The Okanagan Indian Band is located at the head of Okanagan Lake in Vernon, BC, and totals 11,282 hectares. There are currently about 1688 Okanagan Indian Band members. Approximately half of our members reside on reserve while the other half resides off reserve. The Okanagan Indian Band offers a variety of services and facilities including health care, social services, and early childhood education to name a few.
Economic Development Background
The OKIB Lands and Economic Development Department ensures that reserve lands are properly managed for agriculture, industry and residential use. Additionally, the Lands and Economic Development Department is responsible for the Title and Rights, Land Claims and Unexploded Ordinance removal. The department works in close partnership with PW&H, Territorial Stewardship Department, as well, as various municipal, regional, provincial and federal departments, programs and councils.
Summary of Economic Development Agreements, Community Businesses and Joint Ventures
The Okanagan Indian Band has engaged in several Forestry Agreements with the Provincial Government.