South Okanagan Event

DRAFT Emergency Preparedness for Indigenous
Location: Farmers/ranchers/market gardeners etc.
This workshop walks you through creating an emergency plan for
your property. It will also discuss animal relocation, insurance,
business continuity, and returning after a disaster.
With guest presenters TBA
For more information call Stephanie Tourand at Community Futures
of Central Interior First Nations 250-828-9727 or
1 Aug 2019 • 9:30am-3pm • En’owkin Centre
154 Enowkin Trail Penticton, BC

South Okanagan Similkameen Métis Association Event

Have you ever wanted to learn to do Métis Beading or improve your skills as a Métis Beader?

Under the guidance of SOSMA’s Women’s Rep., SOSMA has organized an opportunity for anyone interested, to join with the Vernon Métis Women’s Rep to learn or improve your Beading skills on Saturday July 27, 2019 in Vernon.

The Facilitator will be Linda van Wieringen from Vernon.

Supplies and lunch provided to Community members.

Beading kits can also be purchased for $25.00 for those interested who are not SOSMA Community members.

The plan is to carpool meeting at 10:00 am at the Riverside Mall at the north end of Penticton. Plan is to return to Penticton by 6:00 pm.

This is the first organized opportunity of three that will be offered for our Community and for others who are interested.

To register & also reserve your spot in the carpool, contact Greta (SOSMA Women’s Rep) either by phoning or text to Cell# 250- 488-8889 by July 23.



Welcome to I·SPARC’s Healthy Living Activities!

Healthy Living Leader Training Dates! 


I·SPARC is pleased to announce the dates for the 2019 Leader Training Sessions! These sessions are complimentary for those working within Indigenous communities who want to deliver an Aboriginal RunWalk or Honour Your Health Challenge program.

Region Location Hotel Dates
Northwest Tsimshian (Terrace) Best Western Inn Sep. 19 – 20
Northeast Lheidli T’enneh (Prince George) Coast Inn of the North Sep. 24 – 25
Interior Tk’emlups (Kamloops) Sandman Signature Oct. 10 – 11
Van. Coastal/Fraser Sumas (Abbotsford) Quality Inn Oct. 17 – 18
Van. Island Snuneymuxw (Nanaimo) Coast Bastion Oct. 29 – 30

As part of I·SPARC’s Healthy Living Activities, our Leader Training Sessions offer two days of workshops, providing participants with the tools and resources to deliver their own healthy living program. Participants have the option of training in either the Aboriginal RunWalk or the Honour Your Health Challenge:

  • Aboriginal RunWalk: lead your participants in an 8 – 13 week training program, preparing for a 5 or 10 km run/walk event
  • Honour Your Health Challenge: develop your own program focused on physical activity, healthy eating, respecting tobacco or healthy families – past programs include creating a community cookbook, “Family Fitness Fridays,” planting medicinal tea gardens, “Kick the Nic” tobacco program, “Moccasin Mamas,” and many more.

This year’s agenda includes workshops in the Holistic Wellness Model, Sports Injury, Cannabis Harm Reduction, Mental Wellness, Traditional Food and a number of active sessions including Nordic Walking, Yoga, FitNation, and Pound.

Training sessions are free to attend with accommodation and travel subsidies provided based on our travel policy.
All participants are eligible to apply for up to $1000 in grant support of their Aboriginal RunWalk or Honour Your Health Challenge program.
Please post and share our Save the Date poster with any friends, colleagues, or family that may be interested in becoming a Healthy Living Leader.
For more information on leader training contact Jessie Toynbee­­
For more information on registration contact Susan Meier 
“I had a great time learning these last two days. The amount of networking that can be done was unreal! I look forward to running multiple programs!

– Healthy Living Leader, 2018


Registration Opens August 26th!


REGISTRATION NOW OPEN for the 2019 BC Indigenous Provincial Softball Camps
The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council (I∙SPARC) is pleased to present these provincial athlete identification camps in partnership with the Cowichan Valley Métis Association, Westbank First Nation and Tzeachten First Nation, Softball BC and with the support of the Province of BC.

This events are being being held on

  1. Duncan, BC – July 28
  2. Westbank, BC – August 11
  3. Chilliwack, BC – August 25
  4. Prince George, BC – TBC

These are Team BC identification events for the Halifax 2020 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG),taking place July 12-19, 2020 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Please note that final team selections will not be made until completion of a spring 2020 training camp and review by our Team BC Coaching staff.

Age Divisions:

  • 16U male or 16U female (players born 2004 & later)
  • 19U male or 19U female (players born 2001 & later) .

Penticton Métis Community Event

The South Okanagan Similkameen Métis Association would like to offer a cultural experience open to anyone, young or old, who is interested in exploring their heritage.

Community Foundation of South Okanagan awarded a Neighbourhood Grant to Greta Henning and Jodie Rae to sponsor this event.

A “Midnight Paddle” held at Skaha Lake on Wednesday July 17 at 8:30 pm is a collaboration between  the South Okanagan Similkameen Métis Association, Penticton Dragon Boat, Penticton Indian Band (Friendship and En’owkin Centers)  and the surrounding communities. We will gather at the Skaha Lake Marina Boathouse located on the Marina end of the Park near the Child’s Water Park

The intention of this invitation is to bring together like-minded people who have an interest in their personal history and culture as it relates to our journey through this world. We hope to inspire participants to use this event as a means to connect with, and honor the water and the abundance we live alongside in this area and on this planet. Wednesday, July 17 is a full moon with the sun setting at 9:15 pm.

Participants will be asked to register for the event before July 15 by calling Jodie at 250-469-4936. Space is limited so do not delay!

Promptly at 8:30 p.m. all participants will receive Water Safety Instruction, Life Jackets, and turn in signed waivers.

Our “Paddle” will include a brief history of Métis Culture in BC, Story Telling of your family history in this area and Q&A about how to discover your own roots. Please bring traditional drums, spoons or fiddles if you have them!

Light snack and drinks will be provided.

This event is open to anyone not just people who identify as Métis or First Nations.

*Traditionally, we would hold this event in dug out voyageur canoes. Thank you to the Dragon Boat Society for helping to create our experience of community by offering your boats.