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Indigenous Culture

INDIGENOUS CULTURE

Westbank First Nation is one of eight bands comprising the Okanagan Nation – nqilxʷcn / nsyilxcen speaking people whose territory runs into Washington State. They have lived in the Kelowna, kiʔlawnaʔ and Westbank, stqaʔtkʷəɬniwt area from time immemorial. A recent excavation near the new bridge uncovered artifacts that date back thousands of years, proving Westbank First Nation’s (WFN) existence and their title to the land.

nqilxʷcn / nsyilxcen – the Okanagan Language

The nqilxʷcn /nsyilxcen language is taught in many schools in the Okanagan, from the band run sensisyusten School to Mt. Boucherie Secondary School. Public Schools in the Central Okanagan also participate in the Aboriginal Education Program where they acknowledge that they are on the Traditional Territory of the Okanagan Nation – The syilx People and students participate in cultural days and traditions of the syilx People, along with additional services for students who are of Aboriginal ancestry.

Indigenous World Winery

Indigenous World merges the modern culture with Indigenous history. Having opened in 2016, it became the second Indigenous owned winery in BC. The facility includes a wine tasting room and...

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Indigenous World Winery

Kekuli Café

“Don’t Panic We Have Bannock” is the slogan of Kekuli Café, the Okanagan’s only Aboriginal cuisine eatery. You can also pick up Little Miss Chief’s famous smoked salmon here....

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Kekuli Café

Red Fox Club

Red Fox Club at Indigenous World Winery Modern Native Cuisine: beautiful food , stunning Okanagan lake views, aboriginal traditions respected , expansive patios, indoor outdoor year round Chef: Andrea Callan  ...

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Red Fox Club

Sncəwips Heritage Museum

The Sncewips Heritage Museum showcases all that the sqilxw people from this area have to offer. There are excellent opportunities for everyone to get involved with the Museum, and we...

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Sncəwips Heritage Museum

SWAC – Suk’ʷtəmsqilxʷ West Kelowna Arts Council

Suk’wtemsqilx’w West Kelowna Arts Council (SWAC) supports both Indigenous and non Indigenous artists and cultural bodies within and surrounding the City of West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation in Okanagan...

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SWAC – Suk’ʷtəmsqilxʷ West Kelowna Arts Council