Call For syilx Collaborators – City of KelownaCity of Kelowna
April 5, 2024

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Are you a member of the syilx Nation? Do you have a passion for community, recreation, and culture? Would you like to contribute to bringing the rich heritage of the syilx culture to life in community buildings across kiláwnaʔ│Kelowna?

The City of Kelowna is looking to ensure that our new facilities and parks incorporate a syilx perspective. We are seeking collaborators who are willing to share syilx culture and living history to contribute to how our new community recreation buildings and parks are designed and built.

You would be part of a working group consisting of City of Kelowna staff and designers in a fun and respectful setting. You would be helping to shape the Redevelopment of Parkinson Recreation Centre and Park and two neighborhood Community Activity Centres in both the Mission and Glenmore Recreation Parks and the park design of Rutland Recreation Park.

The working group will meet throughout the next year to discuss interests, raise any concerns and propose programs to be considered in the new community recreation buildings and parks. Our discussions will be an open and dynamic exchange of ideas, thoughtfully guided to ensure concepts we generate are reflected in both the design and the array of programs offered.

What is the role & responsibility of an Indigenous Collaborator?

o Actively participate in the working group discussions
o Provide feedback on project objectives and new opportunities
o Offer expertise in your area of interest to help guide project requirements through the design process
o Respond to project-related emails within 48 hrs

We are looking for people with an array of interest/ knowledge/ experience in:

o nsyilxcen language
o syilx storytelling/ placemaking
o art, craft, design and tool making
o caretaking traditions and medicines
o health and wellness
o local ecology and plant knowledge
o designing and building traditional structures
o traditional sports, games and Indigenous sporting events
o history, culture and customs
o children and youth programming
o community building through indoor and outdoor programs, events, ceremonies and celebrations
o other skills or knowledge that would benefit the initiative

What is the time commitment/meeting schedule?

o Working groups will meet as needed, with flexible scheduling based on members' availability (e.g., lunch breaks, after work, evenings)
o Meetings will typically last from 1 to 3 hours
o Anticipated time commitment is 6-12 hours per month on average for the next 12 months

What is the compensation?

o Compensation will be based on the array and depth of knowledge of the successful applicants in the above listed topics and would range between $250 - $700/ day, to a maximum of $100/ hour
o Time includes travel to and from meetings in addition to attending meetings
o Compensation can be in the form of honorarium or contract-based depending on applicants’ preference

To apply, fill out the application form and submit it to with the subject line “BSK Collaborator” by May 10, 2024. If you have any questions, please reach out to Amy Johnston at

Preference will be given to those who live in the Okanagan area. All successful candidates will be notified by May 31, 2024.