This page is OKIB's official source of information for members regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Please bookmark this page and check back daily for updates.


Good Food Box and Easter hamper pick up happens April 8, 9

April 7, 2020 - Members, great news today as the Good Food Boxes for Elders and those requiring assistance will be available for pick-up tomorrow (one per household please):

  • Good Food Box pick-up at New Horizons on Wednesday, April 8, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Plus, this Thursday for one time only we will have Easter hampers available for members (one per household please):

  • Easter hamper pick-up at New Horizons on Thursday, April 9, from 1 to 4 p.m.

This is a one-time only distribution to help everyone enjoy the Easter weekend during this difficult time.

There will be signs at New Horizons telling you where to stop. Simply pop your trunk or hatch and we will load it for you.


Large quantities of food arriving

April 6, 2020 - Members, staff are working around the clock on sourcing more food for our food boxes for this week. Food hampers will be available for pick-up Wednesday and Thursday this week. More details to follow.


OKIB Hot Meals program ramping up

April 5, 2020 - Watch as Chief Byron Louis on behalf of Council delivers the good news about the hot meal program for Elders and those requiring assistance. The meals are delivered twice per week by the home care aides with about 100 meals currently being delivered weekly. The program will continue until things return to normal.

Chief and Council remind everyone that we have to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to do that we need to isolate; to practice good hygiene; to practice social distancing; and to avoid close physical contact with Elders.



Chief Byron Louis provides an update on the good food box program

April 4, 2020 - Members, watch as Chief Byron Louis on behalf of Council provides an update on the good food box program.

If you know someone who needs a good food box delivery please contact Rosalie at 250-306-1756.

The good food box program is ramping up as we source produce and goods from reliable suppliers. The boxes will be filled with more food as it arrives.



Accessing financial benefits and support during the COVID-19 outbreak

April 2, 2020 - This fact sheet from the Government of Canada contains information for Indigenous communities, including descriptions about the program changes and links to apply. Read the fact sheet titled Accessing financial benefits and support during the COVID-19 outbreak.


What to do if you have symptoms

March 23, 2020, Today the Okanagan Indian Band Health Department issued a bulletin for all members about what to do if you have symptoms.

If you have any of these symptoms:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Flu-like feelings
  • Trouble with your breathing

You are required to do the following:

  1. Self-isolate immediately (stay home and away from others).
  2. Use the online COVID-19 Symptom Self-assessment Tool or call 8-1-1.
  3. Call the OKIB Nurses Hotline Number at 250-241-7595 to let the OKIB Nurses know that you or your family are self-isolating.

IT IS VITAL THAT ALL COMMUNITY MEMBERS FOLLOW THESE STEPS.

IF EVERYONE FOLLOWS THESE STEPS WE CAN REDUCE THE RISK OF COVID-19 TO OUR COMMUNITY.

OUR COMMUNITY’S HEALTH AND WELLNESS DEPENDS ON IT.


Previous communications from OKIB about the pandemic


Resources for reliable and current information

Follow these links for up-to-date information from reliable sources.

BC Centre for Disease Control:

BC Ministry of Health:

Government of Canada:

HealthLink BC:

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC):