May 2020 quarterly WFN business e-newsletter. 
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WFN's Phased Re-opening to Public

Initial openings will be May 25 and include WFN's Health & Wellness building and Westbank Child Development Centre. Next openings will be June 1 and will include the WFN Government (Lindley) Building and Elders Hall. Future summer/fall phases will include the Youth Centre, Early Years Centre, Sncəwips  Museum, Trading Post, Sənsisyustən School and Gymnasium.
WFN’s parks/greenspaces, beaches and sports fields (Pine Stadium & Shannon Lake ballfields) are open for casual use only. Physical distancing measures remain in place, and anyone exhibiting symptoms are asked to remain home and not use public facilities. WFN’s IR 10 beach lots, skatebowl, pumptrack, multi-use sport court, playgrounds, volleyball courts, and outdoor fitness equipment remain closed at this time but are under consideration for reopening at a later date if sufficient safety measures can be implemented.  
Plans for reinstatement of cancelled programs and services are currently being developed. As well, WFN will continue to host virtual open houses and explore new ways of communicating with Members, businesses and residents. Staff are available by phone, email or appt, and many services can be found on our website.

Regional Mayors’ and WFN Chief’s Economic Recovery Task Force

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Economic Recovery Task Force was initiated by the Mayors of Kelowna, West Kelowna, Lake Country and Peachland, Chief of Westbank First Nation, as well as the Regional Board Chair, on April 15. With the first meeting set for next week, some of the focus areas will include providing communities a forum to identify economic recovery needs, positioning and advocating for anticipated stimulus funding for businesses and their employees, communicating Central Okanagan needs to other levels of government and identifying available areas for collaborative support to economic recovery. More

WFN Government Strategic Plan (2020-2022) Priorities

Culture and language: encouraging a rich and vibrant culture by maintaining a healthy connection to each other and interconnectedness with the spirit of tmxʷulaxʷ.

Traditional laws and self-government: continue the implementation of self-government while working to revitalize our traditional laws to ensure a balanced approach to governance.

Supporting members: empower all Members with skills and tools to achieve their highest potential through WFN programs and services.

Economic development: focus on sustainable and socially responsible economic development that balances community, culture, and commerce.

Addressing climate change: as syilx people we accept our responsibilities as stewards of the land and will do our part to address climate change.

Good governance: ensure a responsive, accountable, and transparent government that meets the needs of the growing WFN community.

Full plan

WFN EDC Strategic Plan (2020-2022)

The WFN EDC continues to address important issues in order to provide for sustainable economic growth. Business retention, facilitation and attraction remain a focus of the EDC, with specific objectives and guiding principles. These include providing a competitive business environment for existing businesses to flourish; engaging in activities, strategies and providing materials, to support economic growth; and attracting new business through increased awareness and visibility. Going forward, the EDC’s activities and strategies must be looked at through the lens of COVID-19, and the repercussions of which will have a significant impact on the business community for the foreseeable future. The EDC considered the impact on the 550 businesses on WFN Lands in the creation of its strategy.

Full plan

Explore your own backyard...

including WFN Public Art and open businesses!

WFN’s Sənsisyustən House of Learning wins $20,000 worth of new technology from Staples Canada's 2020 Superpower your School Contest 

The Superpower your School Contest is held annually by Staples Canada in collaboration with EcoKids and Earth Day Canada to mark Earth Month. The contest recognizes Canadian schools paving the road to solidifying youth participation in environmental protection. The program first launched in 2011 and has awarded over $2 million in technology, including laptops and STEM products, to 110 schools. Winners were chosen by a panel of volunteer organizations with interest in sustainability. More

WFN's corporate office, Ntityix Development Corp has moved to 102-3480 Carrington Road

COVID-19 Resources for Businesses

Guide to Re-opening your Business

BCEDA COVID19 Resources for BC Businesses

Okanagan Valley Newspaper's Business Marketing Fund

Help Chief Derickson raise $10,000 and he will shave his head for Haircuts for Healthcare!

Donate here!

WFN Advisory Council

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic WFN's April 2020 Advisory Council AGM was cancelled, but nominations & election for 3-yr (paid) terms continue (incl. 1/mth mtgs) More

Indigenous Tourism Regional Specialist

TOTA/ Indigenous Tourism BS are seeking applications for an Indigenous Tourism Specialist in order to promote awareness, connectivity, understanding and demand of Okanagan Indigenous culture tourism. Apply here. Info

WFN Employment Opportunities

Executive Assistant to the Director of Financial Services

Communications Coordinator (1 Year Term)

Financial Services Summer Student

Early Child Educator Special Needs (3 Year Term)

Language & Culture Early Childhood Educator (3 Year Term)

Payroll Specialist

Full descriptions or to apply

Property taxes & rent

WFN property taxes are due July 2 (those needing extra time have until September 30 to pay without penalty). Rent increases and evictions have been administratively deferred since April 6 until further notice, except in circumstances of health and safety, or to prevent the destruction of property.

London Drugs wants to help local small business owners sell their products

London Drugs is offering up shelf space in select stores to local small businesses who have had to close their doors due to COVID-19. Beginning April 28, small businesses in Western Canada are welcome to submit products for consideration. More

limlemt / Thank You  to Indigenous World Winery for making and donating hand sanitizer to WFN Elders. 

Restarting the Economy in the Age of COVID-19

UDI’s ‘Restarting the Economy in the Age of COVID-19’ virtual roundtable with David Bond, Retired Economist and Columnist, May 21, 1:30-2:30pm, space is limited, register (members).

WFN Directory

Main Reception
250 769 4999

Employment Coordinator
250 768 8281

Health & Wellness
250 768 0227

Youth & Education
250 768 4838

250 768 7337

250 707 3332

Public Works
250 707 0493

Law Enforcement
250 717 6147

778 755 2787
Full Directory
WFN Economic Development Commission (EDC)

Steve Fosbery, Chairperson
Jennifer Money
Kelsey McLeod
Lori Ann Swite
James Carmichael
Brianna Wilson
Lenora Posella-Holding 

View Commissioner profiles >

WFN EDC Mission: Assist & facilitate Chief & Council, and the WFN business community, to create a healthy, environmentally sustainable & dynamic economy based on values of self-reliance. 
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