Our Living Languages

First Peoples’ Voices in British Columbia

September 19, 2020 to January 31, 2021

Okanagan Heritage Museum

Hours

Monday, Friday & Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Tuesday & Wednesday Closed

Location

470 Queensway Avenue
Kelowna, BC, V1Y 6S7

(250) 763-2417

Google maps link

ADMISSION

Admission is by donation.

Suggested Donation $5 per person/$15 per family

Our Living Languages

First People’s Voices in British Columbia

September 19, 2020 to January 31, 2021

“Our language is a gift to us from those who have gone before”

— Sharon Shadow, Champagne and Aishihik First Nations

Our Living Languages is a travelling exhibition from the Royal BC Museum in Victoria. Visitors will learn about the loss and revitalization of First Languages, and success stories of the language champions that are working to learn, teach and preserve our province’s Indigenous languages to share with future generations.

Visitors will witness the resilience of the languages and culture of BC’s First People and explore the deeper connections that language provides its users to their culture and way of seeing the world. Explore a language map of BC and learn how linguists develop orthographies (writing) for languages that were traditionally never written down. Hear stories told by speakers in a multitude of languages and learn something new! In partnership with the Sncəwips Heritage Museum and The Syilx Language House, the Kelowna Museums Society has added additional content to the exhibition to highlight nsyilxcən  ̶  the syilx/Okanagan language. Stop by for a visit and practice a traditional nsyilxcən greeting!

Did you know that British Columbia has 34 distinct Indigenous languages? That’s more than 60% of all of Canada’s First Nations languages! Unfortunately, as a result of over 150 years of government policies designed to eradicate them, every one of BC’s First Nations Languages are severely endangered or nearly extinct. Visit our newest exhibit to discover the incredible diversity of First Nations languages in BC and the groundbreaking work underway to keep them alive.

Our Living Languages

Produced by the Royal BC Museum

In partnership with the First Peoples’ Cultural Council

Supported by the Government of Canada

Kelowna Museums Society would like to thank our community and institutional partners and supporters:
For more information

Contact Amanda Snyder, Curatorial Manager at asnyder@kelownamuseums.ca / 250.763.2417 ext 29

Additional Programs & Services

Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame

The Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame celebrates the athletes, coaches, and builders whose accomplishments have made them a part of history in the Central Okanagan.

Kelowna Public Archives

The Kelowna Public Archives, located at the Okanagan Heritage Museum, is a historical resource centre where public records and historical documents are kept and preserved for informational and research use.

Ursula Surtees Regional Conservation Laboratory

A state-of-the-art Conservation Laboratory offering a variety of conservation services to the public, such as repairs, cleaning and polishing, mounting and protective enclosures.

Upcoming Events & Workshops

syilx Spotlight

syilx Spotlight

Experience the syilx Spotlight at the Okanagan Heritage Museum this summer! Join Alana, our Indigenous Programming Intern, on Fridays from 2-4 PM for a fascinating, hands-on look at syilx (Okanagan) culture and traditions. Get an up-close look at objects from our collection and make something special to take home too!

syilx Spotlight

syilx Spotlight

Experience the syilx Spotlight at the Okanagan Heritage Museum this summer! Join Alana, our Indigenous Programming Intern, on Fridays from 2-4 PM for a fascinating, hands-on look at syilx (Okanagan) culture and traditions. Get an up-close look at objects from our collection and make something special to take home too!

syilx Spotlight

syilx Spotlight

Experience the syilx Spotlight at the Okanagan Heritage Museum this summer! Join Alana, our Indigenous Programming Intern, on Fridays from 2-4 PM for a fascinating, hands-on look at syilx (Okanagan) culture and traditions. Get an up-close look at objects from our collection and make something special to take home too!