Aboriginal culture is respected and celebrated in Osoyoos.
The city's name comes from the Syilx (Okanagan Nation) language. The word "Souyoos" indicates a narrow waterway or where the land almost meets, describing the geography of Osoyoos Lake.
Osoyoos Indian Band
Archeological evidence shows that Aboriginal people have lived in the area for thousands of years, making a good living by carefully using the resources of land and water and trading with their neighbours.
Today, about 450 members of the Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB) live on the 12,950ha/32,000ac Osoyoos Indian Reserve, contributing to the social life and economy of the region. The OIB is considered to be a leader in aboriginal economic development in Canada.
Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre
The Osoyoos Indian Band interprets the Aboriginal culture of the Okanagan Nation for visitors to Osoyoos at the Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre.
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1000 Rancher Creek Rd
Osoyoos, British Columbia
Experience "The Land, the Legends and the People" at Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre, a cultural and outdoor desert experience. View arts and cultural exhibits, audio-visual presentations and interactive displays featuring Okanagan First Nations culture and desert plants and animals. The 22 ha site features walking trails through the sagebrush habitat, outdoor sculptures & hands-on displays. Highlights include a reconstructed aboriginal village and in the summer, features daily guided walks, cultural programs and rattlesnake demonstrations. Visit Coyote's Gifts for First Nations art, jewelry, books, clothing and giftware. Located in an award winning, sustainable building.