Events

As Syilx people, gathering together for an event is a time honoured tradition. From gathering together for storytelling in the winters, or in the summers to fish, events continue to hold an important role in our daily lives.

Continuation of multicommunal social institutions of interaction, of kinship, gathering, and practicing activities language and ceremony is a vital contribution in today’s day and age, building or enhancing relationship support and help and identity for all involved. The concept of getting to know the land and each other is a long-term practice in health and well-being in all aspects of traditional land management and self-care.

These community focused events help encourage and instill cultural teachings, education and awareness for the Nation and the public, build success in terms of understanding cultural identity through holistic occasions such as the Unity Run, R’Native Voice, and Youth Leadership Gathering. These events give cause to ignite the spark and passion in the journey that youth, women, men, and elders transition through.

Jan 2023 Events
Upcoming Events

Honouring kiʔláwnaʔ Ceremony February 10, 2023

Honouring kiʔláwnaʔ (grizzly bear) Ceremony 🐾 The Syilx Nation would like to invite you to join us for a ceremony to honour and pray for kiʔláwnaʔ in the territory. Hosted at Dixon Terbasket’s residence located directly across the Hwy from the Lower Similkameen Indian Band Office at 1420 Crowsnest Hwy 3 Fire started at 8:00am […]

Healthy Relationships: Restoring Self & Connections Begins January 17, 2023 (bi-weekly on Tuesdays)

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. There is no virtual option to attend. […]

capti’kʷl: kʷəckʷəcstimʔ iʔ stəɬtaɬtet February 09, 2023

Okanagan Nation Alliance will be hosting several captikʷl Stories Forums this year, in partnership with the En’owkin 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 […]


Annual Events

Children First Forum 2023 Date TBC

The Children First Forum is an annual ONA event held to bring together syilx Okanagan leadership, staff, and community members working with children and families to equip them with tools for care of our children.  This includes building relationships, gaining new ideas and perspectives, preparing to lobby for legal jurisdiction, and addressing any gaps. Open […]

capti’kʷl: kʷəckʷəcstimʔ iʔ stəɬtaɬtet February 09, 2023

Okanagan Nation Alliance will be hosting several captikʷl Stories Forums this year, in partnership with the En’owkin 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 […]

Four Food Chiefs Gathering October 2023

ɬə txətʼntiməlx mnimɬcəlx kʷu ks txətʼntimʼ The Four Food Chiefs Gathering is an annual gathering of Syilx Nation members. This event focuses on information sharing, utilizing the enowkinwixw model through our Four Food Chiefs. Each year, the event consists of workshops, discussions, presentations, keynotes and activities that focus on connecting to the land and water, […]

Syilx Indian Residential School Healing Gathering November 28-29, 2022

puti kʷu‿alaʔ The Syilx Indian Residential School (SIRS) Committee at the ONA holds an annual gathering for Syilx Okanagan residential school survivors, intergenerational survivors, and other family members to share stories, support each other, and participate in healing together. Residential schools were extremely disruptive to Syilx Okanagan relationships. Families were separated and roles were forgotten, […]

Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, & Two Spirit Gathering October 2023

The Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLBTQQIA+ (MMIWG2S) has been a National tragedy over many decades, and has affected the Syilx Nation directly through the loss of our loved ones within our communities. The 4th annual MMIWG2S Gathering will feature Keynote speakers and presentations on some of the current issues so the Syilx […]

Syilx Water Forum March 22, 2023

The Water Forums is a gathering of the community to showcase the work completed through the Natural Resource Department’s Community Water Forum Project. The...

Spirit of Syilx Youth Unity Run June 2023

The Unity Run kicks off on the Thursday with a ceremony. Between 140 and 200 participants will come together over the 4 day...

Sockeye Fry Release May 2023

This ceremonial release of 10,000 Okanagan Sockeye fry takes place by members of the Okanagan Nation and over 430 students from local schools so that kł cp̓əlk̓ stim̓ (cause to come back) will...

Salmon Ceremonies June 2023

We honour our ancestors with this annual ceremony in which we gather in five separate locations along the Columbia River to help pray for the return of the salmon.

Annual General Assembly & Syilx Elder Youth Summit October 3-4, 2023

More than 200 people from across the Nation participate in this celebration that focused on the Nations accomplishments and provided an opportunity for community members to ...

Purple Ribbon Caravan 2023 Date TBD

#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 […]

Salmon Feast September 15-17, 2023

It is one of the goals of the Syilx Okanagan Nation to carry on the work of the people's ancestors and Elders who taught the importance of preserving and revitalizing...

Early Years Gathering 2023 Date TBC

I? scmala?tet The Early Years Gathering provides opportunity for Aboriginal Early Childhood professionals to engage in a manner that can contribute to capacity building and resource...

Grandmothers Gathering February 2023

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 […]

Syilx Men’s Wellness Gathering March 10-12, 2023

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 […]

Syilx Women’s Wellness Gathering March 17-19, 2022

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 […]

Syilx Nation Drug Forum 2023 Date TBD

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 […]


Workshops and Training

Healthy Relationships: Restoring Self & Connections

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. There is no virtual option to attend. […]

River Restoration Workshop

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 […]


Tours

Broodstock Tours

As part of the kł cp̓əlk̓ stim̓ initiative, ONA has been beach seining and collecting eggs and milt from adult Sockeye in the Okanagan River for rearing and release into Skaha Lake. Since...

Hatchery Tours

The kł cp̓əlk̓ stim̓ Hatchery is a testament to the perseverance of the Syilx/Okanagan people to realize their dream of restoring the n’titxw (Chief Salmon) – one of our Four...


Programs in Community

RNative Voice

R’Native Voice is a youth mental health program for ages 12-18 and is a prevention program to reduce drug use, incidence of suicide, depression and community violence...

Kwu x̌ast

Kwu x̌ast is a pilot prevention program that creates a space for children to safely express and explore their creativity through a variety of art forms and settings. Participants will at times work in one large...

Fish in Schools (FinS)

ONA’s Fish in Schools program is one of the key fish education programs for youth in the region, particularly the Sockeye salmon, so that students may become future advocates for both salmon...