Listed below are 5 issues to occur in Kelowna this week to assist native tribal peoples
Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a time to celebrate the diverse indigenous cultures, voices and contributions across Canada.
This year events and celebrations can look a little different. We must continue to respect the restrictions and guidelines of COVID-19.
Even after the discovery of 215 remains of children in the Kamloops Indian Residential School (KIRS), it is necessary this year to respectfully honor and support indigenous peoples in their grief and grief.
Here are five things that are happening in Kelowna this week to support local tribal peoples.
1. The Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society held their annual Turtle Island Festival at the Parkinson Recreation Center today from 10am to 3pm.
This year’s “Honor our 215+” event began with a one-hour healing walk in honor of the 215 children who were discovered at KIRS at the end of May.
Followed by speeches from elders, boarding school survivors, and local dignitaries.
There was also lunch from noon to 1 p.m. with bison and veggie burgers, hot dogs, and other snacks and refreshments.
After lunch there was a variety of traditional performers and drums. Everyone is invited to take part and don’t forget to visit the festival next year.
For more information, email [email protected] or call (250) 763-4905
2. The Okanagan Nation has shared some of its traditional songs on the Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) Facebook page.
The ONA is made up of the Syilx Okanagan people and their territory extends over 69,000 square kilometers. Their traditional land extends north of Revelstoke, east towards Kaslo and the Kootenay Lakes, south into Washington, and west towards Nicola Valley.
One of the posted songs is titled Okanagan Song, which was sung by Trish and Bruce Manuel. Also check out some of the other links to learn more about the traditional music of the ONA peoples.
3. Tourism Kelowna also posted a reminder on Facebook to support local indigenous businesses.
There are a number of indigenous businesses in the interior of BC including:
4. The Syilx Okanagan Nations will host a unity caravan on Saturday June 26th.
The caravan will travel from Penticton to Kamloops. All Syilx survivors and survivors of other First Nations, families and drummers are invited to take part.
The caravan’s journey follows this schedule:
Exit the South Okanagan Events Center at 9:00 AM.
Arrive at the West Bank First Nation Government Office at 9:50 a.m.
Arrive at Vernon Okanagan College campus at 10:50 AM
Arrival at pullout between Monte Lake and Monte Creek at noon
Kamloops Indian Residential School at 12:30 pm, followed by a ceremony at 1:00 pm.
Visit the Syilx Okanagan Nation Alliance event website for more information on the caravan.
5. The works of local artists will be exhibited this Thursday from 5 to 7 pm in the Grizzli winery.
The Grizzli Art Gallery presents tmixw – Thatwhich Gives Life, which will be unveiled on Thursday June 24th.
This exhibit will feature David Wilson who is from the Syilx Nation. Wilson explores the traditional ways of the Interior Salish People and incorporates images of traditional pictograms into his work.
Coralee Miller is a Syilx artist and West Bank First Nations member. Her works of art take a deeper look at the Syilx’s cultural values and she hopes to combine them with modern understanding.
Kelowna City Mayor Basran also took the time to recognize the indigenous tribes and spoke about reconciliation within Kelowna. Check out the video below.
Please continue to do your part to support and create spaces for indigenous peoples, their voices and their cultures. And keep supporting local businesses and artisans.
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