#WElovelanguage Campaign

The Okanagan Nation Alliance’s Wellness Committee, comprised of the 7 member communities, continues to work towards and support the safety, health and wellbeing for our families. As part of the Nation Wellness Strategy, they identified a need to support family relationships, which includes addressing family violence. Emerging from this realization, the You Empowered & Strong’ (YES) program was initiated in 2017.

The YES program is working towards changing the community norms that support and perpetuate violence, such as the way we speak to loved ones. This coming February and March, 2018, YES Lead Laurie Wilson & YES Coordinator Coola Louis will be distributing nsylixcen & English ‘love language’ candies throughout Syilx communities as a means to campaign and create more understanding of the YES program, alongside promoting Syilx culture and values. This campaign takes place alongside broader events, such as the Sisters in Spirit Vigil, which are all raising awareness of issues of violence in our communities. Let’s all use love language when we are engaging with anyone in our lives.


Nsyilxcen Translation
k̓łt̓mʕasm Kiss
n̓kl̓xʷusm Hug
mipnwíxʷ Get to know each other
ʕay̓n̓cút Laugh
slax̌t Friend
spʔus Heart
tmixʷ All living things

*Also includes the English versions of “balance” and “peace”. All nsyilxcen terms are currently being recorded as audio clips for pronunciation and will be shared here once complete.