Okanagan Indian Band Group of Companies


Duck Lake Land Designation Update

With the change to the Land Designation Vote confirmed for January 28, 2021, we have moved the next information session to January 6, 2021.

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New Information Packages from ISC

The new information packages from ISC have been updated and will be mailed to members in the coming weeks. If you did not receive the first information package, please contact the membership coordinator to ensure your address is up to date:

E: [email protected]
T: (236) 600-0162 ext. 2007

In the meantime, here are the updated documents:


New Information Packages Coming From ISC

November 27, 2020

Dear Members,

Earlier this month, as we started the communication process of the designation, incomplete information packages were sent out by mail to Band members. Indigenous Services Canada acknowledges and apologizes for this error.

In communication with Chief and Council we think it is best to push out the designation date to ensure new information packages can be sent out and all members have time to review and ask questions.

Chief and Council has requested a new vote date for January 28, 2021. ISC has approved this date and is working on implementing. Please watch for documentation from us and ISC.

Please join us on January 6 at 5:30 p.m. for the next virtual information session:

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/96546703354

We will walk through an overview of the designation and some exciting plans for the future.

We look forward to seeing you online on January 6.


Letter of Apology from ISC

Letter From Isc

Duck Lake Land Designation Vote

The Okanagan Indian Band, coordinated through OKIB Management Services, will be holding a referendum to commercially designate 52 acres on the Duck Lake reserve for new economic leasing purposes.

Designated Lands are lands the members of the Okanagan Indian Band have agreed to lease for economic development purposes as set out in the designation, they can be used for things like commercial, agricultural, recreational, or other purposes which are voted on by the members according to the rules of the Indian Referendum Regulation. It is important to note that designated lands remain reserve lands.

A passing of the new designation would mean economic development opportunities with certain types of businesses. For greater clarity here is a list of what the land can and cannot be used for:

The lands can be used for:

  • animal clinic
  • auctioneering establishments
  • autobody repair and paint shops
  • automotive recreation vehicle services
  • brewing or distilling
  • bulk fuel depots
  • business support services
  • call centres
  • cannabis cultivation, processing and dispensary facilities
  • car washes
  • commercial storage
  • concrete plants
  • contractor services
  • crematorium
  • custom indoor manufacturing
  • drive-through vehicle services
  • educational or training facilities
  • equipment rental, sales and repair shops
  • emergency and protective services
  • financial services
  • fleet services
  • food primary establishments
  • funeral services
  • gas bars
  • yard scape and aggregate supply
  • government agencies
  • high technology research and product design
  • hostels and hotels
  • household repair services
  • industrial processing
  • kennels
  • lumber yards and facilities
  • manufacturing and repair shops
  • nurseries and greenhouses
  • offices, construction and development industry
  • outdoor storage
  • participant recreation services, indoor
  • recycling depots, plants and materials drop-off centres
  • restaurants
  • retail stores
  • service stations
  • storage facilities and yard space
  • temporary shelter services,
  • truck and mobile home sales/rentals
  • utility services
  • vehicle and equipment services, industrial and agricultural
  • warehouse facilities and sales, and
  • wrecking yards.

The lands cannot be used for:

  • a slaughterhouse
  • storage of toxic chemicals
  • a chemical treatment plant
  • a waste disposal facility
  • a bulk fuel refinery.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can vote?

In accordance with the Indian Referendum Regulations an individual is eligible to vote in a designation vote if they are a member of the OKIB, is a least 18 years of age and not disqualified from voting in the election.

What determines a successful vote?

A designation vote is successful if a majority of those who participate in the vote, vote in favor of the designation (simple majority) regardless of the number of persons eligible to vote in the referendum. That is, 50% plus one of those who participate must cast a ballot in favour of the designation.

What happens after a successful vote?

Following a successful designation vote, the OKIB will submit a Band Council Resolution requesting that the Minister accept the designation. Indigenous Services Canada Regional Staff will prepare a Ministerial Order submission for the Minister’s consideration. The Lands cannot be leased until such time as the designation has been accepted by the Minister.

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