OKANAGAN NATION ALLIANCE
The Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) will be realizing its 31st year of existence since its inception in 1980. ONA is one of 81 known Tribal Councils in Canada that currently operates within the parameters of the 1984 Cabinet approved policy that established the principles and the conditions for funding Tribal Councils. For the purpose of the policy, Tribal Councils are institutions established as “a grouping of bands with common interests who voluntarily join together to provide advisory and/or program services to member bands.” ONA predated the Tribal Council policy.
ONA Administration has grown from humble beginnings into a well recognized and credible organization in the effective service delivery of a wide range of enhanced services for member Okanagan Nations despite the prevailing deficient government funding formula.
The ONA mandate is to work collectively to advance and assert Okanagan Nation Title and Rights over the Okanagan Nation Territory.
The ONA operates 5 Main Departments:
- 1. Operations Management
To provide executive oversight, planning and coordination and operation support
To support a holistic approach to Health & Social Development which will promote self-sufficiency Okanagan Nation communities by integrating our traditional and cultural approaches to community wellness
3. Natural Resources
The Okanagan Nation has the inherent jurisdiction to manage the lands and resources within its territory. The Okanagan Nation will be able to conserve, manage, co-manage and where appropriate develop the natural resources of the lands and waters of the nations’ reserves and traditional territories. In doing so, the nation will be true to its spiritual and environmental values, mindful of the economic and social needs and aspiration of its individual bands, and strong in its assertion of the nation’s rights and title to its entire area of traditional occupancy and use.
4. Fisheries and Aquatics
To conserve, protect and restore indigenous fisheries and aquatic resources
5. Policy & Business Development