It is one of the goals of the Syilx Nation to carry on the work of our Elders, who have taught us the importance of preserving and revitalizing our traditions, customs, and language. As part of this commitment the annual Salmon Feast provides the opportunity for snxa?l’iwlem (to honor the sacredness of the river) at sx̌ʷəx̌ʷnitkʷ (Okanagan Falls). sx̌ʷəx̌ʷnitkʷ is a culturally significant site for Syilx People, and an important traditional fishing camp, gathering place and trading site.
What: The 2017 Salmon Feast is a three-day event with multiple activities including: a canoe paddle, a 2.5km and 5 km run/walk, stick game tournament, performances and ceremonies, and on September 17 a salmon feast and ceremony to snxa?l’iwlem.
Why: Along with continuing snxa?l’iwlem the importance of the Salmon Feast is highlighted by the return of sc’win (Okanagan sockeye salmon) to Syilx territory. The Annual Salmon Feast is an essential practice in the continued organized efforts of the Okanagan Nation Alliance and member communities to also raise awareness in regards to the importance of the habitat protection and rehabilitation of local ecosystems, watersheds and a renewed connection between all residents of the region in regards to water and fish. It is vitally important that we honour the salmon so they will always come back to feed the people.
When: September 15-17, 2017
Where: sx̌ʷəx̌ʷnitkʷ (Okanagan Falls) Provincial Park
The Salmon Feast would not be possible without contributions from our generous sponsors including Okanagan Nation member communities, BC Hydro, Fortis BC, Columbia Power, Mandell Pinder, Gorman Bros., Big White Resort, Watermark Resort, Donovan and Company, UBCO Aboriginal and International Programs and many others.
Tara Montgomery, ONA Communications
Tel: 1.250.707.0095 ext. 120