photo credit: Shayd Johnson

OSOYOOS INDIAN BAND TRADITIONAL TERRITORY – Osoyoos Indian Band members headed to the polls on Thursday February 22, 2019, to vote for the Chief and five councillors who will lead the band’s political, economic and social agenda for the next two years.

Chief Clarence Louie was re-elected.  Recipient of the Order of Canada in 2017 and two years later, inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame, Chief Clarence Louie has been consistent in his message about promoting the Osoyoos Indian Band’s working culture.

“I’d like to thank my community for putting their trust in me and their elected Council,” said Chief Louie.  “Success never sleeps.  It takes an everyday commitment to hard work, but it also takes the determination to keep pushing and innovating.”

The Chief released his team’s new corporate plans this past summer which has Canada’s most successful indigenous entrepreneurs intent on becoming a major global player in their use of technology and digital to achieve self-reliance, to improve the lives of youth, and to preserve their culture.

“OIB have hundreds of acres of commercial and agricultural lands available to lease.  Cannabis, film and tv, real estate, active senior living and hotels are specific industries already showing interest in what we have to offer.  Global markets know that we have a reputation for getting things done and for providing the right business conditions to succeed.”

Chief Louie reminds that it’s not just about business.  Businesses, social and health services teams work side-by-side to invest millions in making sure their people have access to quality community programs and services.

Seasoned Councillors Veronica McGinnis, Sammy Jo Louie, and Leona Baptiste won their re-elections and remain on council.

“There’s always so many important decisions to be made, but I think it’s important to stop and acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our governance council, especially those who are moving on to new opportunities.” added Chief Louie.

Newly elected were Justin Hall and Nathan McGinnis.