Our story...  

In 2007, Aboriginal organizations gathered on unceded traditional Syilx territory to engage in a dialogue about how they support Aboriginal families with children birth to eight years of age. At this first meeting in 2007, representatives from Westbank First Nation, Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society, and Métis Community Services who work passionately to improve the health & well-being of Indigenous children, decided that by working together they would accomplish much more. Collaboration, relationships, and shared values, supported the organizations to create the Central Okanagan Aboriginal Early Years Coalition. In 2017, through a name giving ceremony, this group was given a Syilx name by elder Grouse Barnes. The coalition became suxkenxitelx kl cecamala meaning those who care for the children in Nysilxcen.

Holding families, children and communities at the centre suxkenxitelx kl cecamala developed a mission statement that focussed on the traditional recognition that all children come to this world as sacred gifts. It is the adults’ role to help children know and appreciate their gifts, to learn how to contribute their gifts, and as they develop, to make a richer community for everyone to live in.