Photo Credit: Mike Graeme


When the snow falls again,  tradition tells us that we can again tell Čaptíkʷł – creation stories. Passed orally from generation to generation, these animal stories teach us moral conduct and to look at life from different perspectives.   We tell these stories in winter, once the snow is on the mountains.  We always look forward to that time.

Winter Dance

After the first snow, around the winter solstice, it is time for Winter Dance.  Different families host dances at different times throughout the snow time, to mark our new year.  We pray, dress for our ancestors often in ribbon shirts and  wing dresses, and sing and dance and make our road for the coming year.  Our songs connect us to our ancestors and all the spirits of the land.

Salmon Ceremony

Each year in mid-June near the solstice time when the salmon would have begun their first run, we gather at Kettle Falls, to honor the salmon. We have never wavered in our responsibility to show gratitude for Salmon, even though the falls are now flooded and Grand Coulee blocks ocean salmon from ascending into our territory.

All are welcome to join us. We pray for the Salmon through our songs. It is a tradition to feast together, because sharing food helps feed the ancestors and prayers we have for this fish to return. We hold a “giveaway,” a distribution of gifts to all those who attend to remind us of the abundance we have in life and a reminder to always pray for the land and return of salmon. This generosity is an important practice. Please join us in this sacred obligation.

In 2020, we were unable to host a public ceremony due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead, we created this film.

Ceremony of Celebration

Watch highlights from the Sn̓ʕay̓ckstx Ceremony and Celebration, held in Nelson’s Lakeside Park to mark the Desautel decision and end of Canada’s extinction policy on June 10, 2022. It was a joyful time for us. Read more about the ceremony here.

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