Osoyoos Indian Band
Simon meets with Chief Clarence Louie to explore how the Osoyoos Indian Band is creating new jobs and businesses for his people.
As a nationally recognized leader and advocate for Indigenous business, Chief Louie shows Simon how his Nation’s investments in their winery, resort, golf course and racetrack are creating new jobs and long-term revenue for the generations to come.
Now, the Osoyoos Indian Band is tapping into the future and has officially opened the first two publicly available EV charging stations in a First Nation community in British Columbia.
As a First Nation, you have to be economically strong—make your own money, have your own jobs, your own income, your own businesses. The economy is always the number one issue.
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Simon is an actor and filmmaker of the Squamish Nation (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw), graduated the Canadian Film Centre’s Actors Conservatory and now lives in Vancouver, BC.
Chief Clarence Louie
Recipient of the Order of Canada and inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame, Chief Clarence Louie has been a champion for the Osoyoos Indian Band for over 30 years.
Justin grew up in Osoyoos, BC and completed a post-graduate diploma in Enology and Viticulture in New Zealand. Now, Justin is the Estate Winemaker for Nk’Mip Cellars.