Okanagan Nation Salmon Feast


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.

Camping is available on a first come, first serve basis. Dinner will be provided on Friday, Lunch and dinner on Saturday and Lunch on Sunday. Registration for campsites and vendor space is very limited and is highly encouraged to be sent in as soon as possible.

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

Salmon Feast Poster 2019

Salmon Feast Call for Cooks 2019

SF Call for Salmon Cook 2019

2019 SF Campsite Application Form

2019 SF Vendor Application Form

Event Sponsors:

Partners of the Salmon Feast

BC Hydro

Fortis BC

Friends of the Salmon Feast

Columbia Power Corporation

Mandell Pinder

Sockeye Salmon Sponsor

Upper Nicola Band

Gorman Bros. Lumber

Big White Ski Resort

Watermark Beach Resort

Fry Sponsor

Osoyoos Indian Band

Lower Similkameen Indian Band

Westbank First Nation

Donovan & Company

Greyback Construction Ltd.

Associated Environmental

Royal Bank of Canada

Okanagan Basin Water Board

University of British Columbia

Event Date:
September 20-22, 2019

Event Time:
5:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Event Location:
sx̌ʷəx̌ʷnitkʷ (Okanagan Falls) Provincial Park, Okanagan Falls, BC

Event Map:


For more information, please contact:

Taylor Carpenter, Events Planner

T 250 707 0095 ext. 233

E tcarpenter@syilx.org