Honouring our siwɬkʷ
The Water Forum is an annual event hosted by the ONA Natural Resources Department that works to promote and create public awareness of Syilx Okanagan People and their sacred connection to siwɬkʷ. One of the main goals of the Water Strategy is to improve the way water is managed within Syilx Territory and ensure that clean, flowing water is properly respected and available for all living things. Each year of the Water Forum focuses on a different area within Syilx Okanagan Territory and the water in that area, as well as different topics to focus on each year. The event brings together Syilx Okanagan Nation members, community members, local partners and organizations, and leadership. The event is held on World Water Day, March 22, each year.
This years 8th annual Water Forum will explore how the Syilx Okanagan Nation holds up siwɬkʷ as a living relative. There will be a keynote presentation from a Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui representative on I am the River, and the River is me: Legal personhood and emerging rights of nature. Their efforts to get the Whanganui River recognized as a living entity. There will also be a panel discussion on understanding water in the Okanagan. How do we protect the water and what collective actions we can take. We are asking everyone who can to go to the shores of kɬúsx̌nítkʷ at 2:30pm to offer prayers and gratitude for siwɬkʷ.
ks͜ kəɬqayxʷntim iʔ siwɬkʷ – We will protect the water.
Forum is virtual and registration is free and open to everyoneSyilx Water Forum - poster
2022 Syilx Water Forum Agenda