RespectFEST 2017 is a celebration of respect and diversity in the North Okanagan. Held from September 18-24, 2017 RespectFEST is being generously funded in part by the Government of Canada as part of Canada’s 150 Birthday.
A true community partnership, RespectFEST is being spearheaded by the Social Planning Council of the North Okanagan, the Allan Brooks Nature Centre, and the Downtown Vernon Association.
RespectFEST 2017 is building on other local projects and initiatives that celebrate diversity and multiculturalism and provide opportunities to learn more about First Nation history that predates confederation; acknowledging a history that goes back millenniums.
Events including art walks, educational opportunities and a one-day Multicultural Festival will take place over the course of a week and are expected to attract 12,000 participants of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.
Other RespectFEST events being coordinated by the Downtown Vernon Association, the Allan Brooks Nature Centre and the Social Planning Council of North Okanagan include a a Multicultural Festival on September 23 , interpretive walks, outdoor excursions, and a multicultural garden.
The concept of RespectFEST 2017 has been founded on four main pillars:
- Respect is IMAGINED here
- Respect STARTS here
- Respect GROWS here
- Respect LIVES here
We respect our land and environment; honour our indigenous history and roots; understand our multicultural history, and recognize the strength that diversity brings to our community and nation.