OKANAGAN NATION ALLIANCE (ONA)
The Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) was formed in 1981 as the inaugural First Nations government in the Okanagan which represents the 8 member communities including; Okanagan Indian Band, Upper Nicola Band, Westbank First Nation, Penticton Indian Band, Osoyoos Indian Band and Lower and Upper Similkameen Indian Bands and the Colville Confederated Tribes on areas of common concern. Each community is represented through the Chiefs Executive Council (CEC) by their Chief or Chairman.
The Okanagan Nation territory includes an area that extends over approximately 69,000 kilometers. The northern area of this territory scratches the area of mica Creek, just north of modern-day Revelstoke, BC, the eastern boundary between Kaslo and Kootenay Lakes. The southern boundary extends to the vicinity of Wilbur, Washington and the western border extends into the Nicola Valley.
The ONA mandate is to work collectively to advance and assert Okanagan nation Title and Rights over the Okanagan Nation Territory. This is the vision and future of the Syilx people and a fundamental strategic direction for today and the following are the CEC strategic priorities:
- Protection, preservation and enhancement of the peoples, lands and resources of the member bands of the Okanagan Nation;
- Promotion, enhancement and preservation of the Okanagan Native history, language and culture;
- Promote and create a public awareness of the Okanagan Nation Alliance concerns, position and accomplishments in the areas of political, social, economic and cultural development.
- Protection, enhancement and preservation of the environment, fish and wildlife resources located within the traditional territories of the Okanagan Nation.
The ONA operates 5 primary departments:
- Fisheries and Aquatics
- Natural Resources
The ONA Annual Reports