Our People

OIB at chief's award ceremonyThe Syilx of the Okanagan Nation, live in eight communities in the interior of British Columbia and Washington. Over 400 band members live and work on the Osoyoos Indian Reserve which stretches from Oliver to Osoyoos.

The Osoyoos Indian Band acknowledges the ancestors and elders who have carried on our traditions and kept our language, history and culture alive so that we can share it with our guests and visitors.

Okanagan First Nations once travelled widely to fishing, gathering and hunting areas. Each year, the first harvests of roots, berries, fish and game were celebrated by ceremonies honouring the food chiefs who provided for the people. During the winter, people returned to permanent winter villages. The names of many of the settlements in the Okanagan Valley–Osoyoos, Keremeos, Penticton and Kelowna–come from aboriginal words for these settled areas and attest to the long history of the Syilx people on this land.

Inkameep Day School Gallery

Explore a collection of art done by students aged six to sixteen at a school on the reserve in the 1930s. The children expressed their sense of identify through drawing and painting under the tutelage of an extraordinary teacher.

Learn more about the Inkameep Day School

Our history on this land

As you explore the indoor exhibits, outdoor displays and walking trails you will get a chance to learn about how plants were used for food, medicine and technology. If you have additional questions, ask any of our staff or join a guided walking tour.

 

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