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Okanagan Indian Band Call For Expressions of Interest from Indigenous Artists
The Okanagan people call themselves Sqilxw, which means “dream in a spiral.” The name reflects the importance Okanagan people place on the concept of unity. Members of the Okanagan Indian Band are also referred to as Inkumupulux (head of the lake) in reference to both the people and the territory where they have always lived.
A goal of the Okanagan Indian Band is to increase the number of members residing on their traditional, ancestral and unceded territory, located on the shores of Okanagan Lake near Vernon, B.C. In support of this goal, the Band is developing 16 additional units of affordable rental housing for band members including elders, couples, and small families.
The sixteen units are being developed on two sites on Reserve #1; one site is at the Head of Lake and the other site is in the Pebble Park community. Both sites will have two, 2 storey four-plexes. This project is being developed through a funding partnership with BC Housing and CMHC.
In keeping with the Okanagan Indian Band’s aspirations for language and culture revitalization, we are seeking an Indigenous artist from the Okanagan Nation to supply and install original artwork at the properties to celebrate and commemorate this new affordable housing.
For additional information and to submit a proposal, please read the Expression of Interest.
BC Housing Community Housing Fund
A public announcement by OKIB and BC Housing regarding a new housing project will be made in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out these architectural renderings of what the new 4-plexes might look like.