As Syilx people, gathering together for an event is a time honored 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.
A New Standard of Care for Alcohol Use Disorder Presentation
This presentation will discuss a new standard of care for alcohol use disorder; how it was developed and the barriers to its use. The presentation will also cover screening, and new strategies for alcohol withdrawal. Dr. Jeff Harries has worked in Penticton since 1990 as a full-service General Practitioner. He recently began speaking to groups […]
Community is Medicine Workshop
In this 3-day virtual workshop presented by Dr. Thira, participants will learn about: – Cultural foundations of wellness and response teams, – Activating, planning and maintaining teams, – Community engagement methods and strategies for community development, – Developing successful and sustainable programs, – and more to build capacity and empower ourselves to respond to incidents […]
Purple Ribbon Campaign 2020
Join us on Facebook and Instagram as we spread awareness to #EndOverdose. Follow us online and print off your purple ribbons to place on your doors in support of International Overdose Awareness Day August 31st, 2020 Printable Purple Ribbons: #endoverdose Resources: Emergency Contact List Home Detox Resource IH Self-Management Resources Counting Your Drinks Safer Drinking […]
Okanagan Nation Fisheries Forum
The Okanagan Nation Fisheries Forum is open to all Okanagan Nation members and will address a wide range of issues relating to the Nation’s fisheries work, from food, harvest, management and protection to economics. Please join us for a day of poster presentations and networking, followed by World Café’s facilitation for engagement and outcomes. Fisheries […]
Syilx Wellbeing: Nation Drug Forum
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. This will be the fourth Nation Drug Forum in response to the opioid drug crisis and will focus on bringing awareness to overdose. This will be a […]
CANCELLED: Water Forum Cancelled
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...
CANCELLED: Syilx Nation Salmon Feast September 18-20, 2020
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...
Elders and Youth Gathering TBD
The Elder and Youth Gathering is held annually as a platform for relationship building, knowledge transfer and nation building between our elders and youth. The participants come...
Syilx Captikwl (Stories) Forum TBD
In Partnership with the En’owkin Centre, we will be examining Syilx Captikwl (stories) and how it connects with the development and operation of a Syilx organization as well as how to integrate Syilx values and principles within Captikwl and the utilization of stories in family violence.
Syilx Early Years Gathering TBD
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...
Spirit of Syilx Youth Unity Run June 3-7, 2020
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 TBD
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 TBA
We honor our ancestors with this annual ceremony in which we gather in two separate locations along the Columbia River to help pray for the return of the salmon, one on the United States...
Border Crossing Canoe Paddle TBD
Okanagan Nation Alliance is pround to support this grassroots movement. This is not an Okanagn Nation Alliance event but an event hosted and created by the Okanagan people themselves to practice our right to cross the border as outlined in The Jay Treaty. It was first created in 1999 and the participants paddle from the […]