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Exhibition: The Okanagans and their Neighbours.

The Okanagans and their Neighbours
The Okanagans and their Neighbours. An Exhibition of the Okanagan Syilx People

The Okanagans are the indigenous people of the Okanagan Valley — the Syilx people. There are eight member communities within the Okanagan Nation. They are, from north to south: Upper Nicola Band, Okanagan Indian Band, Westbank First Nation, Penticton Indian Band, Upper Similkameen Indian Band, Lower Similkameen Indian Band, Osoyoos Indian Band and Colville Confederation Tribes. All communities share the traditional language nsyilxcn with various dialects. Language is important in many indigenous cultures; without language meanings and values may be lost.

This exhibition is part of an initiative to tell the story of the local indigenous people and their culture.