Culture, community, and tradition all lie at the heart of Westbank First Nation's values and contribute to the development of WFN's vision, mission, goals, and strategic priorities. It is important for WFN employees to educate themselves on the culture and history of WFN and the Okanagan Nation, and understand that they work for the WFN Membership and community. One highlight of the year is the Annual Siya Celebration, which is held annually in June and is unique to the syilx people. Staff are encouraged to attend and volunteer.
New employees will have an opportunity to tour the WFN Sncəwips Heritage Museum with fellow employees. Learn all about the history Westbank First Nation and the Okanagan People while viewing a collection of First Nations art and artefacts. The friendly staff at the museum, Jordan and Tracy, offer a wealth of knowledge about syilx/Okanagan history, traditions, culture, and language.
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WFN's Intergovernmental Affairs Department regularly presents its Our People, Our Community presentation to new employees, so you will know exactly who Westbank First Nation is, what it does, and why it is important.
Throughout the year, staff can attend various cultural events throughout the community. Some events include the Annual Siya Celebration held in June; events hosted by the Sncəwips Heritage Museum such as the recent "Bannock & Tea" in celebration of Heritage Day; art unveilings, such as the recent Veterans Memorial unveiling in the WFN community core; Remembrance Day ceremony; Westside Culture Days; Aboriginal Day events; and TD Tree Days, to name a few.
Staff have the opportunity to attend regular staff social events. Socials may include: monthly breakfasts (Tim Horton's Day) where staff gather in the first floor boardroom to chat and catch up; monthly staff Birthday celebrations (cake!); Lunch & Learns; golf tournament; Halloween costume contest; Annual Staff Meeting; staff Christmas Party, usually held at the end of November; and volunteering opportunities at events such as at Wendy's Dream Lift Day and Kelowna Gospel Mission.
Moving to the Okanagan from out of town? The Okanagan is known as BC's local playground, and for good reason too! An array of recreation activities are at your fingertips, including some of the best skiing and golfing opportunities. Tour the wineries and stroll through fruit orchards and farmers' markets. You'll also find many opportunities to learn about the Okanagan's unique culture and history at local art galleries, museums, and cultural centres. With so much to do all year long, you will find something exciting to do every weekend.
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