Museum exhibit highlights Truth and Reconciliation Day for Westbank First Nation

Sncəwips Museum is amid in the Okanagan Lake Shopping Centre, Highway 97S.

Sncəwips Museum premiering “What Does it Mean to be Syilx?”

The Westbank First Nation (WFN) and Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) are hosting many contest to honour the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30.

WFN’s Sncəwips Museum will be accessible from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be premiering its newest display “What Does it Mean to be Syilx?”. The display focuses on the choir of WFN association associates and their artistic/written announcement of identity.Everyone is acceptable to bead in, adore anytime bannock and tea, and apprentice about the syilx people. The building is amid in the Okanagan Lake Shopping Centre on Highway 97S.

ONA is hosting Walk for the Children on Sept. 30. It’s a five-kilometre walk, starting at 10 a.m., from the Penticton Peach to the Syilx Indian Residential School Monument alfresco the Penticton Hatchery on En’owkin Trail. The airing is accessible to everyone.

The West Kelowna Warriors hit the ice Sept. 30, demography on the Wenatchee Wild. The aggregation will be cutting appropriate “Every Child Matters” jerseys for the game. They will be allotment of a bashful afterwards with gain benefiting the Residential School Survivors Society.

Since 2013, Sept. 30 has been actual as Orange Shirt Day above Canada in honour of the survivors of Indian Residential Schools. In 2021, Sept. 30 was once appointed the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation by the federal government. The day provides an befalling to admit and admire the adverse history and advancing bequest of residential schools, and to honour the survivors, families and communities impacted.

Ways to honour the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation:

  • Support Indigenous entrepreneurs by visiting one of the many organizations on WFN lands.
  • Purchase an orange shirt to abrasion on Sept. 30th to appearance abutment and solidarity. Orange shirts can be purchased at Spirit of the Lake Native Boutique (1960 Nancee Way, Westbank), London Drugs (Westbank), or Sncəwips Museum.
  • Download, book and appearance Every Child Matters posters in the window of your home or business.
  • Purchase local Indigenous books.
  • Commission Indigenous art or booty a local accessible art tour.
  • Recognize or accede the Indigenous acreage you are on by agreement a applique at your abode of business, application nsyilxcen accent in your notices/signage or boardroom names, or including acceptance to your accepted auto signatures. “We respectfully accede which we alive and banal on the unceded and acceptable territories of the syilx/Okanagan people.”

The Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line is accessible 24 hours a day for anybody experiencing affliction or ache as a aftereffect of their residential academy experience. Non-emergency calls to The Indian Residential Schools Survivors Society can be directed to 1-800-721-0066.

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