December 2018 WFN business e-newsletter. 
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Happy Holidays
WFN Office Closures

Wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! WFN Offices will be closed Monday, December 24th, and will reopen Wednesday, January 2nd. The emergency after hours numbers include Utilities 250-707-3332 and Public Works 250-707-0493.

International Indigenous Tourism Conference (IITC)

Announced Oct 30, 2018, at the 7th Annual IITC in Saskatoon, the 8th Annual IITC will be held at the Delta Hotel in Kelowna for two days, November 2019. Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) along with its core partners Indigenous Tourism British Columbia (ITBC), Tourism Kelowna, Westbank First Nation, Shuswap Nation Tribal Council, Shackan Indian Band, Lower Nicola Indian Band, were chosen as the successful collective 2019 host. The conference will bring upwards of 1,000 delegates from the Canadian tourism industry, First Nations, Inuit, and Metis communities, as well as representatives from global Indigenous tourism organizations to discuss tourism, barriers, opportunities and trends across Canada and the world.  "WFN is excited to bring our Nations together and welcome guests from around the world to kiʔlawnaʔ (kelowna) to experience our cultural uniqueness and hear the captikʷəɬ (stories) of our people,” says WFN Councillor Fernanda Alexander.

Paint the Town Red to Celebrate Rogers Hometown Hockey Festival!

WFN & West Kelowna are part of this year’s Rogers Hometown Hockey tour and will celebrate all things hockey with a two day festival January 19 & 20 at the Mt Boucherie Community Ctr. We are calling on all Westside residents and businesses to help our communities ‘Paint the Town Red’ for the month of January. Light up your office, decorate your windows, or dress up your car to show your excitement for this hockey celebration! Bring the family, meet Ron MacLean, Tara Sloan and NHL alumni. Enjoy live music, games and more. It’s all free and local footage will form part of the Arizona Coyotes/Toronto Maple Leafs Jan 20 game footage.

Santa Bus

Hop on board the 16th Annual Santa Bus, Dec 9-15, brought to you by BC Transit in partnership with WFN and neighbouring communities. A collection of food, toys and money will be donated to the Salvation Army’s Christmas Hamper. Schedule includes a stop at WFN’s Sensisyusten elementary school, Dec 11 at 9am, and Canadian Tire on WFN lands, 3:30-4:45pm on Dec 15.

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Okanagan Travel Survey

If you received an Okanagan Travel Survey by mail, please complete this important survey by December 18!

Transportation is a top issue for the Okanagan and this statistically significant and confidential survey, conducted every five years, provides important data for transportation planning. It includes future improvements to roads, infrastructure, walking and biking facilities, as well as transit service.

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Aboriginal Veterans Day

Nov 8, WFN honoured National Aboriginal Veterans Day, while also helping the B.C. Dragoons unveil the name of one of their new tactical armoured patrol vehicles bearing the nsyilxcən translation of the name. The tradition has evolved with every armoured vehicle, whether in service or a monument, bearing a name representing honour, purpose and achievement that can endure through history. The vehicle was formally named Dragoon which in English means a cavalry man, and in nsyilxcən means a soldier who rides a horse. More than 7,000 Indigenous members served during the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War, as well as an unknown number of Inuit, Metis and other Indigenous people. The inaugural National Aboriginal Veterans Day took place in 1994 in Winnipeg and has spread across Canada.

sensisyusten House of Learning Renovation & Expansion

WFN’s sənsisyustən House of Learning elementary school is currently undergoing a major $9M renovation and expansion, through support of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada and WFN Membership. Construction is expected to be complete by Fall 2019. Trade opportunities are available through Greyback Construction.

More info on project
More info on sensisyusten House of Learning

2018 Okanagan Economic Profile

In an effort to keep the public and business community informed on the economy of the region, The COEDC commissioned a 2018 Central Okanagan Economic Profile and 5 Sector Profiles: Agriculture / Viticulture, Animation / Film / Digital Media, Healthcare, Information & Communications Technology (ICT) and Manufacturing / Aerospace.

The 2018 Central Okanagan Economic Profile provides a comprehensive overview of the economic ecosystem of the Central Okanagan. Covering socio-economic and essential business information about the Region as a whole as well as highlighting each of the seven member communities, including WFN.

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FutureBiz Penticton: ​2019 Economic Outlook Forum  
WFN attended Penticton’s FutureBiz: ​2019 Economic Outlook, Nov 8, which focused on ways businesses are being impacted by economic, demographic, and development trends, and where opportunities and changes are coming.

Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO)
WFN attended the 25th Annual CANDO Conference & AGM October 22 - 25, 2018 at the River Cree Resort - Enoch, Alberta. Highlights included Women in Business, Annual National Youth Panel, and discussions on Cannabis legislation.
TOTA AGM & Summit
WFN participated in the TOTA AGM & Summit, Nov 13-14 at the Spirit Ridge Nk’Mip Resort where the focus was on sustainability. A highlight included hearing from the CEO of Okanagan Indian Band’s Corporate explaining how they started and the process to get to where they are now including operating the Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre, campground, RV park, cellars, resort, conference centre, golf course, business park, gas & convenience store, and more.


4th Annual Light Up

Held by the City of West Kelowna, Fri Dec 7, 5-8pm, on Brown Road, including free hot drinks, activity stations for the whole family, a bazaar, live music, Santa Claus, Our Lady of Lourdes Children’s Choir, and at 6 p.m. Brown Road will come alive with lights followed by a live performance at 7 p.m. by Celtic band Cod Gone Wild.

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WFN EDC Vacancy

WFN is requesting letters of interest for appointment to the EDC in the position of WFN Member, for a 3 year term.

Apply now!

Board seats

WFN’s Corporate arm, Ntityix Development Corporation, is looking to fill two Board of Director positions.

Apply now!

Limləmt (thank-you), Nelson Derickson

WFN, Council and EDC thanks Nelson Derickson for his successful completion of two three-year terms as Commissioner on WFN’s Economic Development Commission, including as Chairperson for the past 4.5 years! Nelson has forged strong EDC relationships and connections with the Greater Westside Board of Trade, City of West Kelowna, and several businesses on and off WFN lands, including WFN’s Corporate arm, Ntityix Development, where Nelson works full-time as their Business Development Officer. The Commission values and appreciates Nelson's leadership and dedication.

WFN Employment

Employment Opportunities at WFN currently include an HR Advisor, Property Administrator, Water & Wastewater Operator II, Building Inspector, and more.

Apply now!

International hiring, foreign workers

The Government of Canada, Work BC, the COEDC, and WFN all work together to provide international hiring of foreign worker and talent attraction programs or services to interested and growing businesses. To learn more about the Skilled Worker or Provincial Nominee Programs, contact Heather Michaud, BC Outreach Officer, at 604-699-0627 or

BC Transit Route Modifications, survey

BC Transit is looking at modifying both the #28 Smith Creek route and #24 Shannon Lake route. If either of these routes impact you, provide your feedback. Survey closes Dec 7.

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Transit holiday service changes 
BC Transit will follow a typical Sunday schedule for Dec 25 & 26, & Jan 1.


Merry Mixer Business After Hours,
Thurs, Dec 6, 5-7pm
Eat, Drink, and be MERRY!
In partnership with the Kelowna Chamber, enjoy delectable appies, bevvies, and interactive fun and games provided by, and hosted at, Boyd Autobody on Byland Road.

GWBOT’s AGM is Jan 15.


Accelerate Okanagan released a fall report showing the Okanagan's technology sector is growing fast.

Check out Co Lab’s Trep Cafe’s Tuesdays, a regular and informal meeting for entrepreneurs, startups, and small business owners. These 1-hour weekly sessions are packed with opportunities to connect, share knowledge, and discuss exciting new ventures.

Kristy Jean, WFN Economic Development & Communications Officer

Kristy is responsible for attracting and encouraging new, expanding and diversified business to Westbank First Nation. Maintaining an inventory of available property, including retail and open land, Kristy helps match businesses to available space, while also promoting current businesses to potential new customers. If you’re interested in acquiring new customers, selling additional products or services, identifying supply chain gaps, or possible new or larger locations, contact or 250-769-4999.

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)

Nelson Derickson, Chairperson
James Carmichael, Vice Chairperson
Sharon Peterson
Steve Fosbery
Lori Ann Swite
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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