Okanagan Indian Band and City of Vernon to Sign Historic Relationship Accord

The Okanagan Indian Band and the City of Vernon Councils are inviting the community to join them as they sign a Relationship Accord. The two communities began a process in 2017 intended to facilitate stronger relationships through joint economic development and land use planning initiatives on traditional Syilx/Okanagan territory.

Okanagan Indian Band and the City of Vernon are one of 9 partnerships that were selected in Canada to participate in the Community Economic Development Initiative. The program provides the respective Councils with additional capacity to reach common goals and realize a joint vision. The resources provided by the CEDI program assist in facilitating priorities set out in bi-annual workshops in order to achieve joint community economic development success.

At the bi-annual workshops, elected officials and senior staff representing both communities have learned about each other’s history, culture, governance structures and economic development priorities. These discussions have strengthened relationships as neighbours and provided a foundation for future partnerships through respectful communication.

The Band and City Councils have agreed on priorities for the communities, which include joint land use planning, infrastructure and tourism opportunities. These initiatives are part of a long-term plan intended to maximize the benefit of participating in the CEDI program. These steps are essential in creating a successful environment to enable joint economic development initiatives to be realized.

The ceremonial signing of the Relationship Accord recognizes the social, cultural and economic ties that exist between the communities. The document provides a vision that celebrates the communities’ collective knowledge with a goal to build a better future for our children and generations to follow.

The public is invited to witness the signing of the accord on Saturday, October 13th at 10 a.m. on the shores of Kin/Sandy Beach on Tronson Road/Lakeshore Road.