Okanagan Nation Wellness Forum: Celebrating and Promoting Wellness

Best Western Vernon Lodge, Vernon, BC
Tue, 24.11.2015 – Wed, 25.11.2015
8:30am – 8:00pm

November 24-25, 2015

The Okanagan Nation Alliance will be hosting a 2 day Okanagan Nation Wellness Forum: Celebrating and Promoting Wellness in Vernon, BC. The event is free to register and open to all Aboriginal People.


Wellness Forum Topics Include:

  • Reigniting My Flame:  Igniting a flame of passion for who you are and who you can be! Exploring your passion and making the connection to your work.
  • Breaking Trail in What We Talk About: Things We Don’t Say: An open space, world café style space for us to come together.
  • Decolonizing the Models of Medicine
  • A Home for Chipmunk: Empowering Syilx Families
  • Syilx Violence Against Women and Girls
  • Wellness in Nsyilxcen
  • ECD: Dealing with Challenging Behaviours
  • Medicines from the Tmulawx

Guest Presenter and Performer:

Ryan McMahan, Red Man Laughing

Ryan McMahon is an Anishinaabe/Metis comedian, writer & actor based out of Treaty #1 Territory (Winnipeg, MB). Armed with a degree in Theatre & as a graduate of the prestigious Second City Conservatory (Toronto), Ryan’s storytelling comedy style is fast paced, loose & irreverent as he explores the good, the bad & the ugly between Indian Country & the mainstream.

His breakout performances on “Welcome To Turtle Island Too – A Celebration of Aboriginal Comedy” (CBC TV/Radio, Corkscrew Media, 2010), and the “Hystereotypes” (CBC TV, Frantic Films, 2011) Gala television taping at the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival in 2011 led to his own one hour standup comedy special “Ryan McMahon – UnReserved” (CBC TV/Radio, Corkscrew Media, taped in June 2012), becoming the FIRST Native Comedian to ever tape a one hour standup comedy special for CBC TV. In February of 2014, Ryan recorded a NEW one hour National comedy variety special for CBC Radio One called, “Red Man Laughing.”

Ryan has performed at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival, CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Toronto Improv Festival, Chicago Improv Festival, the Del Close Marathon, imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, VIMAF, Sakewewak and countless other festivals.


  • Lunch and Dinner will be provided
  • Self-Care Practitioners will be on site

For More Information Contact:

Fabian Alexis, Community Engagement Coordinator

Phone: (250)707-0095 ext. 114

Email: Health.Engage@syilx.org


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