Posted on: June 1, 2017

Everyone welcome to annual síyaʔ celebration, June 2

sncəwips Heritage Museum and Westbank First Nation invite community members to attend the 27th annual síyaʔ celebration on Friday, June 2, 2017. The síyaʔ celebration provides an opportunity to honour the land, resources, and the achievements and hard work of the school children as they near the end of the school year. This year, the public is invited to attend and experience traditional syilx dancing, drumming and singing, as well browse local arts, jewelry and crafts for sale.

The first annual síyaʔ celebration took place in 1990, when Westbank First Nation School (now Sənsisyustən House of Learning) first opened, and was later named to síyaʔ. Since time immemorial, syilxʷ people have celebrated natural land resources, and this celebration is one way that syilx people continue to do so. We welcome the public to share in our very special tradition.


2016 síyaʔ celebration. Photos taken by Darren Hull Photography.


27th Annual síyaʔ Celebration

Friday, June 2, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Pine Stadium, 1900 Quail Lane, Westbank, BC

Kind Reminders:

  • During ceremony and prayers, there is to be no photography, recording, or filming
  • Always ask before touching and photographing dancers' outfits
  • Child minding is the responsibility of parents, guardians, and teachers
  • Lunch provided is optional
  • Water stations will be available, but please bring your own water bottle
  • Bring weather appropriate attire
  • During presentations, please listen
  • Bring cash for vendor table purchases
  • Large groups (10+) must have RSVP’d before May 20, 2017

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Jordan Coble, Cultural and Operations Administrator
Sncewips Heritage Museum
T 778 755 2787

Krystal Lezard, Curatorial and Heritage Researcher
Sncewips Heritage Museum
T 778 755 2787