Westbank First Nation

The Westbank First Nation is a self-governing First Nations band in the Okanagan region of British Columbia, and is one of seven bands that comprise the Okanagan Nation Alliance. Westbank First Nation (WFN) is governed by one chief (Roxanne Lindley) and four councillors, elected every three years by WFN membership (the current term is 2016-2019). As of May, 2018, WFN's membership totaled 855 members, and employs more than 200 employees.

Westbank First Nation
Band No. 601
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Symbol
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TreatyWestbank First Nation Self-Government Agreement
HeadquartersKelowna
ProvinceBritish Columbia
Land[1]
Reserve(s)
Land area21.613 km2
Population (2019)[1]
On reserve432
Off reserve460
Total population892
Government[1]
ChiefChristopher Derrickson
Tribal Council[1]
Okanagan Nation Alliance
Website
wfn.ca

GovernmentEdit

 
Chief Roxanne Lindley

Westbank reserves were once part of the Okanagan Indian Band until they separated and became an independent band in 1963. 27 years later, in 1990, a framework agreement was entered into which allowed community-based self-government to be negotiated. On May 6, 2004, the Westbank First Nation Self-Government Act (Bill C-11) received royal assent and became law. WFN self-government officially came into force April 1, 2005.

Following the enactment of self-government, WFN members developed the Westbank First Nation constitution, which sets out how the community is governed and how it exercises its jurisdiction. Some of the other areas the constitution provides for are democratic and legitimate elections and government; internal financial management; accountability to WFN members; conflict of interest rules; law enactment procedures; land rules and referendum procedures.

Advisory CouncilEdit

In 2005, following the signing of self-government, the WFN Advisory Council was put in place. The Advisory Council is a five-member council, elected every three years by WFN residents, that meets regularly to review and make recommendations on issues that directly and significantly affect tax payers such as tax expenditures, proposed laws and proposed amendments to laws. Currently there are approximately 10,000 non-WFN member residents living on WFN lands.

Indian ReservesEdit

Westbank First Nation's land base totals 5,306 acres, separated into five land parcels. Westbank First Nation's two populated reserves border the westside of Okanagan Lake and are located adjacent to the District of West Kelowna, while the remaining three reserves are located on the east side of Okanagan Lake. Indian reserves under the jurisdiction of the Westbank First Nation are:[2]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "First Nation Detail". Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. Government of Canada. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  2. ^ Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Reserves/Villages/Settlements detail for Westbank First Nation

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