Join us for a presentation and discussion on the Syilx Nation nnəqsil̓t Family Plan to raise awareness and answer questions on how it can benefit our Nation’s families.
The nnəqsil̓t Family Plan and the Nation Family Declaration, developed by elders and knowledge keepers, will work together to support the Nation’s families and children, and revitalize aspects of our ways of being.
Open to Syilx Nation Members – Dinner will be provided
This event is subject to cancellation due to COVID-19.
LSIB Community Session has been cancelled and will be postponed to a later date, please stay tuned for more details!
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1. Where food is provided at ONA events, we will always try to include a vegetarian option and gluten free option,
however, given that we do not control all cooking environments, we cannot make any guarantees.
2. We will try to ensure that all event locations are accessible, however, given the wide variety of locations and
spaces ONA events are held at, we cannot make any guarantees.
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The Annual General Assembly takes place each summer, along with the Syilx Elder Youth Summit. 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.
AGA 2022 Save The Date
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, 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.
This event occurs annually on the first weekend in June!
2022 Unity Run Update
The Okanagan Nation Alliance is happy to be back in full-swing for our 14th annual Spirit of Syilx Unity Run! We are running in-person on June 3-5 from KIRS to Penticton IRS monument via Chase this year to trace the journey that our ancestors made and honour the children.
The virtual component of Unity Run will be different this year. We will use this virtual Facebook group to host daily giveaways for those who submit kilometers each day but we will not be “hosting” the run virtually as we will be running in-person again this year! The Facebook group will still bring folks together to motivate and encourage each other to participate in walking or running daily, and act as platform for sharing information about the in-person run, as well.
Syilx Nation Members are able to join the 2022 Spirit of Syilx Unity Run Facebook Group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/495080018348944/
*Registration not required for virtual run!
Youth Workers Registration – In Person Run: https://forms.gle/QnfeWDeuUqEipTwY6
Family/Individual Registration – In Person Run: https://forms.gle/mRA3FjyXjkreHuTk9
Unity Run Poster 2022
Unity Run Schedule 2022
Kł cp’elk’ stim’
This ceremonial release of Okanagan Sockeye fry takes place by members of the Syilx Okanagan Nation and over 430 students from local schools so that kł cp̓əlk̓ stim̓ (cause to come back) will continue. These fry have been raised as part of Okanagan Nation Alliance’s (ONA) Fish in Schools Program along with fry from the hatchery. ntyitix (salmon) is central to the Syilx Okanagan peoples creation stories and through our captikwl (oral history), passed down through generations; it is our responsibility to be stewards of our lands and waters. These ceremonies with our language, songs and prayers are an integral part of the work that we continue, to ensure our efforts to revitalize our culture. For thousands of years these ceremonies and customs have been brought forward for our children.
Everyone is welcome to attend and participate.
May 5 – Shingle Creek: Next to Supersave Gas in Penticton https://goo.gl/maps/ynD9Ef3C5ArYe27h8
May 10 – Mission Creek: KLO and Spiers Rd in Kelowna https://goo.gl/maps/N8jqfjJdjMos5M9p7
May 11 – Salmon River: At “By the River Campground” off of Range Road https://goo.gl/maps/wvKxxeFZEcpeidA57
May 12 – Trout Creek: Near Sun-Oka Beach Park https://goo.gl/maps/mFzGDgNr7Gs6hYAG6
May 17 – Castlegar: At Millennium Park https://goo.gl/maps/BAohCp8jaA1jXuF29
May 17 – Slocan: At Slocan Beach Boat Launch https://goo.gl/maps/KhDAKmnfBt8bxyxh6
May 18 – Revelstoke: Centennial Park Boat Launch https://goo.gl/maps/uuJWAceh4X8puPS58
May 24 – Six Mile Creek: Bonneau Rd and Westside Rd https://goo.gl/maps/YSxqsXSc7J774jgd9
Fry Release Poster 2022