Remember to wear your purple ribbon on Aug. 31 for International Overdose Awareness Day. Photo by Jordyn Thomson.

Okanagan Nation bringing overdose awareness to Syilx Okanagan communities

The Purple Ribbon Campaign for International Overdose Awareness Day is Aug. 28

The Okanagan Nation Alliance is taking action to end overdoses.

Ahead of International Overdose Awareness Day on Aug. 31, the ONA is hosting a Purple Ribbon Caravan which will travel through six Syilx communities in the Okanagan on Aug. 27 and Aug. 28.

The Caravan will come to Kelowna on Aug. 28 with an awareness walk from Westbank to Kelowna’s City Park.

“For this part of the Caravan we are calling any people who have been affected by overdoses or other allies to be part of the movement, and join us as we give voice and face this issue,” the ONA said in a release.

READ MORE: First Nations, governments agree to bring salmon back to Upper Columbia River

READ MORE: B.C. sockeye returns drop as official calls 2019 ‘extremely challenging’

The Purple Ribbon campaign starts in the Osoyoos Indian Band and travels through the Lower Similkameen Indian Band, Penticton, Westbank, Kelowna, Vernon and Merritt. The Caravan will travel through the territories educating people about addictions in hopes to save lives through resource sharing and open conversations about the growing opioid crisis.

“It is important to recognize that First Nations people are five times more likely than non-First Nations to experience an overdose event, increasing the threat to Syilx Okanagan member communities,” the ONA release said.

Through wearing the purple ribbons and taking this action, the Okanagan Nation Alliance hopes to address the first steps of the overdose crisis by taking the shame and fear out of addiction.

READ MORE: Okanagan Rail Ride gathering steam ahead of inaugural race

The Caravan will take off from Shelter Bay Marina in West Kelowna at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 28. The walking group of people will march across the Bennett Bridge with ribbons and signs of support before ending at City Park in Kelowna.

For more information visit syilx.org.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Four cougars caught on camera near Vernon

A Predator Ridge resident’s doorbell camera caught images of early morning visitors

UPDATE: Person safely pulled from Vernon creek culvert

Multiple emergency services assist in rescue of individual near 35th Avenue and 34th Street

Coldstream Town Centre redevelopment to add 84 new child care spots

$5M grant to fund new community centre, child care spaces

Vernon hockey executive close to Cup win

Stacey Roest is the assistant general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning

Volatile enrolment leads to loss of teaching staff at three North Okanagan-Shuswap schools

Three quarters of students using online learning program expected to return to class

B.C. reports 91 new cases as officials remain worried over ‘clusters of COVID-19

There have now been a total of 8,395 cases in B.C. since the pandemic began

EDITORIAL: Clearing the smoke

Wildfires have resulted in heavy smoke and poor air quality

Kelowna man’s child porn collection ‘traversed the spectrum of depravity,’ court hears

Terry Krock was caught in possession of between 7,000 and 12,000 child porn files

COVID-19 exposure at Merritt pub

The exposure happened on Sept. 19 at the pub of the Coldwater Hotel

Police watchdog investigating after man injured in Penticton RCMP cells

Man suffers serious injuries after being lodged into cells at the detachment

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Four more cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

There are 31 active cases in isolation in the health region

Canada’s active COVID-19 cases top 10,000 as daily new cases triple over the past month

Dr. Tam repeated her warning to young people, who have made up the majority of recent cases

First 8 months of fatal overdoses in B.C. have now exceeded 2019 death toll

Nine people died every two days in August, BC Coroners Service data shows

Most Read