Public Safety

The Public Safety section is responsible for providing promotions and services to enhance community safety. The section's services include Youth Recreation and Youth Justice workers.

OKIB's RCMP Liaison Officer Cst. Kyle Camalush

Member to Members: OKIB’s new RCMP Liaison Officer spent childhood summers on the Westside

OKIB’s new RCMP Liaison Officer is Constable Kyle Camalush and he is familiar with the rhythm of life on the Westside. Cst. Camalush would firstly like to acknowledge that he will be working on the traditional territory of the Okanagan Peoples.

Cst. Camalush is originally from Vernon. “My grandparents had a cabin here on the Westside so some of my fondest memories are from here,” he said. “I was here on a regular basis, spending most of my summers on the lake and amongst the community.”

Prior to joining the RCMP, Cst. Camalush studied at Okanagan College, notably taking courses with Bill Cohen. “He really piqued my interest in the Okanagan culture, allowed for a thorough understanding of the RCMP’s history and influenced my decision to work with Indigenous Communities, looking for new ways to build connections and enhance relationships.”

Cst. Camalush will be working out of the new Public Safety Committee office located on the lower level of Head of the Lake Hall and encourages anyone to stop for coffee and say hello. Cst. Camalush will be available throughout the community and will regularly be at the Public Safety building on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Cst. Camalush has said that he’s here to “learn and listen”, encouraging community members to reach out when it works for them.

Cst. Camalush encourages anyone to send him a message at [email protected].

Please give a big OKIB welcome to Cst. Camalush if you see him.

Click here to read the entire bio of Cst. Kyle Camalush.

Comprehensive Safety Strategy Survey

The Okanagan Indian Band recognizes the importance of promoting healing and education to our children, youth, and their families who have been impacted by trauma and/or crime. We invite all Okanagan Indian Band members on and off reserve to participate in development of the Comprehensive Safety Strategy. To that end, today we launched the Comprehensive Safety Strategy survey, which all members can take here:

OKIB endeavors to develop a Comprehensive Safety Strategy using a strength-based approach, which includes:

  • Identification of barriers and gaps
  • Provides individualized community solutions
  • Increased partnerships
  • Strengthen inter-agency collaboration

The strategy focuses on:

  • Youth violence prevention
  • Community mobilization framework
  • Direct interventions that use a client-centered strength-based approach
  • Sustainability of programs, services and partnerships.

Specific objectives over the next five years include:

  • Development of a communications strategy to engage youth, elders/knowledge keepers, community etc. into bringing their voices to this Comprehensive Safety Strategy.

We will achieve these goals by:

  • Identifying barriers and gaps to providing individualized and community solutions
  • Increasing partnerships to strengthen inter-agency collaboration and information sharing – subject matter leading experts within their fields
  • Direct services to membership including education, workshops, access to supports that help raise public awareness on issues relevant to community etc.
  • Development of a safety campaign that will be led by youth
  • Sustainability of programs, services, and partnerships that include culture, language and sense of belonging/connection.

Jami Tonasket and Mike Ochoa will work collaboratively to support the development of a Community Comprehensive Safety Strategy. The objective is to develop a framework, or model of change that is community-driven and a “living model” that can be adaptive to change.

We will work towards increasing awareness for parents and family members of programs and services and help for their young people, increase openness, and discussions about challenges in the community, and strengths that exist in the community to build upon.

The targeted action items include; regular community engagements, clarifying roles and timelines, setting priorities collectively, grounded plans, and processes in culture.

The Government of Canada announced funding for Okanagan Indian Band to support a five-year Comprehensive Safety Strategy, which was confirmed in February 2020.

For further information please contact:

Jami Tonasket
Community Safety Coordinator
Phone: 236-599-3019
Cell: 250-540-9037
Email: [email protected]

Mike Ochoa
Youth Justice Worker
Phone: 236-599-0025
Cell: 250-309-0353
Email: [email protected]

About the Comprehensive Safety Strategy Project

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Resumption of Ordinary Court Operations

The Provincial Court of British Columbia recognizes that the Province is still impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chief Public Health Officers of Canada and the Province still require people to keep a safe distance from each other, but currently there can be a cautious reopening of public places with health and safety protocols in place to minimize the transmission of the virus. Taking this into account, the Provincial Court has developed the plan set out in this Notice to resume further court operations.

Read the entire document here.

OKIB Youth Council

Deadline to apply has been extended to September 1, 2020

Calling all youth ages 14 to 25. The Okanagan Indian Band invites you to apply to the Okanagan Youth Leadership Council! Please read about the Youth Council and fill out the application form. It's a great way to develop leadership skills for the future.

Self-management Resources for Community Members

Follow this link to see a list of free resources that you can use to learn, support and self-manage mild to moderate mental health concerns. Information regarding the programs is taken directly from their websites and is in their words, wherever possible.

Okanagan Quick Links

Community Safety Information

Click here to read some tips on keeping your home, family and the community safe.

Educational Institutes

Okanagan College
UBC Okanagan
En’owkin Centre
School District #22
School District #23
School District #83
Open Door Education Centre
Alternate Schools Programs & Services

Community Supports

BC 211
North Okanagan Friendship Centre
Ki low Naw Friendship Society
Ookanakane Friendship Centre
Okanagan Training and Development Council
Native Courtworker Vernon
Restorative Justice North Okanagan
Vernon Native Housing
Social Planning Council for the North Okanagan

Wellness Supports

First Nation Treatment Centres in BC


The Bridges Withdrawal Management Services
Phoenix Centre Detox
Kuu-us Crisis Line Society
Archway Society for Domestic Peace
Hope Outreach
Cammy LaFleur Street Outreach Program
Turning Points Collaborative Society
North Okanagan Youth & Family Services Society
First Nation Health Authority
BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre
Health Link BC – Women’s Health Topics
Kelty Mental Health Resource – BC Children’s Hospital


BC Transit Vernon
BC Transit Kelowna
BC Transit Penticton
Handy-dart Vernon