Territorial Stewardship

The Territorial Stewardship Department of the Okanagan Indian Band in general is responsible for Aboriginal Rights, Title and Claims, the Cultural Research Program, GIS Mapping/Information Management, Forestry Stewardship, Fisheries & Watershed Stewardship.

Vision Statement

We take care of the land, the land takes care of us

Mission Statement

To manage, protect and enhance the Natural Environment and Cultural Heritage[1]

[1] “Cultural heritage does not end at monuments and collections of objects. It also includes traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts.” http://www.unesco.org/culture/…

OKIB Culture & Heritage Policy

OKIB Chief and Council approved the OKIB Heritage Policy at the March 20, 2023 Band Council meeting. You can read the policy by following this link:

OKIB Culture and Heritage Policy

OKIB Cultural Knowledge-Sharing & Information Management Capacity-Building Project

Bessette Creek Bank Restoration