Peach City Community Radio (Penticton) and the En'owkin Centre are partnering to create a radio documentary series aimed at exploring the legacy of the residential school system locally.
Starting Sunday, the four part series entitled “Sexkinx: What Happened?” will be playing in instalments online on Peach City Radio.
Written and produced by documentary broadcaster Tracey Kim Bonneau, the first 30 minute show is entitled “For the Love of Language”. It features an interview with Delphine Derickson, an elder working to revitalize the n'syilxcen (Okanagan) language.
Over the four parts, the series will feature members of four different generations of the Stylix (Okanagan) people, explaining the ongoing legacy of the residential school system and steps being taken to empower n'syilxcen speakers.
Bonneau will also be training members to record stories so they can produce stories to air on Peach City Community Radio.
In January, the Okanagan Indian Educational Resources Society, operating as En'owkin Centre, together with Peach City Radio received a Resonating Reconciliation grant from the National Campus & Community Radio Association.
The NCRA created the Resonating Reconciliation project with funds from the Truth and Reconciliation Commemorative Grant in order to build relationships between indigenous communities and their local community radio stations.
The grant supports the production of a documentary covering the local legacy of Indian Residential Schools. The lasting goal is to train Aboriginal producers and volunteers who can continue to develop radio content.
This project will give Syilx people the opportunity to develop skills in radio production using new equipment and a computer dedicated to programming. The Okanagan Indian Educational Resources Society will commence training sessions to encourage and support Syilx lanaguge learners to produce additional stories.
Devon Armstrong and Peach City Radio volunteer Cameron Baughen assisted in developing the documentary.
Musical selections were all from the 'Turning Earth Collective' featuring local artists Delphine Derickson, Jeannette Armstrong and Herman Edwards.
The first part of the documentary is available for on demand listening here.