The OKIB Cultural Immersion School project has advanced to the Design Phase. Please bookmark page and check back often for updates.
School Design Phase Update
December 9, 2020 - The Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB) have completed their feasibility study to rebuild nk̓maplqs iʔ snm̓am̓ay̓aʔtn iʔ k̓l sqilxʷtət, translated as North Okanagan Head of the Lake Place of Learning our sqilxw Ways. Recent approval from the Federal Government has allowed OKIB to advance this project towards building a new, full-size, modern elementary school for grades K4 through seven, at Komasket Park.
OKIB has now entered into the Design Phase of this project and out team continues to work closely with the community, staff, our architectural firm and our engineering consultants to identify the fundamental elements pertaining this school. These fundamental elements include; classroom sizes, library, cafeteria/lunchroom, language and culture room and a full-size gymnasium. All of these elements are important for building a functional and welcoming school for students.
Functionality is in the for-front of the project. We have contacted other First Nations School to enquire as to what does and does not work in their schools. Many have mentioned that the cultural esthetics of every school are beautiful but it does not always work with the functionality of the school. As we are striving to have as much cultural elements in the design we are aware that functionality is of importance in this project.
The staff of our Cultural Immersion School play an important role in guiding the project team as to what would work best for the students and staff. Their input is what is going to make this school an encouraging, safe, and fun learning environment for children.
Even though we have many mountains yet to climb in completing this project we have a confident team who are prepared to make a difference in this community. We are working closely with Chief and Council and community to ensure a school is built to meet all future needs of the children and the community. It is our hope the school will be completed by September 2023.
School Spaces Funded vs Unfunded
School Design Community Meeting
The first School Design Community Meeting took place by Zoom on Thursday, December 3, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. We reviewed these documents at the meeting:
To join the meeting, simply click the link below. The Zoom software will automatically download and open the meeting.
Meeting ID: 878 0374 7797
Meeting ID: 878 0374 7797
Meet the School Design Phase Team
Design Phase Workplan and Schedule
School Feasibility Study Report
You must be an OKIB member to access the report. To access the report you must log in to your OKIB account on www.okib.ca
The vision for a new school has been shaped by many over the years. Watch this video made in 2013 where students of nk̓məplqs iʔ snmaḿýʔtn iʔ k̓l sqilʷtət share their ideas, hopes, and explain why they value the educational experience found only in our Cultural Immersion School.