October 2020 quarterly WFN business e-newsletter. 
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Small and medium businesses create over 70% of private sector employment in Canada. 

Lim lemt to WFN's hard-working and valuable businesses!

# of WFN Business: 535 (a 500% increase since 2005)

Bldg Permit Values: $53 M /yr (a 500% increase over 2005)

Total Commercial: 1.67 M sq. ft.

New Construction: $31 M /yr (1.5% growth rate/yr)

Total Assessment: $2.2 B (58th strongest/162 BC municipalities). Market values increased total assessments a further 4.95%.

Okanagan Small Business Week Events:
OK We Got This! and Community Futures

A survey pulse of the Central Okanagan Business Community

The Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (COEDC) and its community partners want to hear from regional businesses. Businesses are encouraged to complete a short 10 minute survey. TAKE SURVEY

The 2020 Central Okanagan Business Walk Survey is open for participation until Friday October 30th, 2020.

Previous walks included volunteers from Lake Country to Peachland, including WFN, going door-to-door asking a few key questions. In support of public health best practices, the Business Walk this year includes the online survey, phone outreach and some scheduled in-person visits. If you're a WFN business interested in setting up an in-person or over the phone visit with Economic Development staff, contact

Visit Westside – Chief & Mayor welcome video

On behalf of Visit Westside, y̓lmixʷm (Chief) Derickson & Mayor Milsom provide a Welcome to the traditional lands of the sqilxʷ people. Watch video.

Greater Westside 'Key Business Awards'/KBA

Nominees/finalists for the GW Board of Trade's KBA's will be announced via zoom, October 27, 7-8:30 p.m., register. These annual awards recognize businesses and individuals on WFN or West Kelowna lands, who have achieved excellence in the community through their abilities, efforts or initiatives. In a year of COVID-19 challenges, the event will also highlight businesses and individuals contributing to response and recovery efforts.

Awards will then be presented via zoom, in the comfort of your own home, or at a local restaurant that is allowing the viewing, November 26, Awards Info/Register.

New Businesses on WFN Lands

Whiskey Jacks' 'Pins and Pints' Bowling Alley and Public House
Whether you're in the mood for dinner, drinks with friends, or a bowling game, Pins and Pints is the place for you to relax and have a good time!

Buster's Pizza & Donair
As a Canadian owned pizza chain, everything on the menu is made from top to bottom with fresh, quality ingredients. They say NO to frozen, pre-packaged food!  

Orchard City Games
Selling a variety of trading card games such as 'Magic: The Gathering', 'Pokemon', 'Hockey' and 'Yu-gi-oh', as well as boardgames, tabletop games, D&D, dice, hobby paints, miniatures and more!

Specialty Bakery & Bistro (Coming Soon!)
Freshly made handcrafted artisan rustic bread, french, ryes, healthy sourdoughs, classic whole wheat, 9-grain and white sandwich breads, gluten free options, european rolls, rye, flax, kaisers, fresh donuts, pastries, cakes, cookies, and the famous Kelownut!

Congratulations! 2020 Aboriginal Economic Development Corporation award 

July 22, 2020 Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) and Sodexo revealed Ntityix Development LP as the recipient of the 2020 Aboriginal Economic Development Corporation award.

Ntityix Development Corporation is the general partner that manages the corporate division of WFN. It exists to serve the social, cultural, and economic interests of the community.

“On behalf of the entire NDC team, the NDC Board of Directors, Chief Chris Derickson and WFN Council, we wish to thank the CCAB for this award,” said Ntityix Development Corporation CEO, Ryan Malcolm. “The CCAB AEDC Award validates the tremendous work done not just over our last fiscal year but most importantly by recognizing each WFN Member that has been involved with WFN corporate economic development over the past decades.” Full Story

Old Ferry Wharf Road Constructions Works

Continuing until November 13, 2020, Old Ferry Wharf Road is closed, except to local traffic, while the construction of a new sanitary sewer takes place. More

Road Improvements - Carrington and Butt Rd

Continuing to the end of November 2020, the Carrington Road and Butt Road intersection will be closed except to local traffic while ongoing road improvements take place.

Identified works include the completion of a roundabout at the Carrington and Butt Road intersection, implementation of sidewalk and bike lanes, improved street lighting, and utility upgrades. Expect delays including single lane, alternating traffic, at times. More

WFN's Comprehensive Community Plan

WFN has initiated the update of its 2015 CPP, which explores the management of social, cultural, economic and land use interests over the long-term, while providing direction on decision-making and priority-setting over the next five years. Contact

Canada-BC Grant helps build out access to Regional Park

Black Mountain - sntsk‘il’ntən Regional Park will become more accessible, thanks to a large infrastructure grant.

Under the Canada-BC Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan, the two senior governments will contribute almost $715,000 towards new features in the 640-hectare regional park. The Park protects cultural assets as well as a unique Okanagan grassland habitat.

“Investing in our culturally significant sntsk‘il’ntən Regional Park includes, as part of the Regional Park Management Plan, improved access, safety, and information for visitors" says y̓lmixʷm (Chief) Chris Derickson. "As stewards of the land, protecting areas of environmental and cultural significance is crucial to ensuring that these lands remain intact for future generations to visit, appreciate, and learn.”

WFN and the regional district co-manage the protected 640-hectare regional park which is a historic and geographic namesake landmark, and includes a wide variety of animals, plants and medicines along with resources for tool making found in the area. More

In nsyilxcín (in-SEALK-chin - Okanagan language), sntsk‘il’ntən (sins–te– KEEL–ten) translates to “the place where arrowheads/flint rock is found”. 

Regional Transportation Plan

The Regional Transportation Plan identifies transportation projects and priorities that will help build and maintain a healthy, thriving, sustainable, affordable and connected future for the Central Okanagan region. It's the first region-wide transportation plan for the Central Okanagan, and includes technical studies, consultation, and unprecedented collaboration across the region.

WFN's involvement with the Plan

New WFN EDC Member, Angie Derrickson

WFN would like to welcome the newest member of the EDC, Angie Derrickson. Angie is a WFN Member and works as a Manager for the First Nation Land Management Resource Centre. Prior, she helped implement WFN's Self‐Government, treaty negotiations and land code development. 

WFN would also like to thank Steve Fosbery and Lenora Posella-Holding for their time served on the Commission and the valuable insight they continue to provide. Lim lemt, Steve and Lenora!

Seeking individuals to join EDC

WFN is looking to fill one Non-Member seat, one Member seat, and one Elder seat on WFN's Economic Development Commission.

These appointments are for 3 year terms in accordance with the EDC Charter. Deadline to apply is December 7, 2020Apply

Women’s Enterprise Centre, ‘Focused Marketing’, session

Join WEC’s Skills Development Manager, Kerrilee Auger, in the ‘Build Your Business’ free webinar series. Register or view past sessions

Virtual Halloween Coffee Social

Wed October 28, 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.

Connect with new friends and other young professionals in a casual and friendly environment including prizes for best costume! The Okanagan Young Professionals (OYP) Collective is a program of the COEDC, and a hub of resources to help attract and retain talent in the region. Everyone welcome; no membership required. Register  

Regional Economic Recovery Task Force Early Indicator Reports

The Regional Economic Recovery Task Force receives direct industry input through a series of Economic Recovery Industry Roundtables hosted by the COEDC Advisory Council. Information from the Economic Recovery Industry Roundtables is reported to the Regional Economic Recovery Task Force through the Early Indicator Reports and reports from concluded roundtables are available here.

WFN Councillor Andrea Alexander appointed to Okanagan College’s Board of Governors

In addition to her new role on OC's Board of Governors, Andrea is a WFN Councillor, sits on a First Nations Policing Program panel, Okanagan Nation Alliance's Syilx Indian Residential School Committee, and is WFN's Council representative on the Sensisyusten School Board and EDC. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies from UBC Okanagan and has completed certificates in Indigenous Leadership, Management Excellence and Governance. She's also expecting her first baby in a few weeks!

Congratulations Andrea!

Congratulations to the newly elected Advisory Council

In accordance with WFN Advisory Council Law 2017-10, October 15, 2020, saw a new Advisory Council voted in for a three-year term by WFN residents. The 2020 – 2023 Advisory Council includes new representatives Steven Gilroy (Lakeridge District) and Michael Trenn (Lakeshore District), and returning representatives Ludwig Teichgraber (East Boundary District), John Cole (Prairie District) and Rick Ould (Old Okanagan District). More

Urgent and primary care centre coming to Westside

Westside communities will soon have increased access to health care as a new urgent and primary care centre (UPCC) opens in November.

The new facility, located at 2484 Main Street in Westbank, will serve an estimated 41,000 people living on WFN or West Kelowna lands, and the District of Peachland. More

WFN 2019/2020 Annual Report

Each year, WFN completes an annual report, highlighting organizational or community projects, and new initiatives. 
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WFN Employment 

WFN Directory

Main Reception
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Employment Coordinator
250 768 8281

Health & Wellness
250 768 0227

Youth & Education
250 768 4838

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Public Works
250 707 0493

Law Enforcement
250 717 6147

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

Lori Ann Swite, Chairperson
Jennifer Money
Kelsey McLeod
Angie Derrickson
James Carmichael
Brianna Wilson

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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