Bob Tait, of the Kalamalka Fly Fishers, teaches local students about the life cycle of a salmon at the Kikinee Festival, hosted by Allan Brooks Nature Centre, Wednesday at Coldstream Park. Five elementary school’s took part in the Respect Fest event that focused on the return of the kokanee salmon to their spawning grounds and traditions of the Okanagan people. Visit for a video. (Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star)

Kikinee Festival immerses students in nature

Elementary school students study salmon spawning and learn Okanagan Indian Band traditions.

Students from five different local elementary schools take part in the Respect Fest event, the Kikinee Festival, hosted by Allan Brooks Nature Centre Wednesday at Coldstream Park.

Many Respect Fest events such as the Outdoor Art Show on Fri. from 2-6 p.m. at the Mackie House and Multicultural Celebration, hosted by the Downtown Vernon Association on Sat. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will continue until Sunday.

For a full list of events visit


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