The Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corporation, based in Osoyoos, B.C., is an organization that promotes economic sustainability and self-sufficiency within its native area, covering more than a massive 32,000 acres of British Columbia land.
With so much area available, the Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corporation also offers vast developments in a variety of sectors, including residential ,commercial, industrial, agricultural, as well as tourism destination developments, “and some of the most desirable urban industrial commercial land in the South Okanagan.”
The Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corporation works progressively with business to “preserve its past by strengthening its future”, and works to achieve its goal of increasing local educational levels academically, athletically, vocationally, and culturally, a responsibility it feels is shared by the corporation as well as the locals. The Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corporation encourages and promotes lifelong learning and development strategies, as well as the overall increase of local opportunities and the standard of living.
Self-sustainable economic landscape
The Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corporation strives to reduce the area’s reliance on government funding, doing this through job creation, self-generated income, joint ventures, leasing, as well as land and resource development to encourage sector and industry growth. The overriding goal of the Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corporation is to achieve the area’s highest level of economic self-sufficiency.
Nearby to the Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corporation is the NK’MIP Resort, home to more than 200 acres of destination resort lands within the rich Okanagan Valley. The resort includes the shores of the Osoyoos Lake, as well as a 325-site motor park, a 4-star hotel, an award-winning winery, a golf course, as well as a desert culture centre. These various attractions play a role in the economic development and prosperity of the local area. Two hours south of another major city, Kelowna, B.C., and within driving distance of the border to Washington State, Osoyoos is a popular summer and vacation destination for all ages.
Developments have seen the popularity of wine vineyards spread across the Osoyoos lands, as well as the development of established leases, such as the Sonora Dunes Golf Course, the Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa, the Tuc-El-Nuit Estates townhouse development, the Cherry Grove Modular Home Park, as well as more than 1,000 acres in agricultural leases, representing more than 20 per cent of grape production in British Columbia. The area is home to several wineries, including Vincor International, Mission Hill, and Burrowing Owl Vineyards. The NK’MIP resort is in the heart of Okanagan wine county.
Scenic tourist destination
“Osoyoos is ‘growing up’ as a tourism destination, thanks to wine tourism, a variety of golf courses, great hiking, family-friendly ski hills, and now, NK’MIP Resort,” reads the Indian Band Development Corporation website.
The Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corporation works to create and develop products to reduce dependency and encourage community involvement within the Okanagan First Nation traditional values of honour, caring, sharing, and respect. This group promotes a lifestyle of hard work and self-support, as did its previous generations, in developing the local economy through its own business initiatives.
As one of Canada’s leading aboriginal, agricultural, and tourism regions, the Osoyoos Indian Band began in 1877. The development corporation manages its business interests. Local lease and joint ventures have created various business relationships that have ultimately created a variety of social and employment opportunities for the region. The Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corporation strives to strengthen South Okanagan’s economy and lifestyle.
Reads the Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corporation website, “We invite any business with a well thought out business plan to come and explore the opportunities we offer.”
Chief Clarence Louie states on the Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corporation website, “We are very focused on the future and we realize that we create this future by our actions. The single most important key to First Nation self-reliance is economic development.”