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Okanagan Nation Alliance

Member Bands

Lower Similkameen Indian Band

Location: Located on Similkameen River, near Keremeos. The main community is on Skemeoskuankin Indian Reserve #7 & #8. (Nine reserves on 15,048.8 hectares.) (Source: First Nations Profiles, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and British Columbia First Nations websites)

Number of Band Members: 465 (Source: Registered Indian Population by Sex and Residence, May 2011, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)

Okanagan Indian Band

Location: Near Vernon. Main community is on Okanagan Indian Reserve #1, north of Vernon, between the north end of Okanagan Lake and the Salmon River. (Six reserves on 11,282.5 hectares.) (Source: First Nations Profiles, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and British Columbia First Nations websites)

Number of Band Members: 1,818 (Source: Registered Indian Population by Sex and Residence, May 2011, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)

Osoyoos Indian Band

Location: Near Osoyoos (Two reserves on 13,052.3 hectares). (Source: First Nations Profiles, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and British Columbia First Nations websites)

Number of Band Members: 481 (Source: Registered Indian Population by Sex and Residence, May 2011, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)

Penticton Indian Band

Location: Located in the Southwest section of the Okanagan Valley, adjacent to the City of Penticton. (Three reserves on 18,698.6 hectares). (Source: First Nations Profiles, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and British Columbia First Nations websites)

Number of Band Members: 978 (Source: Registered Indian Population by Sex and Residence, May 2011, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)

 
Upper Similkameen Indian Band

Location: Main community is on Chuchuwayha I. R. No. 2, on the Similkameen River near Keremeos. (Seven reserves on 2,708.5 hectares.) (Source: First Nations Profiles, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and British Columbia First Nations websites)

Number of Band Members: 76 (Source: Registered Indian Population by Sex and Residence, May 2011, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)

Westbank First Nation

Location: On the west shore of Okanagan Lake, across from Kelowna. (Five reserves on 2,161 hectares.)

Number of Band Members: 700 (Source: Registered Indian Population by Sex and Residence, May 2011, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)

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Background

Participation:
The Westbank First Nation is negotiating independently within the treaty process. The other five member bands are not involved in the treaty process.

Location
: The Okanagan Nation Alliance office is in Westbank. Member bands are located throughout the Okanagan Valley.

Total band members
: 4,518 (Source: Registered Indian Population by Sex and Residence, May 2011, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)

Discussions

The B.C. Government undertakes discussions with First Nations outside the treaty process on a wide range of topics. Initiatives can involve building new relationships with First Nations and addressing concerns associated with land and resource use on asserted traditional territories.

Forest Consultation and Revenue Sharing Agreements (FCRSAs)

FCRSAs provide First Nation communities with economic benefits returning directly to their community based on harvest activities in their traditional territory.