OKIB Cultural Immersion School

We offer a unique educational experience, designed to enhance intellectual growth and promote participatory engagement.

Promoting a Community of Growth

Prepare your children for their brightest future. OKIB Cultural Immersion School is pioneering the field of education through our dedication and commitment to our students’ needs. Our goal is to promote the language and culture of the Okanagan people. We welcome all prospective students for a visit anytime.

Language Revitalization

Despite this history of language loss, Aboriginal Canadians are working together to revitalize their ancestral languages by preserving the knowledge of elders and teaching a new generation of speakers. Click here to continue reading.

Mr Bentley


My name is Steve Bentley and I am joining the Cultural Immersion School as Principal this school year. I am very excited to be here and begin this new journey with you. I believe it is essential that we try to provide the very best education possible for the young people of the Okanagan Indian Band. The school has a lofty goal in the pursuit of restoring the language and culture of the Okanagan people and I am excited to be a part of this great adventure. Our goals this year, will be to promote the Language and Culture program in all aspects possible, while maintaining academics, the arts, and physical activities. We will focus on helping mold, with the help of the parents, the most successful students possible.

I come from Rocky Mountain School District No 6, where I was principal at Windermere Elementary School for 7 years, and Vice Principal at Lady Gray School for 1 year. Prior to that I was Principal at Tahayghen Elementary School in Masset on Haida Gwaii for two years. I gained valuable experience and knowledge working in Northern Ontario, for 8 years on a fly –in Ojibway Reserve, for the Eabametoong First Nation in a variety of roles, mostly as a Principal. I was also a Digital Imaging Instructor at Fanshawe College for two years. My career as an educator began at Dunnville Secondary School as a High School Instructor.

Please feel free to come and meet with me at the school.


Excerpt from the Vernon Morning Star
It included pint-sized members of the Okanagan Indian Band Cultural Immersion School’s choir, who gave a prayer and welcome song in the Syilx language. And they observed elder Madeline Gregoire’s instruction before the show, to remember they were not there for themselves.

Link to the article in full.

Okanagan College Powwow

Grade 6 -7 s at the Sylix Hunting Camp

OKIB Cultural Immersion School
12420 Westside Rd
Vernon, V1H 2A4

Phone: 250-260-3616 250-542-1893
Email: [email protected]