"We’ve built on our traditional principles of hard work and living off the land, and we’ve evolved and adapted into the business culture that you see today. It all comes down to the fact that you can’t protect your heritage and culture when you’re on welfare. This is how we strengthen our future by protecting our past.” "
Chief Clarence Louie
The Syilx People of the Okanagan Nation are a trans-boundary tribe separated at the 49th parallel by the border between Canada and the United States. Osoyoos Indian Band is one of seven member communities in the Southern Interior of British Columbia. Osoyoos Indian Band’s area of leadership and business responsibility extends from the South Okanagan into the Boundary and Kootenay regions.
We are building a future founded on our Okanagan working culture and business heritage to achieve a healthy, hardworking and financially sustainable community that creates meaningful job opportunities and economically supports programs for our Elders and Children. The Osoyoos Indian Band currently has 540 members. Because of their work ethic and diversified investments, unemployment on the reserve is less than 3% and 20% of these band members are in senior positions. Successes include: • New iconic band office • Establishment of Senkulmen Business Park • Nk’Mip Campground & RV Park • NK’Mip Desert Heritage Centre • Canyon Desert Golf Course • NK’Mip Forestry • Spirit Ridge Hyatt Unbound Hotel Collection (first in Canada) • Nk’Mip Cellars Canadian Winery • The culturally significant sw’iw’s (formerly Haynes Point) and sx?w x?wnitkw (formerly Okanagan Falls) provincial parks • New Tim Hortons • NK’Mip Convenience Stores (largest asset operation) A top strategy of OIB is to give their members the knowledge and skills, by providing tools and training opportunities that will give knowledge they need to occupy higher-paying positions. Making better use of digital data and market research is a key plan as OIB connects with visitors who will stay longer, spend more money, and eventually, attract new kinds of business investment.
|Nation||Osoyoos Indian Band|
|Province territory||British Columbia|
|Chief||Chief Clarence Louie|
|Address||1155 Sen Pok Chin Blvd, Oliver. BC V0H1T8|
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