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The Osoyoos Indian Band
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This is a drawing of animals wearing clothing by a student at the Inkameep Day School.
Inkameep Day School drawing of animals. Osoyoos Museum.
Inkameep Day School

In the early part of the twentieth century the history of education within the Osoyoos Indian Band was marked by the particular success of children who attended the Inkameep Day School under the tutelage of Anthony Walsh. Chief Baptiste had the day school built to educate the children in their community rather than attend residential schools in Cranbrook and Kamloops. Mr. Walsh is credited with initiating an innovative art program at Inkameep that encouraged students to draw on their experiences and knowledge as Okanagan children. Between 1932 and 1942, Inkameep students enjoyed widespread acclaim and won awards for their artistic and dramatic accomplishments.

Our Economy and Businesses

Understanding the complexity of modern business, the leadership of the Osoyoos Indian Band has established the Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corporation to provide direction and stability to its businesses. Using a governance model that combines the elected authority of the Chief and Council, community members and non-band businesses advisors, the band owns and operates eight separate businesses that range from tourism to construction. The Osoyoos Indian Band's business model is based on the principles of self-sufficiency and accountability. The motto of the OIBDC states: "We are in business to preserve our past by strengthening our future."

Chief Clarence Louie (L) and advisor. Nk'Mip Desert and Heritage Centre, Osoyoos.
This is a photograph of Chief Clarence Louie on the left with an advisor.
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