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Westbank First Nation

About

Located in south central British Columbia, Canada, Westbank First Nation is one of eight Okanagan Nation communities. The syilx traditional territories extend from the south central interior of B.C. to north central Washington State. The syilx people are a division of the Interior Salish, speak the nsyilxcən language, and have inhabited the valley for thousands of years.

Westbank First Nation has implemented one of the most comprehensive sets of community laws in Canada that cover the development and regulation of reserve lands. All persons residing or conducting business on reserve are subject to Westbank First Nation Laws.

Approximately 40% of WFN lands are developed and are fully serviced with cable, water, sewer and other utilities. The remaining reserves are very desirable for future economic growth as the area responds to increasing demands for development.

Through its administration, Westbank First Nation operates a number of community services including: Pine Acres Home, a residential care facility; daycare and pre-school services at Westbank Child Development Centre; a multi denominational church; and Sensisyusten House of Learning, a kindergarten to grade 6 elementary school.

There are approximately 850 Westbank First Nation Members, the majority of which reside on reserve along with 9,000 non-Member residents.