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.


Annual Events

Elder and Youth Gathering Friday April 13 to Sunday April 15, 2018

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...

Sockeye Fry Release Wednesday May 2, 2018

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...

Syilx Early Years Gathering February 26, 2018

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 May 9-12, 2019

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

Annual General Assembly & Youth Leadership Gathering July 17-19, 2018

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 ...

Okanagan Nation Salmon Feast September 20-22, 2019

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...

Wellness Forum October 22-23, 2018

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...

15 Years of Restoring Salmon Habitat in the q̓awsitkʷ Okanagan River October 2-3, 2018

Due to the success of the 2016 and 2017 workshops, the Okanagan Nation Alliance and Newbury Hydraulics will be offering again this 2 days’ workshop in 2018. The Okanagan Nation Alliance in collaboration many project partners have been successfully restoring spawning and rearing habitat for Columbia River sockeye in their Canadian headwaters. Traditional Ecological Knowledge, […]

Salmon Ceremonies June 21-26, 2017

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...

Syilx Okanagan Water Forum March 22nd 2019

The Syilx Okanagan Water Forum is taking place on World Water Day, Friday, March 22, 2019. This is a follow up from Forward Thinking: Syilx Knowledge Informing Watershed Planning Forum’s major commitments of the need to gather out on the land, asserting our responsibility for siwɬkʷ and “collaboration, higher consciousness, being open to opportunities”. Registration is free […]


nxʷyaɬptkʷ Water Responsibility Planning Meeting

ONA is looking to hold an nʕawqnwixʷ for the Kettle River Watershed. Join us for a preliminary meeting to discuss the importance of , traditional uses of nxwyaɬptkw and the watershed, a future vision, and impacts of current land and water uses. Meeting open to any Okanagan Nation member who has ties to the Kettle […]

Programs in Community

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...

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...

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...


BRIDGES Social Entrepreneurship

It is recognized that with the proper training and support there are increasing opportunities for Syilx Youth to become self-employeed by using their cultural grounding to become Syilx cultural representatives.  These groups of new facilitators are an essential resource, as they are becoming the people who will deliver workshops and trainings within their communities. They […]

kłtql̓tikn: Mountain Top Series

Our journey of reclaiming who we are as Okanagan has taken us over many roads (Unity Run), down many waterways (Canoe Trek), and now it will take us to the kłtql̓tikn (mountain tops). BRIDGES: Stories From the Land will be honouring these places by bringing youth to camp, hike, and learn in parts of our […]

kłtql̓tikn naqs (Mountain Top One): Preparing for the Journey

An essential first step to in beginning our journey to the mountaintops is creating and preparing a support team that will be able to successfully teach and lead our youth to the summit! It’s important that we establish a strong foundation and do everything we can to make this series all it can be for […]


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...

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...