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JOIN US on Wednesday, March 21, 6-8:30 p.m. and celebrate Canada Water Week and UN World Water Day!  

This is a FREE, fun and informative event!
We bring the film, engaging guests for a Q&A session, the snacks, and more.
You bring yourself, maybe a friend, and your interest in water issues.

The evening begins with a special welcome and opening by Krystal Lezard.

This is followed by a screening of "A River Film,” an award-winning documentary that profiles our Okanagan/Okanogan rivershed, a transboundary waterway that straddles the Canada-U.S. border.

Breathtaking film footage provides a spectacular look at the river and the lake, and explores the complex relationships between people, fish, upland species, and the wider Columbia Basin – a watershed regulated by the International Joint Commission (IJC), a bi-national organization established to protect the interests of all.

Then join us for a Q&A with:

  • Anna Warwick Sears, OBWB Executive Director and member of the IJC’s International Osoyoos Lake Board of Control
  • Dawn Michan, Okanagan Nation Alliance Fisheries Biologist  
  • Shaun Reimer, B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, Section Head of Public Safety & Protection (responsible for Okanagan Lake level management)
  • John Wagner, UBC Okanagan Associate Professor of Anthropology (specializing in water for agriculture and the Columbia River Treaty) 

Following the Q&A, join us for light refreshments.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 21, 6-8:30 p.m.
WHERE:  Rotary Centre for the Arts – Mary Irwin Theatre, 421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna
TICKETS:  This is a FREE event but registration is required at


4th Syilx (Okanagan) Water Forum: Connecting to the Land

Okanagan Nation Alliance invites you to the upcoming 4th Syilx (Okanagan) Water Forum: Connecting to the Land, to be held on UN World Water Day, Thursday, March 22.

This is a follow up from Forward Thinking: Syilx Knowledge Informing Watershed Planning major commitments of the need to gather out on the land, asserting our responsibility for siw?k? and “collaboration, higher consciousness, being open to opportunities.”

This fourth forum is an experiential event for Syilx citizens, knowledge holders, other governments, and water colleagues and leaders. The water forum will provide an opportunity to learn, connect with each other out on the land, share perspectives, build a collective water consciousness, and engage in dialogue on drinking water protection, wetlands, and other important issues.

The day will start with a Syilx Water Ceremony on nx??aq?a?stn (Mission Creek). Attendees will then tour the watershed with Syilx elders and knowledge holders who will share place names, protocols, and the Syilx natural laws regarding uk?nakinx (Okanagan) watershed. Other stops on the tour will include the k? cp??lk? stim? Hatchery, Penticton Oxbows Restoration site, and significant Syilx siw?k? (water) places. We will also be joined by drinking water protection and wetlands restoration experts. A Syilx catered hot lunch will be also provided at the En’owkin Centre in Penticton.

WHEN: Thursday, March 22, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
WHERE:  The tour begins and ends outside the ONA Office, #101 – 3535 Old Okanagan Hwy., Westbank
TICKETS:  $150. Seats are limited. Purchase tickets at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/syilx-water-forum-connecting-to-the-land-tickets-42684105308  
The Okanagan Basin Water Board & Okanagan WaterWise are pleased to sponsor this event.

Social Life of Water Exhibit and A River Film Screening

Join the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives as they celebrate Canada Water Week and U.N. World Water Day. The Vernon Museum will be hosting the Social Life of Water exhibit until May 12th and will be screening A River Film on April 7th.

Okanagan WaterWise is a proud partner in the Social Life of Water exhibit which uses art, audio, visual media, and storytelling to explore the diverse meanings that water holds and has held for communities, cultures and interest groups in the Okanagan watershed. In addition to exploring the past and present, the exhibition examines our relationship with water in the future, inviting participants to imagine how we might have a more responsible relationship with our water.

WHEN: Now until May 12, during regular hours (Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
WHERE:  The Greater Vernon Museum and Archives, 3009 32nd Ave., Vernon
TICKETS: Regular admission fees apply
MORE INFO: Call 250-542-3142, visit www.vernonmuseum.ca or the Greater Vernon Museum & Archives Facebook page.

A River Film

In celebration of Canada Water Week, the Summerland Museum & Archives Society will be screening A River Film at 1 pm on March 21, 22, 23, and 24.

WHEN: March 21st-24th, 2018 (1 pm everyday)
WHERE: Summerland Museum & Archives Society, 9521 Wharton St., Summerland

MORE INFO: www.summerlandmuseum.org, 250-494-9350, [email protected]

UN World Water Day Research Poster Display

UBC Okanagan Prof. John Wagner and students in his Political Ecology class present their research posters in celebration of UN World Water Day! The theme is ‘The Answer is in Nature.’ Everyone is welcome!

WHEN: March 21st – 22nd (1-5 p.m.)
WHERE: Arts Building Foyer, UBC Okanagan Campus, 3333 University Way, Kelowna



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