Resurgences Exhibition Opening - Shatford Centre, Penticton

Wednesday June 21st, 2017
6:00 pm| 760 Main St. Penticton, BC

The Shatford Centre in Penticton is hosting a multimedia exhibition including images and words from elders and youth as well as depicting historical events from Okanagan Nation Communities. The Shingle Creek and Okanagan River panels from the Social Life of Water are also included, along with the wood engraving of the syilx water declaration. The exhibition runs until September 10, 2017.

The Opening, with over two hundred guests, included a Mini Pow Wow on the grounds and an indoor feast at the Shatford Centre. This is the second year that the En'owkin Centre and the Okanagan School of the Arts had partnered to strengthen and the connect the Indigenous and non Indigenous communities of Penticton.


Traces Upon the Landscape: Exploring the Poetic Dimensions of Water, Okanagan Heritage Museum AND "Gatherings: Youth Water Anthology" book launch

Wednesday December 7, 2016
6:30 - 8:30pm | 470 Queensway, Kelowna

In this participatory workshop, environmental designer and University of Manitoba professor Alyssa Schwan will guide participants in a conversation about how the values and emotions we have toward our waters can help us to create a collective vision for the future we want for the Okanagan. Throughout the workshop, Indigenous youth will share passages from the newly released book "Gatherings: Youth Water Anthology", and a series of "provocateurs" will share thoughts and insights about the past, present and prospective futures of the Okanagan.
This event is free of cost, but spaces are limited! Make sure to sign up here.

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Exhibition Opening!

Thursday October 6, 2016
Okanagan Heritage Museum

Over a hundred invited guests attended the event. There was an opening welcome by K?ninmtn t?a nq?ic?tn / Grouse Barnes, Westbank First Nation Elder, and the Okanagan Nation Song was sung by Krystal Lezard. The project partners were introduced and people were encouraged to explore the exhibition, share their hopes for water on the chalk wall, and feast on delicious food!

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WaterVoices / k?u q?a?q?a?ál x?l siw??k?

Saturday, September 24th, 2016
7-9pm | Free | Kelowna Art Gallery, 1315 Water St.
International Rivers Day cultural program

A syilx woman and a settler woman share stories about the watersheds where they grew up, on opposite sides of the same mountain. Suiki?st (Pauline Terbasket) was raised on a reservation amid her family’s traditional territory in the Lower Similkameen Valley, at the base of Fairview Mountain. At the same time, Teresa Marshall and her family settled on an old mining ghost town site on the Okanagan Valley side.

WaterVoices was attended by a standing room only crowd of over 125 people. The event celebrated the water and land as the frames and transmitters of our memories, in a transformative narrative process inviting indigenous and settler perspectives. The evening program included a welcome by Westbank First Nation elder Grouse Barnes, songs by Csetkwe Fortier, and knowledge sharing of the revival of the rites of passage, birth, land and water ceremonies by Trish Manuel, a Syilx traditional knowledge keeper from Quilcheana and Douglas Lake. The interactive audience exchanges encouraged people to introduce themselves to others by identifying their place in the watershed and later in the program the audience shared watershed concerns and solutions.

WaterVoices was a special presentation of the Social Life of Water in the Okanagan Valley exhibition and the Columbia River Watershed Storytelling Project, with the generous support of Kelowna Art Gallery.

The Columbia River Watershed Storytelling Project supports the sharing of community stories and dialogue among neighbours to deepen local knowledge and strengthen bio-regional alliances. Partners in events to date include Okanagan Nation Alliance, UBC Okanagan–Eco Art Incubator, Columbia Basin Transboundary Youth Network, IndigenEYEZ, Watermark and Okanagan Regional Library.

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