Museum Exhibit Highlights West Bank First Nations Day of Truth and Reconciliation – Kelowna Capital News

The Westbank First Nation (WFN) and the Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) are hosting several events in honor of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30th.

WFN’s Sncəwips Museum will be open from 10am to 4pm to premiere its newest exhibit, What Does It Mean to be Syilx? This exhibit focuses on the voices of WFN community members and the expression of their artistic/written identities. Anyone can stop by and enjoy a bannock and tea and learn about the people of Sirkus. The museum is located at the Okanagan Lake Shopping Center on Hwy 97S.

ONA will host a Walk for the Children on September 30th. A 5-kilometer walk starting at 10 AM from Penticton Peach to the Silks Indian Residential School Monument outside Penticton Hatchery on the Ennowkin Trail. Walks are open to everyone.

The West Kelowna Warriors took on the Wenatchee Wilds on the ice on September 30th. Teams will wear special “Every Child Matters” jerseys for this game. They then participate in a moment of silence, with proceeds donated to the Boarding School Survivors Association.

Since 2013, September 30th has been celebrated as Orange Shirt Day across Canada to honor Indian boarding school survivors. In 2021, September 30 has been designated by the federal government as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day provides an opportunity to recognize and commemorate the residential school’s tragic history and ongoing legacy, and to honor the survivors, families and communities affected.

How to celebrate National Day for Truth and Reconciliation:

  • Support Indigenous entrepreneurs by visiting one of the many businesses on WFN land.
  • Show your support and solidarity by purchasing an orange shirt to wear on September 30th. Orange shirts are available at Spirit of the Lake Native Boutique (1960 Nancee Way, Westbank), London Drugs (Westbank) and Sncəwips Museum.
  • Download, print and display the Every Child Matters poster in your home or business window.
  • Purchase a local Aboriginal book.
  • Request indigenous art or join a local public art tour.
  • Recognize or acknowledge the Indigenous land you are on by placing a nameplate at your place of business, using the nsyilxcen language in your notices/signs and meeting room names, or adding your approval to your standard automatic signature. “We respectfully acknowledge that we live and work in the unceded traditional territory of the Silks/Okanagan people.”

The Indian Residential School Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day to anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of their experience in a residential school. Non-emergency calls to The Indian Residential Schools Survivors Society can be forwarded to 1-800-721-0066.

@Gary Barnes109
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