Community Fund for Canada’s 150th

canada150 In November of 2016 the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen granted $20,000 to local organizations to hold events, celebrations and projects that will commemorate Canada’s 150th.



Take a look at  the projects and celebrations that will happen throughout 2017.

Canada 150 Projects

ProjectOrganizationProject DateDescription
Aboriginal Day Community Celebrations 2017Okanagan School of the ArtsJune 21st, 2017The project will provide opportunities for creative reconciliations with the indigenous people in the region through partnership with and leadership of the En'owkin Centre. The project will include the exhibition 'Creative Reconciliations', which will include indigenous workshops, events, projects and documentary films during the summer of 2017.
Similkameen Heritage FairThe Old Grist Mill FoundationOctober 9th, 2017Our project aims to create a special multi-day festival at the Grist Mill and Gardens Historic Site that uses Canada's 150th as a springboard to celebrate 150 years of regional heritage; this festival would include a speaker's series, fashion show, heritage-themed entertainment, special displays and more—all with a focus on the historical threads that have bound our region together over the last century and a half.
History of Princeton PioneersTown of PrincetonJuly 1st, 2017History of Princeton Pioneers will celebrate and highlight local pioneer history. Local pioneers will document their life story in Princeton. Their stories can be told through video, CD or written copy to be shared on July 2, 2017 at a Pioneer Tea where they will be celebrated during Princeton Days Families, Princeton Museum, Senior Centre and youth will be approached to help our pioneers share their story in an unique way.
Keremeos Community Banner project Keremoes Chamber of Commerce & Village of keremeosJuly 1st, 2017We will create 15 historically themed pole banners that will be displayed from the end of May, after they have been unveiled at the Keremeos Rodeo parade, until they are taken down in the late fall/early winter. The banners will represent a period of local Similkameen and Canadian history. The banners will be designed by locals and painted by known area artists hopefully allowing for a mentoring opportunity between artists of varying levels. An extra effort will be put forward to engage the public especially youth and seniors to submit historical themed designs by holding historical talks in conjunction with the museum as well as artists to provide artistic guidelines. Talks are ongoing with the schools to ensure youth participation. Engaging with the Lower Similkameen Indian Band as well as encouraging local First Nations artists and designers is a priority for all involved.
Natural History of the South Okanagan SimilkameenOkanagan Similkameen Conservation AllianceMay 18th, 2017The project will showcase the evolution of the South Okanagan Similkameen landscape over the past 150 years through photographs and historical artifacts and specimens acquired from various regional collections including the various South Okanagan Similkameen museums and archives, the Penticton and Osoyoos Indian Bands, the Okanagan Nation Alliance and private holdings. The materials acquired will be interpreted by various experts including biologists, botanists, geologists, historians, Aboriginal knowledge keepers, naturalists, entomologists and herpetologists among others. At least two experts, including an Aboriginal knowledge keeper, will provide audio commentary and narration of the project. The project will be unveiled at the 20th Anniversary edition of the Meadowlark Nature Festival in May of 2017.
Together We Will FlyDragonFly Pond SocietyJuly 4th, 2017Hold an open house to promote awareness and inclusion, to be hosted by the youth who have complex care needs and/or disabilities. The Open House we are planning will be created and hosted by the participants Dragonfly Pond. The goals of this event are to increase awareness and inclusion within the community, while providing an opportunity for the youth to plan and host an event. The group will be making the snacks - hosting the event- and sharing their personal stories. We want to provide an event where our community can come together and celebrate the unique differences of all its members, while supporting families and sharing important information.

About the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th

Canada’s sesquicentennial is an historic moment with the power to bring people and places together as we dream big about our communities and our country.

The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th is a small grants program that will support community initiatives from coast to coast to coast. The Fund is a collaboration between Canada’s community foundations, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.

For more information on the involvement of the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen in the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, email:

Please note the application for the Canada 150 Grants have closed.

The information gathered through the application process will not be made public, and will be shared with community foundations and the Government of Canada exclusively for purposes related to the Fund.