#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 well-being 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. Over January 2019 the YES team 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 Audio
k̓łt̓mʕasm Kiss  Kiss
n̓kl̓xʷusm Hug  Hug
mipnwíxʷ Get to know each other  Get to Know Each Other
ʕay̓n̓cút Laugh  Laugh
slax̌t Friend  Friend
spʔus Heart  Heart
tmixʷ All Living Things  All Living Things

*Also includes the English versions of “balance” and “peace”.