August 2019 WFN business e-newsletter. 
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Chief swkncut

On National Indigenous People’s Day this past June 21st, WFN Chief and Council unveiled a bronzed life-size statue of Chief Charlie swkncut outside the Kelowna Visitors Centre downtown. “swkncut was a hereditary Chief and my great-great-grandfather on my father’s side,” said WFN Chief Roxanne Lindley. swkncut was the syilx Okanagan chief of the village in the Mission Creek area where Pandosy settled and set up his mission (near the modern-day intersection of Benvoulin and Casorso roads). Their friendship was important because both advocated peace between syilx and white settlers. WFN donated the sculpture to the City of Kelowna (CoK), and CoK official representatives participated in the unveiling. 

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The interior salish First Nation people of the Okanagan, Shuswap and Thompson-Nicola are joining together to host the 8th annual International Indigenous Tourism Conference, Nov 13-14, at the Delta Grand in Kelowna. The conference will include celebrity emcees and keynotes, an unforgettable grand entry, the popular ‘Taste of Nations’ culinary event, and unprecedented collaboration. 750 delegates are expected and the theme of the conference is “Inspire. Transform. Unite. Accelerating Indigenous tourism growth.” Tickets are $849 until the end of August, or $949 starting September. Excellent vendor opportunities exist as well. 

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WFN Active Transportation Survey

How Walkable is Westbank? WFN is looking for feedback on its Active Transportation Plan and its active transportation corridors. Call WFN's Planning & Development at 250 769 4999 to provide your feedback or attend the Westbank Superstore (3020 Louie Dr), Wednesday, August 28, 4:00 - 6:00pm be entered to win an e-scooter!  

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Sənsisyustən $9M upgrades complete, seeking new Principal

This September, WFN will be unveiling its newly renovated and expanded jr kindergarten to grade six sənsisyustən House of Learning school. With INAC funding received last year, WFN began moving forward with enhancements to the school for a total project cost of $9M. On time and on budget, WFN is set to open the school to enrolled students on September 3rd. With modern environmental features and technology including rooftop solar and outdoor learning spaces, language and other cultural offerings, a tehcnical hub, sənsisyustən is currently accepting applications for enrollment, as well as seeking a new full time Principal. Everyone is welcome!

A public grand opening is scheduled for the afternoon of September 26.

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West Manufacturing

WFN had the honour of co-hosting Business After Hours last month in partnership with the Greater Westside Board of Trade and West Manufacturing at West Manufacturing's site off Marmot Lane, along with Houston Pizza who supplied the appetizers. This was a well-attended and engaging event! WFN very much appreciates its relationships with business and the Board of Trade. limləmt (thank-you) to all who attended.
West Manufacturing is well known for their fabricated structural steel including their popular bright yellow Enviroslip tanks for oil/gas, forestry and mining projects worldwide, as well as steel for local projects such as the safety railing of WFN’s new Westbank Child Development Centre. To learn more, contact West Manufacturing’s GM, Dave Strak, or their Sales Rep, Domenic Rampone.

BC Transit Schedules Changes on all Westside Routes

Fall is a time for change on the Kelowna Regional Transit System with new routes and route names taking effect September 1st, including schedule changes to all Westside routes, and three new routes being added. Route 97 will also see improved Sunday service and weekday evening service to the Westside. Don't forget to use the NextRide app to see where your bus is in real-time!

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WFN Hosted its 8th Annual Charity Golf Tournament, July 5

limləmt (thank-you) to all those who participated and volunteered at Two Eagles Golf Course, Jul 5th, for WFN’s 8th Annual Charity Golf Tournament. Special guests in attendance included retired NHL’ers Jordin Tootoo and Byron Dafoe. Proceeds of the past seven tournaments total $230,000, all of which has gone towards WFN youth and recreation programming, while assisting more youth to participate in organized sports and cultural activities.

WFN Economic Development Commission seats available

WFN is looking to fill both a non-Member and a youth seat on the WFN Economic Development Commission. Applications are due by August 31, 2019.

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WFN E-Services Seminar for Real Estate Agents

Join us Wednesday, September 18, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM (lunch included) at the WFN Government office (101-515 Hwy 97S) to learn how to access WFN’s e-services including public searches for gross tax and utility information. RSVP

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Benefits to Purchasing on Leasehold Land

There are many benefits to purchasing a business or residence on WFN lands. To learn more about the benefits, and the many successful commercial and residential neighbourhoods on WFN lands, call WFN’s Economic Development office, 250-769-4999, or click here

Business Walk, Oct 2

WFN’s EDC will participate in the 7th annual Business Walk, Oct 2. Coordinated by the Central Okanagan EDC in partnership with WFN, Kelowna, West Kelowna, Peachland and Lake Country, five standard questions are asked in person at 200-300 random businesses across the region in an effort to understand the current state of business. The results are tabulated and shared, and any follow-up is provided. Keep your eyes peeled the morning of Oct 2 for WFN walkers in groups of two. If you wish to request your business be specifically visited, contact

2019 WFN Retail Directory

WFN recently mailed complimentary copies of the 2019 Retail Directory to all of its businesses in an effort to promote local shopping and support of one another. Several copies were also delivered to nearby tourism offices and businesses. If you didn’t receive your copy or would like additional copies, or to make any updates, please email

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Key Business Awards

Greater Westside Board of Trade (GWBOT) will be hosting its annual Key Business Awards gala, Fri Oct 4th at Two Eagles’ Okanagan Grill & Bar. Good luck and congratulations to all those nominated including Visit Westside in the ‘Tourism and Hospitality’ category. For more info on the GWBOT’s signature gala or to purchase tickets or become a sponsor, visit

Freeport Industries

Freeport Industries is a contemporary manufactured home builder on WFN land, off Red Cloud Way. They are the proud builder of the environmentally friendly and energy efficient 2018 PNE Prize Home! Freeport finds innovative solutions to stay on the leading edge of design and production. For more info, contact President, Todd Venier.

Houston Pizza

Making their B.C. debut when they opened in WFN’s Synatan Shopping Centre last summer, Houston Pizza’s tagline ‘Real. Good. Food.’ is certainly delivering. Their menu includes dry ribs, family recipe gourmet pizza and much more. Owner Parth Patel is passionate about his customers, service, product, location and making connections with Westside businesses and residents. To have your next event catered by Houston Pizza, visit

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
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WFN Economic Development Commission (EDC)

Steve Fosbery, Chairperson
James Carmichael, Vice Chairperson
Sharon Peterson
Jennifer Money
Lori Ann Swite
Brianna Wilson
Lenora Posella-Holding

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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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