The Syilx and their land The Syilx are a beautiful people living in a beautiful land of rivers and lakes. They live in valleys between mountains covered in green forests. A long time ago, whatever the Syilx needed, it was there to be had. In those days, life was not easy, but we had everything that we needed to live. Now many things have changed in Syilx territory, but we still live here. We still ﬁsh, gather roots and berries. We hunt, gather and make our medicines. We pray for our land. We sing and we medicine dance. And we still speak our language. Excerpt from the N̓syilxčn̓ 3 textbook Salish School of Spokane - interiorsalish.com
The N̓syilxčn̓ speaking territory is a large geographic area in the interior plateau which includes the Syilx Okanagan, Sinixt, Kettle falls / Colville, San Poil, Nespelem, Methow & the Lower Okanogan. The territory spans southern BC and northern Washington. Syilx people are highly invested in reclaiming their critcally endangered language and connecting with their land.