Events

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.

 

Upcoming Events

North American Indigenous Games 2017

The Okanagan Nation proudly recognizes the 38 Syilx participants from across the Territory who will be competing in the 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG). All of these competitors demonstrate a high level of dedication and excellence in their sport. They have further exhibited a strong commitment to their participation and representation at NAIG through […]

15 Years of Restoring Salmon Habitat in the q̓awsitkʷ Okanagan River

The Okanagan Nation Alliance in collaboration with many project partners have been successfully restoring spawning and rearing habitat for Columbia River sockeye in their Canadian headwaters. Traditional Ecological Knowledge, best management practices, measured stream geometry and natural habitat features have guided the restoration works. The workshop will discuss the stream analysis and hydraulics that directed […]

Youth TEK Series: EnRiching My Life

INST 145 – nsyilxcen Studies: Social Foundations Location: Ashnola Campground Dates: July 30 (arrival), July 31 – August 4 (course) A fundamental overview of the concepts and worldview contained in key Okanagan language words and Captikwl. Site visits to various locations. INST 245 – Okanagan Cultural Development I Location: Various leave from Enowkin Daily at […]

Wellness Forum

The Wellness Forum arose from the Okanagan Nation Alliance’s Wellness Department as a platform to connect with the nation’s community members, health care workers and frontline...

Okanagan Nation Salmon Feast

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...

Youth Leadership Gathering

The Youth Leadership Gathering was created as a platform for the nation’s youth to learn more about governance and leadership from the Chief’s Executive Council (CEC) during the...

Annual General Assembly

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 ...


Annual Events

Wellness Forum

The Wellness Forum arose from the Okanagan Nation Alliance’s Wellness Department as a platform to connect with the nation’s community members, health care workers and frontline...

Okanagan Nation Salmon Feast

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...

Youth Leadership Gathering

The Youth Leadership Gathering was created as a platform for the nation’s youth to learn more about governance and leadership from the Chief’s Executive Council (CEC) during the...

Annual General Assembly

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 ...


BRIDGES

Youth TEK Series: EnRiching My Life

INST 145 – nsyilxcen Studies: Social Foundations Location: Ashnola Campground Dates: July 30 (arrival), July 31 – August 4 (course) A fundamental overview of the concepts and worldview contained in key Okanagan language words and Captikwl. Site visits to various locations. INST 245 – Okanagan Cultural Development I Location: Various leave from Enowkin Daily at […]


Workshops and Training

15 Years of Restoring Salmon Habitat in the q̓awsitkʷ Okanagan River

The Okanagan Nation Alliance in collaboration with many project partners have been successfully restoring spawning and rearing habitat for Columbia River sockeye in their Canadian headwaters. Traditional Ecological Knowledge, best management practices, measured stream geometry and natural habitat features have guided the restoration works. The workshop will discuss the stream analysis and hydraulics that directed […]


Meetings


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...


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...