LivingWorks Start – Suicide Prevention Training

January 21st, 2022

We are pleased to announce that ONA is providing free LivingWorks Start Suicide Prevention Training for Syilx Nation members & front-line staff to be completed individually online, at your own pace.

LivingWorks Start teaches valuable skills to everyone 13 and older and requires no formal training or prior experience in suicide prevention. The training is approximately 90 minutes and teaches trainees to recognize when someone is thinking about suicide and connect them to help and support.

– Open to Syilx Nation Members (ages 13 and up) and/or Syilx Nation Front-line Staff
– Space is limited to 30 spots – so all participants must register.
– Trainees must commit to aftercare follow up with one the following ONA Staff Members
Kim Montgomery, Mental Health Lead
Charlotte Whitehead, ONRT Senior Coordinator
Tanya MacKeigan, Mental Health & Addictions Specialist

LivingWorks Start Poster

Healthy Relationships: Restoring of Self and Connections

December 8th, 2021


LOCATION: En’owkin Centre – 154 En’owkin Trail, Penticton BC, V2A 0E1


The You Empowered Strong Program, in partnership with the South Okanagan Restorative Justice Program are hosting a bi-weekly Healthy Relationship Series. Come learn some tools to help and strengthen family and/or personal relationships. All sessions include dinner. Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions as they are cumulative.
*Please note: This event will be offered in person only; there will be no virtual option to attend.

Open to all Syilx Okanagan Nation members and community members ages 15+

Session 1: January 25, 2022 – Getting Healthy
Session 2: February 8, 2022 – Understanding Feelings
Session 3: February 22, 2022 – Dealing with Anger
Session 4: March 8, 2022 – Breaking the Intergenerational Cycle of Abuse
Session 5: March 22, 2022 – Empathy and Respect
Session 6: April 5, 2022 – Celebration and Self-Care

1. By order of the PHO, proof of vaccination will be required to attend our in-person events over 50 people. Starting October 24, 2021, you must be fully vaccinated (at least 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine). For more information please visit: Provincial & Regional Restrictions | COVID-19 | IH (

2. 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.

3. 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.

*This event is subject to cancellation due to COVID-19.


Healthy Relationships Poster (2)

River Restoration Workshop

July 12th, 2017

The Okanagan Nation Alliance in collaboration with many project partners have been successfully restoring spawning and rearing habitat for salmon in the Okanagan Basin for over 15 years. Traditional Ecological Knowledge, best management practices, measured stream geometry and natural habitat features have guided these restoration works. This workshop will teach the math behind the stream analysis and hydraulics that directed the restoration designs and describe the planning, construction, monitoring methods and results.

 Workshop outline:

  • Teach the calculations behind the stream analysis, river hydraulics and pool-riffle design
  • Field visits to several habitat restoration projects
  • Show the process of implementing a river restoration project from beginning-to-end (planning, designs, construction, and adaptive management)
  • Explain the projects monitoring methods and results
  • Discussion and poster sessions: hydraulic modelling, fish habitat diversity, spawning beds, riffles, fish passage at barriers, floodplain reconnection, wetland restoration

Course targeted to but not limited to:

  • Those designing or reviewing river instream works, particularly for salmon habitat
  • Environmental scientists and project managers (Biologists, Engineers, Geomorphologists, Hydrologists and Fisheries Technicians)
  • Community members and general public

Course details:

  • Date: 2022 Date TBC
  • Location: To Be Confirmed
  • Registration and fees: 2022 Registration TBC
  • Payment: Email transfers (EMT), Cheque, or Invoice for larger groups. Seats will be reserved once payment is received.