Investing with Okanagan Indian Band



Region:  Thompson/Okanagan

Nation:  Syilx / Sqilxw

The presently known Okanagan valley is also known as the Okanagan Indian Nations traditional territory, or as the Syeelhwh Nation, which means the people who live here. S-Ookanhkchinx or Okanagan translates to mean transport toward the head or top end. This refers to the people traveling from the head of the Okanagan Lake to where the Okanagan river meet the Columbia river. In other words Okanagan Lake and Okanagan river were the traditional transportation routes of the people and their traditional boundaries encompassed this area.

The Okanagan people were hunters and gatherers, their staple diet consisted of deer, salmon, rabbit etc… The Okanagans were also gatherers of roots, berries and various other plants. The first contact with the Okanagans was probably made in the late 1700’s through the Hudson’s Bay Company.

One of the first actual contact dates was recorded in 1805 at Fort Kamloops. The Hudson’s Bay “brigade trail” led right through the Okanagan Nation’s territory, from Fort Kamloops to Fort Colville, presently know as Colville, Washington, U.S.A. From that point the influx of European settlers was slow and yet steady, and both the Okanagan’s and Europeans worked towards a living arrangement than would satisfy both.

It was understood that Okanagan’s would continue to use their traditional hunting, fishing and gathering grounds. As settlement of the Okanagan increased, the establishment of the international border and the colony of British Columbia joining confederation, put considerable pressure on the provincial government in B.C. to designate reserves for Native people. This would allow for the settlers to formally own the lands they settled on.

Reserves were finally established in the early 1900’s. The Okanagan people opposed the establishment of the reserves without first having negotiated a treaty. Today the Okanagan people still believe that the land is theirs, as no treaty has been negotiated as yet.


Latitude: 50° 26' 36".520 N
Longitude: 119° 19' 59".617 S

The BC Economic Atlas provides an intuitive way to gain a better understanding of B.C.’s vibrant economy and diverse communities by making information available from thousands of data sources through the use of interactive maps. This information can be used for opportunity identification and business case analysis by site selectors and corporate investors.

Statistics Navigator

View facts and figures about Okanagan Indian Band, BC to help inform your investment research. Click the title to expand and display the statistics.

NOTE: Driving distances are measured using the road/ferry network starting with a key point in a community (e.g main office address).



Leading Employers

Payroll Costs

Research & Education

Transportation & Logistics


Quality of Life


Communities Nearby

Recent opportunities in the area
Caramoomel Products Inc. is a business for sale in BC.

Caramoomel Products Inc.

2105 Morrison Road, Kelowna, BC
Established Artisan Food manufacturer of spreads, jams, jelly and sauces. Using locally sourced fruits, vegetables and other ingredients. 20+ product line of natural gourmet spreads. Sales have grown rapidly over the last few years. Partnered with reliable distributors and steady client base across ... continue

Investment Property is a commercial real estate opportunity in BC.

Investment Property

3007 35 Ave, Vernon, BC, V1T 2S9
Marketed by the MCL Real Estate Group - 4,632 SQUARE FEET - 0.276 ACRES - 100% OCCUPIED BY A PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT TENANT - Lease term until April 2020. Numerous great neighbours, with some including the RCMP, BC Ambulance Service, the City of Vernon and more. Zoned C4 - Street Orientated Commercial... continue

Profitable Tire Shop is a business for sale in BC.

Profitable Tire Shop

#315-546 St. Paul Street, Kamloops, BC
Address shown is Broker address. Confidentiality Agreement needs to be signed prior to release of location. This retail tire business has been operating successfully since 2013 in the Thompson / Okanagan area of British Columbia. This tire company sells many different brand name tires including;... continue

Success Stories

View all Success Stories
Aboriginal Business and Investment Council finalized   VICTORIA - As the province attracts increased investment opportunities, the new Aboriginal Business and Investment Council is ready to help move projects forward that create jobs for families across... continue

A golden opportunity for the Stk’emlupsemc te Sewepemc Nation

Successful partnerships can strengthen communities, companies and regions. That’s certainly the case for the Stk’emlupsemc te Sewepemc Nation (SSN), which represents two member bands of the Secwepemc Nation that joined forces to pursue economic development opportunities in B.C.&rsquo... continue