Syilx Water Forum


Honouring our siwɬkʷ

The Water Forum is an annual event hosted by the ONA Natural Resources Department that works to promote and create public awareness of Syilx Okanagan People and their sacred connection to siwɬkʷ.  One of the main goals of the Water Strategy is to improve the way water is managed within Syilx Territory and ensure that clean, flowing water is properly respected and available for all living things.

Each year of the Water Forum focuses on a different area within Syilx Okanagan Territory and the water in that area, as well as different topics to focus on each year.  The event brings together Syilx Okanagan Nation members, community members, local partners and organizations, and leadership. The event is held on World Water Day, March 22, each year.

This year, the Syilx Nation would like to invite you to join us for a ceremony to honour and pray for siwɬkʷ (water) in the territory.

PLEASE NOTE: The March 22nd Water Ceremony has been postponed due to deaths in communities. We will email registered participants as soon as possible when a new date has been confirmed. 

POSTPONED Water Forum 2024 Poster


Event Date:
2024 Date TBC

Event Time:
2 PM

Event Location:
Kelowna City Park (basketball courts and beach near public washroom)


250-707-0095 ext. 121