First Speakers Language Gathering

March 24th, 2023

Lifting up the voices of our elders

The First Speakers Language Gathering is a space for fluent language speakers to gather and discuss planning around sqilxʷ education, culture, and well-being.

Honoraria and travel support will be provided to first speakers only. Other sqilxʷ are welcome to join and listen!

Day 1: 5 pm – 8 pm Reception dinner for visiting, laughing, and grounding ourselves in the purpose of the gathering.
Day 2: 9 am – 5 pm Discussions and planning around sqilxʷ education, culture, and wellbeing. Social visits in the evening.
Day 3: 9 am 1 pm Wrap-up discussions, next steps, farewells.

Open to Syilx nation Members only | Spaces are limited!

PLEASE NOTE: The March 2024 Gathering has been postponed due to a death in community. We will share new date as soon as possible. Our sincerest condolences to the family, friends, and community. 

POSTPONED First Speakers Gathering Poster March 2024


Syilx Nation Data Governance Plan Presentations

February 2nd, 2023

nłk̓ʷsalqʷm: ackum iʔ sck̓łpaʔx̌tət

The Syilx Data Plan has been guided by the collective knowledge and wisdom of our ancestors, elders, knowledge keepers, and Nation members of today to plan and prepare for the people-to-be.

Good quality wellness data helps with community planning and monitoring of programs. ONA data team would like to invite you learn about the Nation data plan that is built on sqlxʷɬcaẃtət (our ways).

Sessions will be held in each community – more info coming soon!

Apr 11 – OKIB Syilx Data Governance Plan Sessions

xʷəxʷmínaʔ Trout Fishery

April 11th, 2022

The Syilx Nation would like to invite Syilx Nation members to join us for the xʷəxʷmínaʔ Trout Fishery. We will be fishing for rainbow trout and bull trout and reconnecting with the eastern part of our Syilx Territory.

Fishery will be hosted at the mouth of the Lardeau River at the Trout Lake Recreation Site near Kaslo BC. Fishery to start at sunrise and run throughout the day and weekend.

Open to all Syilx Nation Members | Travel Support Available

Lardeau Trout Fishery 2024 Poster

captikʷɬ: k̓ʷəck̓ʷəcstim iʔ stəɬtaɬtet

November 19th, 2021

Strengthening Our Truth

Okanagan Nation Alliance will be hosting captikʷl Forums this year, in partnership with the En’owkin Centre. The captikʷł forums are held for insight and community engagement in examining Syilx captikʷł, how lessons from the captikʷł connect with our modern way of living, and how to integrate Syilx values and principles within captikʷł in Policy & Planning.

captikʷł are a collection of teachings about Syilx Okanagan laws, customs, values, governance structures and principles that, together, define and inform Syilx Okanagan rights and responsibilities to the land and to our culture.

Open to Syilx Nation Members only.

PLEASE NOTE: Session 3 of captikʷɬ: k̓ʷəck̓ʷəcstim iʔ stəɬtaɬtet has been rescheduled to April 19, 2024.  

RESCHEDULED April 19 – captikwl Forum 3 Poster
RESCHEDULED April 19 – captikwl Forum 3 Agenda

Grandmothers Gathering

January 24th, 2020

Calling Syilx Grandmothers who are passionate about working with children and families to reclaim and restore Syilx family ways of being.

This event is an opportunity for Grandmothers within the Syilx Okanagan Nation to gather and focus on familial roles, Nation needs, and traditional models of child-raising in today’s world.  Grandmothers will identify training and capacity needs within the Nation, define and reclaim family roles and responsibilities, and connect with one another.

Syilx Grandmothers have an inherent role and responsibility to strengthen/teach the practice of Syilx traditions, culture and language. Following Phase II, and Phase IV of the Grandmothers Group Strategy, this event includes Nation and community relationship development and initial steps to the development of a Grandmothers Group Work Plan.

Open to all Syilx Nation Grandmothers | Spaces are limited

PLEASE NOTE: Registration is currently full along with our waiting list. We will contact those already registered if we receive any cancellations. Thank you all for your interest!

2024 Grandmothers Gathering Poster

Spirit of Syilx Unity Run

November 23rd, 2016

We run for our people and our land

The Unity Run emerged in June 2009, as a response to youth requesting to come together and find a way to raise awareness about suicide and violence in their communities. This event allows the ONA to engage with the youth in the community, provides a significant opportunity to reach the ever-growing number of youth among the eight member communities and hearing what issues are important to them. Between 140 and 200 Okanagan Nation members will come together over the multi-day event, with a minimum of 100 partakers joining for the entire event. Based on the previous years, the average age of runners will be in between the ages of 14 and 18, with the youngest runner being 5 and the oldest in their 60’s.

The majority of the runners will be members of Okanagan Nation communities who are chaperoned by designated community members. If you have youth that would like to participate, please contact your local member community youth worker or Wellness/Health department. If you would like to bring your own youth or yourselves please register directly with the ONA.

This event occurs annually on the first weekend in June!


If you are interested in donating to the Spirit of Syilx Unity Run for Suicide and Violence Awareness, please see payment options below:

  • E-transfer to (we are registered for auto-deposit – no password required)
    • Please include a note for your e-transfer in the message box stating “Donation – Unity Run 2024”
  • Cheques payable to “Okanagan Nation Alliance” (please see mailing address below)
    • Please include a note of your cheque in the memo box stating “Donation – Unity Run 2024”
  • Cash donations can be dropped off at our main office

Mailing Address: 101-3535 Old Okanagan Hwy, Westbank BC V4T 3L7


Fry Releases

November 18th, 2016

kł cp’elk’ stim’

This ceremonial release of Okanagan Sockeye fry takes place by members of the Syilx Okanagan Nation and over 430 students from local schools so that kł cp̓əlk̓ stim̓ (cause to come back) will continue. These fry have been raised as part of Okanagan Nation Alliance’s (ONA) Fish in Schools Program along with fry from the hatchery. ntyitix (salmon) is central to the Syilx Okanagan peoples creation stories and through our captikwl (oral history), passed down through generations; it is our responsibility to be stewards of our lands and waters. These ceremonies with our language, songs and prayers are an integral part of the work that we continue, to ensure our efforts to revitalize our culture. For thousands of years these ceremonies and customs have been brought forward for our children.

Everyone is welcome to attend and participate. Due to logistics, we ask that all large groups please contact the organizer prior to attending.

May 2, 2024 – 10: 00 am at Shingle Creek Fry Release Location (by Super Save Gas Penticton)

May 7, 2024 – 10: 00 am at Lower Vernon Creek Fry Release Location (by Marshall Fields Dog Park)

May 8, 2024 – 10:00 am at Mission Creek Fry Release Location (by Mission Creek Dog Park)

May 9, 2024 – 10:00 am at Six Mile Creek Fry Release Location (by OKIB Fire Hall)

May 13, 2024 – 10:00 am at Castlegar Fry Release Location (Millennium Park)

May 13, 2024 – 2:00 pm at Slocan Fry Release Location

May 14 – 10:00 am at Revelstoke Fry Release Location

Spallumcheen River Release Location (Cherryville Recreation Site)

OK Falls Release Location (Just past sx̌ʷəx̌ʷnitkʷ OK Falls Park)

Salmon River Release Location (Tim’s By The River Campsite)

Please Note: Locations may not be exact but ONA Signage and vehicles will be onsite to assist. 

2024 Sockeye Fry Releases