Learn about the different bands:

Member Bands

Lower Similkameen Indian Band
Lower Similkameen Indian Band logo PO Box 100
Keremeos BC Canada
V0X 1N0
Web: www.lsib.org
Similkameen River

Current Chief: Joe Dennis
Current Council: Leslie Louis, Louie Terbasket and Keith Crow

Located in the Similkameen Valley the land base of the LSIB is a combination of distinctive desert lands, luscious valley lands, mountainous alpine and fertile wetlands. The mountainous region contains various streams, creeks, rivers and lakes.The pristine back country offers the beauty of nature as it should exist. The area is known for its diversity in agriculture through ranching, farming and orchards. Natural resource development in logging, restoration and forest management is also important in this area. The Similkameen people have retained their ceremonies, arts, culture, heritage and language which are spoken fluently by the people and being taught to the next generation through their oral history and teaching from the chaptiqw and through family systems.

Initiatives include: Health, Education, Employment, Social Services, Culture and community.

Upper Similkameen Indian Band
PO Box 310
Keremeos, BC, Canada
V0X 1N0
Mascot Gold Mines & Interpretive ToursMines
Current Chief: Richard Holmes
Current Council: Carmeletta Holmes & Miranda Squakin

The Upper Similkameen Indian Band currently manages eight Indian Reserves in the Similkameen River watershed from Hedley, BC to past Princeton, BC. The traditional territory extends from Manning Park in the west, Aspen Grove in the north, Hedley in the east and south to the USA border with 3 Band Offices located in Keremeos, Hedley and Princeton. USIB is the smallest ONA Member Band with 63 members. However, it is one of the most progressive First Nations Community in the forestry industry, The Band employs over 160 full-time and part time workers and is the second–largest private employer in the Similkameen Valley.

Initiatives include Health, Social Development, Employment and education.

Osoyoos Indian Band
Osoyoos Indian Band logo RR3-site25-comp1
McKinney Road & 71st Ave
Oliver, BC, Canada
V0H 1T0
Web: www.oib.ca
Osoyoo Indian reserve
Current Chief: Clarence Louie
Current Council: Anthony Baptiste, Charlotte Allen Sanders. Kathy Falkus & Helen Gallagher

The Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB) is home to a 410-member community sharing borders with the towns of Oliver and Osoyoos. The OIB is a leader in economic development with nine companies employing more than 500 people on reserve.

Initiatives include: Economic & Business Development, Education, Health and Social Development.

Penticton Indian Band
Penticton Indian Band logoRR2-site80-comp19
Penticton, BC Canada V2A 6J7
T: 250-493-0048
Web: www.pib.ca
Vineyard overlooking Skaha Lake
Current Chief: Jonathon Kruger
Current Council: Joan Gabriel, Naomi Gabriel, Kevin Gabriel, Clint Gabriel, Laurie Wilson, Timothy Lezard, Joan Phillip & Joseph Pierre

The Penticton Indian Reserve is located west of Penticton, BC. The land base is approximately 46,000 acres with 910 band members. PIB and its residents is/ are considered one of the most politically active bands (peoples) in Canada in regards to its continuous fight against lands, resources and other Aboriginal issues. PIB is interested in maintaining its culture, traditional territories, education and well being of its members and communities.

Initiatives include education, wellness, culture, health, social development, land preservation & restoration, recreation, youth & elder activities, emergency services and economic development.

Westbank First Nation
Westbank First Nation logo#301-515 Highway 97 South
Kelowna BC Canada
V1Z 3J2
T: 250-769-4999
F: 250-769-4377
Web: www.wfn.ca
Sunset from Westbank First Nation reserve lands
Current Chief: Robert Louie
Current Council: Mike DeGuevara, Brian Eli, Mickey Werstuik & Lorretta Swite

Westbank First Nation lands spreads across approximately 5,300 acres situated on both sides of Okanagan Lake, adjacent to the City of Kelowna, one of the fastest growing areas in BC. There are 630 band members with over 400 resident members, and we currently share our lands with 8,000 non-members. There are a number of businesses operating here to serve the needs of our expanding population base, including retail, restaurants, artisans, botanical tours, manufacturing and industrial services, including Heartland Economics Ltd., all of which are owned by WFN or its members.

WFN initiatives include: Economic Development, Education, Employment Opportunities, Recreation, Social Development, Drug and Alcohol services & Taxation

Okanagan Indian Band

Okanagan Indian Band logo12420 Westside Rd
Vernon, BC Canada
V1T 7Z3
T: 250-542-4328
F: 250-542-4990
Web: www.okib.ca

Northern end of Okanagan Lake
Current Chief: Fabian Alexis
Current Council: Homer Alexis, Mollie Bono, William (Bill) Cohen, June Cole, Tim Isaac, Coola Louis, Diane Louis, Raymond Marchand, Rhoda Poschenrieder and William R. Wilson
The Okanagan Indian Band, with a population of 1708 people, is the largest band of the Canadian Okanagan Nation. Its main reserve, Okanagan IR#1, comprises over 25,000 acres and surrounds the North Arm of Okanagan Lake, a popular tourist and recreational destination. Okanagan IR#1 is famous for its many beachfront cottage developments. The Band and its members are active in the local economy and work hard to promote knowledge of Okanagan language, history and culture.

OKIB initiatives include Media (newspaper Senklip News), Employment, Recreation, Health, Education, Social Services, Facilities and services include a wellness centre, a basketball court, komasket park, a volunteer fire department and the New Horizons community hall.

Upper Nicola Indian Band

Upper Nicola Indian Band logo Box 3700

Merritt, BC, Canada
V1K 1B8
T: 250-350-3342
F: 250-350-3311
Web: www.uppernicolaband.com

UNIB landscape

Current Chief: Tim Manuel 'petulawx'
Current Council: Martha Chillihitzia, Ivan Lindley, Sharon Lindley, Danny Manuel, Debra Manuel, Wallace Michel, Harvey McLeod and George Saddleman

The Upper Nicola Band occupies the northwest portion of Okanagan Territory. The band’s eight reserves (located in the upper watershed of the Nicola River) cover 30,000 acres. Approximately 50% of UNI ’s 854 band members reside on-reserve in two communities: Spaxomin at Douglas Lake, and Quilchena, on the shores of Nicola Lake. An ambitious three-phase Comprehensive Community Plan is underway on IR #1, utilizing timber volume from two band-managed woodlots and a Forest and Range Agreement signed in 2005. A sort yard and milling operation will generate new jobs in Phase 1, with more jobs projected by the end of Phase 3. The community plan reflects an integrated approach that covers the economic, socio-cultural and ecological needs of the community and the land.

UNIB initiatives include Housing, Education, Health, Social Development, Natural Resources, Capital Works, Lands & Resources, suxwt?em authority, community healing, N'kwala school, Headstart, Lands, Wills & Estates.

Colville Confederated Tribes
Colville Confederated Tribes PO Box 150
Nespelem, WA, USA
f: 509-634-4116
Nespelem WA

The American side of the Okanagan Nation and covers 1.4 million acres in the state of Washington and has a tribal enrollment of 8,700. CCT is comprised of 12 bands. Wenatchee, Nespelem, Moses-Columbia, Methow, Colville, Okanogan, Palus, San Poil, Entiat, Chelan, Nez Perce, Lake.

CCT initiatives include Business Development, Corrections, Tribal Court, Health, Education, National Resources, Public Works and tourism.

Okanagan Nation Alliance
Okanagan Nation Alliance 3255C Shannon Lake Road,
Westbank BC Canada
V4T 1V4
t 250.707.0095
f 250.707.0166

Executive Director: Pauline Terbasket

ONA Unity riders
The organization facilitates collaborative working in areas of shared interest including Title and Rights, natural resource management, social services and economic development. As equity and asset development for First Nations is being refocused across the country, there is an increasing interest from the private sector to do business with First Nation communities.

ONA initiatives include Economic Development, Fisheries, Children & Families, Forestry, Okanagan Aboriginal Title and Rights, Health, Education, Social Services, & Emergency Services.