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.

 

Upcoming Events

Stories Forums: captikʷl as our teacher March 19, 2021
March 26, 2021

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 March 22, 2021

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...

Syilx Men’s Wellness Gathering March 30, 2021

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 31, 2021

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 […]


Annual Events

Stories Forums: captikʷl as our teacher March 19, 2021
March 26, 2021

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 March 22, 2021

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 May

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...

Annual General Assembly & Youth Leadership Gathering July

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 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 […]

Syilx Nation Salmon Feast September 17-19, 2021

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...

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...


Workshops and Training

Syilx Knowledge Circle

Data governance is what Syilx have done from time immemorial – protected, gathered, stored, and shared their knowledge. One of the main aspects of Syilx data governance has been protection. Careful consideration was given to who should be trained as the safe keeper of certain knowledge, and how and when the knowledge was shared. The […]

Syilx Teachings for Healing

The Okanagan Nation Response Team presents a virtual mental health workshop with Leon Louis of LSIB and Wilfred “Grouse” Barnes of WFN. They will be sharing their knowledge of Syilx medicines & teachings for healing. This will workshop will provide space for nation members to talk, laugh, engage, and learn more about themselves. The workshop […]

Circle of Healing: Family & Sexual Violence

This online weekly group series is hosted by the You Empowered Strong Program (YES) for the support, healing and prevention of family & sexual violence. YES in partnership with the South Okanagan Women In Needs Society are hosting 8 ‘Circle of Healing’ sessions to support individuals who have experienced sexual violence. The meetings will be […]


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...