Okanagan Indian Band

Okanagan Indian Band

The Okanagan Indian Band is located on the shores of the beautiful Okanagan Lake near Vernon, BC. One of the eight Nations who make up the Okanagan Nation Alliance, the Okanagan Indian Band has 6 reserves with a total area of 11,282 hectares, including Duck Lake #7, Harris #3, Okanagan #1, Otter Lake #2, Priest’s Valley #6, and Swan Lake #4. Almost half of Okanagan Indian Band’s 1,964 band members reside in the community.

The Okanagan people call themselves Sqilxw in their language, which means “Dream in a spiral”. The name reflects the importance Okanagan people place on the concept of unity. Members of the Okanagan Indian Band are also referred to Inkumupulux (Head of the Lake) in reference to both the people and where they have always lived.

A goal of the Okanagan Indian Band is to increase the number of band members residing within the community by making on-reserve housing the most economically attractive housing alternative. The Band encourages owner knowledge and responsibilities in the planning, financing, and management of their own housing projects. There are over 360 housing units in the community, with more developments in progress.

“Our partnership with the First Nations Market Housing Fund will allow OKIB to become an economically attractive option for our members looking to build or buy a home in our community by providing loan guarantees, while at the same time providing capacity building opportunities for our OKIB administration.”
— Chief Byron Louis (July 2014)

Contact Information:

Joseph Jack, Communications & Grants Coordinator
Okanagan Indian Band
12420 Westside Road
Vernon, BC
V1H 2A4
Phone: 250-542-4328
Fax: 250-542-4990
Toll-free: 1-866-542-4328
Email: joseph.jack@okanagan.org
Website: http://www.okib.ca/