Danielle Saddleman comes from nkmaplqs, the Head of the Lake, Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB) in Vernon, British Columbia. She is the daughter of the late Chief Albert Saddleman who was a strong passionate syilx leader in Title and Rights, and who is well known within the Okanagan Nation for his dedication to the Return of the Salmon. Danielle continues to carry his desires and understanding that now that the salmon have returned to our water basins it will benefit the eco-system as well as the health and wellbeing of our syilx people. She is a champion, advocate, and leader for language and cultural renewal in her home community of the Okanagan Indian Band. Danielle’s next goal is to apply for her Master’s degree and research the health benefits of practicing traditional Syilx language and culture. Danielle is passionate about language revitalization, traditional knowledge, and the health and wellbeing of her people.