Syilx Trail has been busy with local customers and tourists from other parts of BC, Alberta, and Ontario into the late fall. We have many visitors from different parts of the valley with repeat customers from our area. We are grateful for the support from the locals.
We continue to build our brand and get our name out there with the public. Syilx Trail is proud to have been nominated as a finalist for the Greater Westside Board of Trade’s award for best indigenous business. This is truly an honor. We have worked hard to make connections and build a following with our social media sites.
The Ministry of Children and Family Development Penticton inspired our gift shop to create a signature gift basket set upon a live edge cut circle provided by our community forest. Syilx Trail supplied 50 baskets to their caregivers. Baskets included a hand sanitizer hand gel, handmade masks, smoked salmon, limited, edition mug, journal, and stress ball guy.
Recently we had many visitors looking for authentic indigenous arts and handmade goods in which we proudly provide by our local Syilx artists. The pre-printed licensed goods can be economical however people want the authentic “handmade quality.” Syilx Trail carries both products for our clients as well as indigenous literature published by Theytus Books and independent indigenous publications. The indigenous titles are filling the need for the researchers, teachers, professors, parents, and grandparents. “Being a scholar and published author, I found it was important to educate, and build relationships through indigenous publications.”
For those interested, in essential oils and learning some of the amazing benefits; we have a variety of products to choose from including, thieves blend. Thieves blend was used in the last pandemic 100 years ago during the Spanish flu. Idris Hudson our featured artist on the gallery wall has been busy filling orders for our repeat customers requesting this product.
WFN Elder, Irene Alexander is our artist of the month with her popular beaded Red Dress Lady and Poppies. Irene stated, “Beading just keeps me busy…,”. Please see her picture and bio on our website www.syilxtrail.com.
Syilx Trail had a lot of plans to host different programs involving the community members, elder’s, and youth however because of COVID it has restricted all of us this past year. It is best to keep our community safe.
We hope once the pandemic is over, we can host different events in conjunction with Sncəwips Heritage Museum. Check out our new Instagram page @syilxtrail. Thank you, Cori Derickson, Store Manager.
The Syilx Trail Gift Store and Gallery is at the heart of the beautiful Okanagan Valley located at Lake Okanagan Shopping Mall on WFN lands, unceded traditional territories of the Syilx People. Our mission is to prioritize the sale of authentic local indigenous art with WFN band members while educating the customer about the story of the artwork.