Columbia River Watershed Storytelling Tour launches in Osoyoos

Thursday November 26, 7-9pm

Watermark, Osoyoos

Whether we live upriver or downwind, in sharing local stories we can develop sustainable cultural and environmental responses to the challenges that surround us. That’s the premise of the Columbia River Watershed Storytelling Tour, which launches in Osoyoos with a premiere event featuring music, stories, films and spoken word on Thursday, November 26, 7-9 pm at the Watermark Conference Room (15 Park Place at Main St).

Co-hosted by Suiki?st (Pauline Terbasket, Okanagan Nation Alliance), the evening will feature songs and storytelling by Csetkwe Fortier, original music by Algoma, the Syilx water declaration presented by Tessa Terbasket, short films about IndigenEYEZ, the salmon returning to the Okanagan, and the pocket desert bioregion, poetry by Teresa Marshall, audience tales and more.

This Columbia River Watershed Storytelling event is a cultural initiative in partnership with the Okanagan Nation Alliance, IndigenEYEZ , UBC Okanagan–Eco Art Incubator, Okanagan Regional Library, Destination Osoyoos and Watermark Beach Resort & Conference Centre.

Admission is $5 or pay-what-you-can. For more information, please contact Teresa Marshall at 250-899-7488 or

Ecology, place and bio-regional connections

The Osoyoos premiere marks the first in a series of storytelling events being co-organized with community partners as part of a cross-boundary tour over the next several years throughout the Okanagan, Similkameen, Kootenays and along the Columbia River across Washington, Idaho and Oregon.

This artistic project celebrates the water and the land as the frames and transmitters of our memories. It is designed to support the sharing of community stories and dialogue among neighbours that will deepen local knowledge and strengthen bio-regional alliances.

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