After barbecuing the salmon, Penticton Indian Band Chief Chad Eneas (left) along with Knowledge Keeper Richard Armstrong and others carry some salmon into the main event at the Okanagan Nation Salmon Feast in sx̌ʷəx̌ʷnitkʷ Provincial Park in Okanagan Falls last year. Western News file photo

Okanagan Nation Salmon Feast returns to Okanagan Falls

The annual Okanagan Nation Salmon Feast begins Friday afternoon and runs through the weekend.

Salmon lovers rejoice.

Beginning Friday evening at sx̌ʷəx̌ʷnitkʷ Provincial Park in Okanagan Falls the Okanagan Nation is hosting its annual Salmon Feast.

The feast, which runs through Sunday at the park, honours the sacredness of the Okanagan River Chanel at OK Falls which is a culturally-significant site for the Syilx (Okanagan) people.

Related: Syilx Nation Salmon Feast Celebration

The location is a traditional fishing camp, gathering place and trading site.

Activities begin Friday at 5 p.m. with a dinner followed at 6 p.m. with a stick game tournament.

Saturday at 10 a.m. is the canoe paddle from the north end of Skaha Lake to Okanagan Falls.

Related: Syilx Salmon Feast celebration in Okanagan Falls

At 11 a.m. is the salmon run/walk at Okanagan Falls, a light lunch at 12:30 p.m., dinner at 5 p.m. and entertainment starts at 5:30 p.m.

Sunday at 10 a.m. is the opening and welcome ceremonies, the salmon feast at noon, ceremony and give-away to follow at 1:30 p.m. and closing at 4 p.m.

Organizers encourage everyone to attend the celebration festivities.

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