February 6, 2012
Representatives of the Okanagan Nation (Syilx) were among the first to respond to the possibility of a national park reserve in the South Okanagan and Similkameen region about a decade ago. The Syilx, original caretakers of the land, see the importance of protecting the land in balance with sustainable growth. A future protected area was envisioned as a potential tool to help support responsible development, and protect ecological and cultural integrity for future generations.
To read the full statement visit the Okanagan Nation Alliance website here.