Okanagan Indian Band and City of Vernon

OKIB and Vernon

OKIB Chief Byron Louis (seated left) and Mayor Akbal Mund, (seated right) finalizing relationship Accord in 2018.


Unique Features of this Partnership

The Okanagan is a major tourist destination in BC, and Vernon is currently one of the only municipalities in the Okanagan that doesn’t have a developed waterfront. Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB) and City of Vernon have a unique opportunity to collaborate on land use planning and economic development of the neighbouring Sandy Beach / Kin Beach (waterfront area) in Vernon. OKIB and City of Vernon will participate in CEDI 2017 – 2020.

Areas of Collaboration – Joint CED Themes

  • Land Use Planning and Economic Development in the Sandy Beach /Kin Beach /Lakeshore Road area

  • Tourism opportunities in Polson Park and Rail Trail

  • Emergency Planning

  • Infrastructure



  • Finalized Terms of Reference (TOR) for the OKIB-Vernon Joint CEDI Working Group

  • Joint Press Release announcing the partnership (February 2018)

  • Joint Workshop to explore each community’s land use plans and jurisdiction, specifically on the waterfront area (April 2018)

  • Established a sub-committee to create a Joint Strategic Plan for Waterfront and currently working on a draft Strategic Plan (July 2018)

  • Designed and finalized Relationship Accord between OKIB and City of Vernon (August 2018)

  • Celebrated the signing of the Relationship Accord on the shores of Okanagan Lake with both OKIB and City elected councils, Elders, regional dignitaries, and community members (October 2018)

  • Joint Workshop to explore potential joint tourism initiatives (December 2018)


In the Media


Why Work Together?

“I am pleased to participate in this important initiative with Mayor Akbal Mund and his council. We recognize by working together on economic development initiatives in our traditional territory, we will have the opportunity to identify some challenges and create strategies to overcome them. The result of these efforts will strengthen our relationship and the regional economy.”

– Chief Byron Louis, OKIB


“I am confident that our common goals for local economic development will foster benefits that will extend to many other aspects of community building. The CEDI program is giving us the framework to work together to achieve strong local results.”

– Councillor Akbal Mund (former Mayor), City of Vernon


Next Steps

This partnership is on track, currently in Stage C: Decide of the Stronger Together process as they enter into the second half of their time with CEDI. Their areas of interest for the coming year, include:

  • Continuing to forward the development of the Joint Strategic Plan for Waterfront, and creating an associated work plan

  • Exploring joint tourism opportunities with Polson Park and Rail Trail

  • Continued relationship building and community engagement


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For More

Marissa Lawrence
Senior Program Officer, Cando
T: (778) 628 2180

Tanya Tourangeau
CEDI Program Coordinator, Cando
T: (780) 990–0303

Helen Patterson
CEDI Program Manager
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
T. 613-907-6320

Joshua Regnier
CEDI Project Officer
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
T. 613-907-6355