syilx Arts, Culture & Heritage Programming

Since 1982, the Okanagan Indian Educational Resources Society (OIERS) hereinafter referred to as En'owkin Centre has been mandated to Preserve, Protect and Perpetuate the Okanagan syilx cultural heritage, through the collection and preservation and protection of heritage materials, oral language, oral stories, narrative history, photographs, through video and audio recordings, made accessible to communities, members, schools, University and College institutions, and the wider learning public through seminars, workshops, events and exhibited information.

En'owkin Centre's work of preserving and perpetuating the Syilx Arts and Culture through its projects programs, as a result of the heritage preservation, forms the foundational aspects of its syilx Arts and Culture mandate.

The Arts and Culture Program projects are accomplished through grants, donations from cultural funds acquired to provide free programming for syilx traditional arts revitalization workshops available to syilx and Indigenous artists, youth and elders.

All Programs are free and open to all syilx members' families and communities and include.
-Traditional c'aptikwl performance workshops on the land.
-Revitalization of Rattle Making, Weaving & syilx Fish Net
-Traditional syilx Story Pole Carving, Tool Making
-c'aptikwl Performance & Animation Workshops
-Digital Video-Audio Making Workshops
-Traditional Arts Materials Protocols Workshops.

Traditional Arts Workshops: Tule, Hemp, Basket Making, Rattles, Hand Drum Making, Ceremonial Wear, Flute Making, Carving, Traditional paints, syilx style beading, Porcupine Quill work, syilx storytelling & Performance protocols, Traditional syilx uses and protocols of Arts Materials,

Our digitization programming consists of ongoing documentation in the format of digital video-audio. Recordings of syilx fluent elders speakers are organized in community cohorts to preserve the critically endangered nsyilxcen language, with their full prior informed consent. The content is archived in perpetuity and shared with syilx communities. Ongoing capacity building consists of cataloging, transcribing and translating the resources to be housed at OIERS En'owkin Centre. This archival work is to create access for syilx educational, cultural revitalization initiaves for the nsyilxcen langauge. Digital recordings are community specific and include special terminology and archival information for heritage and historical preservation. Our cultural organization acts as a repository for syilx communities to access far into the future. The collection of stories, narratives, oral knowledge and historical accounts will be transferred and catalogued for member's access and use in perpetuity.

For More information on Arts & Cultural Projects Contact:

Tracey Kim Bonneau - Manager of Arts Culture & Adult Higher Learning
Phone: (250) 493-7181 Ext. 208

Dr. Maxine Baptiste - nsyilxcen Language Manager
Phone: (250) 493-7181 Ext. 222

We are a Registered Charity if you would like to donate to our organization please contact Manager Arts, Culture Adult Higher Learning Tracey Kim Bonneau EMAIL:

We gratefully acknowledge project funds from the Government of Canada, First People's Cultural Council, Telus and Fortis BC