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.
Four Food Chiefs Gathering November 2-3, 2021
The Four Food Chiefs Gathering is an annual gathering of Syilx Nation members. The event consists of workshops, discussions, presentations, keynotes and activities that focus on connecting to the land and water, connecting to each other, our well-being and learning useful tools to thrive! Open to all Syilx Nation members – Space is limited due […]
Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, & Two Spirit Gathering 2022 Date TBC
The Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls (MMIWG) has been a National tragedy over many decades, and has affected Syilx Nation directly through the loss of women and girls within our communities. The October 2021 gathering focused on highlighting and addressing issues that affect our communities such as family violence, sexual violence, and intergenerational […]
Stories Forums: captikʷl as our teacher 2022 TBD
Okanagan Nation Alliance will be hosting 3 Captikʷl Stories Forums this year, in partnership with the Enowkin 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 […]
Syilx Water Forum 2022 TBD
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 2022
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
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
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...
Purple Ribbon Campaign August 31, 2021
#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 2021 Date Cancelled Due to COVID-19
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 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...
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...
Grandmothers Gathering TBD
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 2022 Date TBD
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 2022 Date TBD
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 2022 TBA
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 […]