Okanagan Indian Band
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The Okanagan Indian Band is a First Nations government in the Canadian province of British Columbia, located in the city of Vernon in the northern Okanagan Valley. The band is a member government of the Okanagan Nation Alliance.
As of October 2010, 809 of the Okanagan Band's population live on one of the band's own reserves, 430 men and 379 women, with 86 people living on reserves governed by other bands (36 men, 50 women). 900 people are living off-reserve. The band's total population is 1,795.
- Duck Lake Indian Reserve No. 7, on the north shore of Ellison Lake and on the banks of Vernon Creek, 179.10 ha.
- Harris Indian Reserve No. 3, two miles southeast of Otter Lake, 64.80 ha.
- Okanagan Indian Reserve No. 1, in the Okanagan Valley between Okanagan Lake and the Salmon River, 10302 ha.
- Otter Lake Indian Reserve No. 2, at the south end of Otter Lake, nine miles north of Vernon, 25 ha.
- Priest's Valley Indian Reserve No. 6, on Vernon Creek at its mouth on the east side of Okanagan Lake, southwest of Vernon, 33.60 ha.
- Swan Lake Indian Reserve No. 4, on the north shore of Swan Lake, 32.20 ha.
Unexploded ordnance (UXO) has littered OKIB land at Madeline Lake and Goose Lake since the Boer War in 1906. Canadian soldiers were trained to fire "live mortars, grenades and other munitions, including white phosphorous". In 2014, over 70 years old live mortars were found; a clean up agreement specifies that beginning in 2015 ten band members will be trained to become UXO technicians.
On February 22, 2010 the Okanagan Indian Band began blockading Tolko Industries Ltd.'s access to the Browns Creek watershed to protest logging. The blockade is supported by the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.
- Indian and Northern Affairs Canada First Nation Detail - Registered population
- Indian and Northern Affairs Canada - Reserves/villages/Settlements Detail
- BCGNIS entry "Duck Lake Indian Reserve 7"
- BCGNIS entry "Harris Indian Reserve 3"
- BCGNIS entry "Okanagan Indian Reserve 1"
- BCGNIS entry "Otter Lake Indian Reserve 2"
- BCGNIS entry "Priest's Valley Indian Reserve 6"
- BCGNIS entry "Swan Lake 4 (Indian Reserve-Réserve indienne)"
- staff (July 19, 2015). "Band trains UXO techs". Vernon Morning Star (BC) (Black Press Inc). Retrieved 21 July 2015.
- B.C. band fights logging on site of land claim
- Union of BC Indian Chiefs Supports Okanagan Indian Band in Browns Creek Faceoff
- "Okanagan Indian Band seeks return of Kelowna Pacific Railway land". CBC.ca. July 3, 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015.