Scattered throughout the Okanagan Valley on cliffs and in caves are hundreds of drawings of animals and people known as pictographs. These are evidence of a culture that has flourished in the Okanagan Valley for thousands of years. The Osoyoos Indian Band is one of seven Okanagan Nations and NK’MIP, pronounced “in-Ka-meep”, meaning “bottomland”, is a location at the southern end of the Osoyoos Reservation.
The Osoyoos Indian Band has a strong vision for its future and for the region. NK'MIP Resort is the culmination of the Osoyoos Indian Band's goals to build a sustainable destination as a platform for sharing their history and culture with visitors, to create more respect for the unique Canadian desert environment, and to create additional employment opportunities for Band members.
Chief Clarence Louie's vision of and dedication to achieving economic self-reliance for his people is unique and has been the driving force behind the NK'MIP Resort. Their vision to create a multi-million dollar resort with golf, winery, accommodation, spa, and interpretive centre has come together through strategic partnerships and strong leadership.
Chief Louie is a strong leader for both local communities and for First Nations People across Canada. Chief Louie received the Order of Canada and has been recognized as one of the "Top 50 Canadians to Watch" by Macleans Magazine.
The Osoyoos Indian Band's land base consists of over 32,000 acres of British Columbia's most beautiful land with stunning vistas, rich agricultural lands, and some of the last large tracts of desert lands left in Canada. The Osoyoos Indian Band is a part of the Okanagan Nation, which includes 6 additional Bands in the Okanagan region. Today more than 400 band members live and work on our reserve, which includes some of the last, large tracts of desert left in Canada.
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and the Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corporation
The Osoyoos Indian Band Centre for Aboriginal Community Enterprise has been operating at the NK'MIP Resort for its second year and hundreds of attendees from First Nations, government and corporation have attended these sessions.