Xeni Gwet'in host several annual events to support community well-being and cultural practice. Our community events reflect Xeni Gwet'in tradition that has been practiced and handed down by generation.
Please see below for a list of our annual events:
Tiŝel ʔIza (January) The month of the golden eagle
Winter fest: To promote healthy outdoor activity in the community during the winter months
Outdoor skating and hockey, horse drawn sled rides, community dinner
Baby Naming Ceremony: To promote cultural revitalization of traditional naming
Open to community members, naming ceremony, and community dinner
Benen Ses ʔElhtsish (February) The month the bears have their cubs
Benen ʔEghutelog (March) The month the snow melts
Benen Neʔedɨlh (April) The month the birds come back
Benen Gwets'enedzɨsh (May) The planting month
Naghtanaqed School Cultural Week: To promote parent and community cultural involvement with the youth and school kids.
A week long event hosted by Naghtanaqed school that includes a week full of cultural and traditional activities as part of the school curriculum
Daltsi Za (June) The month of the red mouth sucker
Xeni Gwet'in Wagon Trip to Williams Lake Stampede: To encourage the revitalization of strong horsemanship in Xeni Gwet'in culture and tradition
Annual week long horse back riding trip from Xeni Gwet'in to Williams lake for the Williams Lake stampede
Horse drawn wagons and camping
Jaŝ Sa (July) The month of the spring salmon
Elders Gathering: To celebrate and honor our community elders and provide inter-generational and family oriented activities to ensure culture and traditional practices are handed down from one generation to the next
2-3 day camping event at Henry's crossing includes cultural events, activities, and community dinner
Ts'eman Za (August) The month of the sockeye salmon
Xeni Gwet'in Gymkhana and Mountain Race: To encourage healthy outdoor spring-fall horsemanship activities in the community
Gymkhana event with monies added to each event: barrel racing, pole bending, scurry race, potato race, keyhole, and flat race
Annual XG mountain race with monies added
TNG Nations Gathering: See Tsilhqot'in National Government website for more info
Brittany Gathering: To celebrate the historic Brittany triangle road block that secured the protection of significant culturally important territories from mass clear cut logging in (date?)
2-3 day camping event at Henry's crossing includes cultural events, activities, and community dinners
Dandzex ʔIza (September) The month of the humpback salmon
Teztan Biny Gathering: Healing Camp: To promote healthy on the land activities and forms of healing with and for our traditional territories
2-3 day camping event at Teztan Biny, traditional harvesting and cooking activities, activities on the land, community meals provided for portions of the camp.
Benen Nats'ih (October) The windy month
Lhatsass'in Memorial: To honor the ancestors before us who were trailed and hung following the historic Tsilhqot'in War, which defended and upheld all Tsilhqot'in 'jurisdiction' to our territories.
One day gathering hosted each year by Tsilhqot'in National Government
Location is TBA each year
Turkey Shoot: To encourage positive and safe competition for shooting accuracy in the community that celebrates community hunters
Open to everyone, age group categories, male/female categories, monies added, community dinner to follow
Benen Lhiz-Qwen-Yex Ts'enish (November) The month they move into underground houses
Gwelu Za (December) The month of ice
For further details on an event that interests you, please contact XGFNG closer to the scheduled date for more information.