The coyote god brought the salmon up the Columbia River to the Syilx (Okanagan) People.

The coyote god brought the salmon up the Columbia River to the Syilx (Okanagan) People.

10 cool facts about Canada you probably didn’t know

10 cool facts about Canada you probably didn’t know

Canada is the land of the maple leaf. Here's 10 cool facts about Canada you’ll find.

The Okanagan River is experiencing such healthy sockeye returns this year that First Nations are sharing their catch with those from communities in the Williams Lake region and north who are suffering because of historic low sockeye returns on the Fraser system.

Fraser River sockeye run at lowest level in more than 120 years, Pacific Salmon Commission reports

Kelowna is the Okanagan First Nation word for “grizzly bear”.  The Okanagan Valley’s first people were the Syilx. The Syilx were self-reliant, hunting and gathering for food, clothing and shelter and flourished throughout the region. The Syilx remain proud inhabitants of the Okanagan and a partner in sustaining the Valley’s environment, economy and culture.

Every community has a unique history and Kelowna is no exception. Now a lively and modern lakeside city, Kelowna’s rural past is still ever-present in its landmarks, traditions and culture.

Pauline Terbasket, Executive Director of the Okanagan Nation Alliance releases Okanagan Sockeye Fry into Shingle Creek as part of a ceremony to restore salmon.

Pauline Terbasket, Executive Director of the Okanagan Nation Alliance releases Okanagan Sockeye Fry into Shingle Creek as part of a ceremony to restore salmon.

The importance of the Salmon Feast is highlighted by the successful return of sc’win (Okanagan sockeye salmon) to the Okanagan region in 2016. The return of these fish provides food security to Okanagan Nation member communities.

The importance of the Salmon Feast is highlighted by the successful return of sc’win (Okanagan sockeye salmon) to the Okanagan region in The return of these fish provides food security to Okanagan Nation member communities.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be visiting First Nations groups and highlighting their traditions, histories, languages and cultures.

Royal tour spotlights First Nations

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be visiting First Nations groups and highlighting their traditions, histories, languages and cultures.

The Syilx (Okanagan Nation Alliance) overcome insurmountable obstacles like hydro-electric power dams, environmental degradation, urban sprawl, agribusiness, politics, and pollution to ensure the the sockeye salmon return to the Okanagan.

The Syilx (Okanagan Nation Alliance) overcome insurmountable obstacles like hydro-electric power dams, environmental degradation, urban sprawl, agribusiness, politics, and pollution to ensure the the sockeye salmon return to the Okanagan.

Life, Salmon, and the Future for the 'Namgis First Nation | VICE |  Canada

Life, Salmon, and the Future for the 'Namgis First Nation

The indigenous Canadian community, which has long relied on fishing, sees farmed salmon as an existential threat.

The Westbank First Nations commissioned artist Smoker Marchand to create the piece. This monument is not his first statue in the Okanagan, having also done work commissioned by Osoyoos Indian Band. Elder Grouse Barnes from WFN said that though Marchand is from the United States, he is still part of the community. “There was never a line there before,” said Barnes. “So he's just like a brother to us. He's our relative from down south." Elder Grouse Barnes WFN

Westbank First Nation Honours Soldiers with New Monument

A new sculpture by renowned First Nation artist Smoker Marchand was unveiled in Westbank.  Marchand says the steel monument, which depicts three warriors in full battle dress, represents veterans of all backgrounds who have served in the military.  “I wanted to show a strong Indian man. I wanted to show a strong Indian woman. And I wanted to show a soldier who could be any soldier,” he says.

WEST KELOWNA – A new sculpture by renowned First Nation artist Smoker Marchand was unveiled in West Kelowna Tuesday.Marchand says the steel monument,

Michele Johnson came to UBC’s Okanagan campus in 2008 planning to study ethno-botany and its relationship to Syilx culture and narrative. While taking a course on the Nsyilxcn language, she discovered it was critically endangered with only 50 fluent speakers remaining.

First Nations PhD grads take knowledge back to community

UBC’s Okanagan campus celebrates its first two Aboriginal PhD graduates this week.

Return of the sockeye - People gathered on the banks of the Okanagan River in Penticton on Saturday to learn more about the return of sockeye salmon coming home after a 6,000 kilometre journey to the ocean and back. Celebrate the Salmon open houses hosted by the Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance and the Okanagan Nation Alliance.

People gathered on the banks of the Okanagan River in Penticton on Saturday to learn more about the return of sockeye salmon coming home after a kilometre journey to the ocean and back.

Roxanne Lindley has been elected as the new chief of the Westbank First Nation.

Roxanne Lindley has been elected as the new chief of the Westbank First Nation.

Escape With Your Family to Kelowna - On Wednesdays and Saturdays, the Kelowna Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market is the place to stock your camping cooler with local delicacies, like wild caught Okanagan Sockeye salmon.  | @VIAwesome

Escape With Your Family to Kelowna - On Wednesdays and Saturdays, the Kelowna Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market is the place to stock your camping cooler with local delicacies, like wild caught Okanagan Sockeye salmon.

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