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31st January 2012
Irene Paterson

As a result of requests from Quatsino members and cooperation between Quatsino First Nation and Quatsino Economic Development Limited Partnership we are happy to announce that Chief Clarence Louie will make a presentation at the Quattishe Hall on February 16th, 2012 at 7 pm.
Chief Clarence requested that we come up with general topics for his presentation. Through discussion the following have been suggested -
1) How did the economic development at the Osoyoos Indian Band make the change from politically driven to a business model and how long did it take?
2) Funded versus self generated money.
3) The Chief’s position in economic development – why is it important?
4) Band members – reports to and input from on business profits and royalties.
5) How to build capacity in the community.
6) How are negotiations for IBA’s managed? Where is the line drawn between the political and the financial negotiations?

Clarence Louie was elected as Chief of the Osoyoos Indian Band in 1985. Since then, Chief Louie has worked to improve his community's standard of living. Under his leadership, the Osoyoos Indian Band was incorporated and now owns and operates several businesses, such as a golf course, a construction company and retail stores. The band has also created the first Aboriginal winery in North America. The Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corporation employs hundreds of people. The Chief and his council have also established the Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre to promote and preserve Okanagan language and culture. Chief Louie has also taken part in successful settlement agreements of specific land claims, resulting in the acquisition of hundreds of acres of land to add to the reserve.
Chief Louie has received numerous awards, including the Economic Developer of the Year Award from the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers, the Inspirational Leadership Award from Aboriginal Tourism B.C., and the Business and Commerce Award from the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation. He is also a recipient of the Order of British Columbia.

We would love to see members of local First Nation’s take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. Please pass the message along.