Community Water Forum

Creating opportunities for compelling conversation and sustainable solutions that protect and celebrate our shared connection to water.


2021 Community Water Forum

Watershed Ecosystems: an integrated, values-based approach 


Water connects us all. Human use of water brings nature and people together in a highly-complex socio-ecological way.

At this year’s annual Community Water Forum, we’ll hear from UBC’s Cluster of Research Excellence on Watershed Ecosystems – an interdisciplinary research team of researchers and community partners who are co-developing and testing a watershed ecosystem approach that assesses and manages critical linkages and interactions in a changing environment.

This year’s insightful panel of experts share their views and expertise in water research, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and discuss their collaborative community-engaged research project in the Peachland Watershed.

Return of the sc’win Okanagan sockeye salmon

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Virtual (via Zoom)
RSVP: coming soon
Contact: Jenny Matechuk to be added to our invite list

Syilx Okanagan Perspective

tmixw – that which gives us life – is the nsyilxcən word that most closely translates as “ecology.” tmixw includes everything that is alive: the land, water, insects, people, animals, plants and medicines.

“Water is life. Water is our relation. Water bonds us to our ancestry, our descendants and our land.”
Excerpt from the Syilx Nation Siwɬkʷ (Water) Declaration, July 31, 2014

Syilx Water Declaration

On July 31, 2014, the Okanagan Nation Alliance endorsed the Syilx Water Declaration that was put forth by the Natural Resources Council.  The Syilx Water Declaration serves as a living document on the Syilx/Okanagan relations and values to water, and communicates the importance of water and the responsibilities of the Syilx/Okanagan people.

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About the Forum

The Community Water Forum is an annual event hosted by UBC Okanagan’s Office of the Vice-Principal Research, in partnership with the Okanagan Basin Water Board and Okanagan Nation Alliance. The forum provides an opportunity for open, solution-oriented dialogue on topics of shared interest and concern in our community. The forum is supported by the Leading Edge Endowment Fund (LEEF) BC Regional Innovation Chair in Water Resources and Ecosystem Sustainability (Dr. John Janmaat) and the Endowed Research Chairs in Watershed Management (Dr. David Scott and Dr. Adam Wei).