Okanagan-District 2
Rotary Marsh Park in Kelowna (Exact meeting point TBC for registrants)
Event PD type
General CE – Informal

Join us for a unique professional development experience led by Syilx knowledge carrier Jasmine Peone of Wildrose Native Traditions. This two-hour session includes a plant walk along the Rotary Marsh in Kelowna's downtown. Get to know many different plants growing in this wetland area and learn about some of their edible, medicinal, and technological uses. They include a mix of Indigenous and invasive species. As we conclude the plant walk portion, we will arrive at the wooden information gazebo where Jasmine will lead us in making a miniature tule mat that participants get to take home. There will also be hands-on display items that we will discuss such as basketry, flintknapping materials, traditional rope, etc., as well as a map of the Syilx territory and a version of the Syilx 13-month calendar. Participants will walk away with a deeper understanding of the Syilx people and their history, relationship with plants, and the environment around us.

Jasmine Peone is an Indigenous trans woman from the Westbank First Nation community of the syilx nation. She comes from a culturally active family and has worked with many elders and knowledge carriers learning her nsyilxcn language, world view, history, and cultural practices. She has a passion for sharing aspects of this knowledge in a culturally sensitive manner, within her own nation, as well as with the public. From a young age she has taught with her family through public and private schools, museums, art galleries, provincial and regional parks, and within various other groups and organizations. She continues this work to this day. Currently she is the nsyilxcn language teacher at Studio 9 School of the Arts. Jasmine has also spent 10+ years as an Archeology Field Technician for Westbank First Nation and uses the knowledge of her ancestors to guide her future. Through her unique experience of being a mixed blood Indigenous, bisexual, trans woman, she hopes that her perspectives can be empowering for LGBTQ+ and Indigenous youth as well as their families, communities, and the public at large.

Note: Please dress comfortably for outdoor walking and activities.

We look forward to seeing you there!

ATTENTION articling registrants!! The in-person event will be an excellent opportunity to network and meet with other branch registrants.

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