th, 2019

sqəl̓tmixʷ coming together

The YES Program aims to support Syilx Okanagan members who are dealing with the impacts of family violence. The Men’s Wellness Gathering creates space for men to gather on the land to discuss their roles and responsibilities in keeping our women and girls safe. It is a safe space for men to share openly and to discuss men’s issues freely, developing a spirit of comradery and nationhood.

This event is important because men have gender specific issues and goals that need to be planned and developed in hopes of decreasing violence within our communities. The outcome is a commitment to protect our women and girls and to live violence free. This is aligns with YES program deliverables and the need for men’s programming.


Syilx Nation Salmon Feast

November 29th, 2016

Join our celebration and honor the sacredness of the River

It is one of the goals of the Syilx (Okanagan) Nation to carry on the work of the peoples ancestors and Elders who taught the importance of  preserving and revitalizing the traditions, customs, and  language of the Syilx people. The Salmon Feast honours the sacredness of the river at sx̌ʷəx̌ʷnitkʷ (Okanagan Falls), which is a culturally significant site for the Syilx (Okanagan) People, and an important traditional fishing camp, gathering place and trading site. The Salmon Feast is a three-day event that involves multiple activities including: traditional performances and ceremonies, a canoe paddle, stick game tournament, and on the final day (Sunday) a salmon feast and ceremony for snxa?l’iwlem (to honour the sacredness of the river).

The Annual  Salmon Feast is an essential practice in the continued  organized efforts of the Okanagan Nation Alliance and member communities  to raise the importance of the habitat protection and rehabilitation of  local ecosystems, watersheds and a renew connections and relationships  between all  residents of the Region with water and fish. It is vitally important that we honour the salmon so they will always come back to feed the people.

Every year ONA commissions a Syilx artist to produce the artwork for the Salmon Feast Poster. To see the beautiful variety of these artworks please see the Salmon Feast Artwork Gallery below:

ONA Salmon Feast Artwork Gallery

 


Annual General Assembly & Youth Leadership Gathering

November 29th, 2016

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The Annual General Assembly takes place each summer, along with the Youth Leadership Gathering.  The event brings together the Syilx Okanagan Nation to celebrate our accomplishments and provide an opportunity for Nation members to come together.  The AGA is hosted by each of the Syilx Okanagan communities on a rotating basis.


Salmon Ceremonies

November 29th, 2016

Honoring Our Ancestors & Praying for the Salmon

We honor our ancestors with this annual ceremony in which we gather in two separate locations along the Columbia River to help pray for the return of the salmon, one on the United States side and one on the Canadian side. This two-day event starts at Kettle Falls, Washington which is organized by the Inchelium Language House Association and with the next day taking place in Castlegar, BC. These locations were chosen for their traditional location our people used to gather at to fish. Both these days start by gathering along the banks of the river to pray for the return of the fish which is then followed by a lunch and giveaway. Everyone is welcome to attend, so please bring your drum and help us pray for the return of the salmon. Registration is not needed.

 

 

 


Spirit of Syilx Youth Unity Run

November 23rd, 2016

We run for our people and our land

Between 140 and 200 Okanagan Nation members will come together over the multi-day event, with a minimum of 100 partakers joining for the entire event. Based on the previous years, the average age of runners will be in between the ages of 14 and 18 years of age, with the youngest runner being 5 and the oldest in their 60’s.  The majority of the runners will be members of Okanagan Nation communities who are chaperoned by designated community members. If you have youth that would like to participate please contact your local member community youth worker or Wellness/Health department. If you would like to bring your own youth or yourselves please register directly with the ONA.

In 2020, the ONA hosted their first virtual Unity Run due to social distancing and isolation precautions because of the COVID-19 pandemic.