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Kwu Xast Program

We will survive and continue to govern our mother and her resources for the good of all for all time

Okanagan Declaration 1987

Purpose and Goals

Please watch for Kwu Xast events that are posted on UNB website, and Social Media sites.

  • Increase knowledge of syilx (Okanagan) culture and traditions including how our land has always provided for us.
  • Bring our community together to create awareness and build self-esteem through physical, emotional, mental and spiritual activities.
  • Continue to support IRS survivors and intergenerational survivors on their healing and learning journey and increase pride in language and culture.
  • Increase awareness of self; physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually.
  • Increase traditional knowledge and teachings about family systems, roles and responsibilities: roles of parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles and other extended family members.
  • Increased knowledge and use of Syilx ‘Four Food Chiefs Teachings’.
  • Increase knowledge and use of traditional calendar: ’13 Moons’: seasons, harvesting and ceremonies.

  • Maintain our responsibility within the community to lead the people and care for the land thereby insuring regeneration year after year.
  • Understanding our past ensures that we are well in the present thereby laying the foundation for a healthier and happier future.
  • Increase responsibility and accountability for children, grandchildren and family.
  • Replace shame and trauma based learning with positive learning.