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Chair – First Nation Land Advisory Board

Speaker

  • Bachelor of Law, LLB, University of Victoria – 1982 Graduate
  • Business Commerce Courses – 2 years
  • Business Administration Diploma, Okanagan University College – 1975 Graduate

Chief Louie is an Okanagan business owner/operator with several successful enterprises over the past 20 years. With his wife Bernice he shares a family of three children. Louie was Chief for the Westbank First Nation Council from 1986 through 1996 returning to office in 2002 and remained Chief until 2016.

After passing the bar in 1984, Louie entered the private practice of law until becoming involved in aboriginal governance. He was subsequently appointed as the Chairman of the First Nations Lands Advisory Board and was elected as a Task Group member of the First Nations Summit where he served two terms (1986-1990). His experience led to an invitation to become involved in B.C. treaty negotiations representing the Chiefs of British Columbia.

APPOINTMENTS

Throughout his service on behalf of the First Nation, Chief Louie has been appointed to numerous boards and committees including:

  • Chairman, Peace Hills Trust, 2006
  • Chair and Board member, Audit Committee for Peace Hills Trust, present
  • Chairman of the First Nations Lands Advisory Board, 1989- present
  • Board of Governor member for UBC & UBCO, 2006-2007
  • Board member of BC Small Business Roundtable
  • National Aboriginal Economic Development Board, Director, 1996-1999
  • First Nations Finance Authority Inc., President & Director, 1995-1997
  • Member of B.C. Premier’s Advisory Council of Aboriginal Affairs, 1988-1990
  • All Nations Trust Company, Director, 1988-1991
  • Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, Director, 1986-1987
  • United Native Friendship Society, Director, 1985-1986

AWARDS

  • Honorary Doctorate, Law, Justice Institute of British Columbia, 2014
  • AFOA-Xerox Leadership Award National Category, 2013
  • Recipient of Queen Elizabeth 2nd Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2012
  • Order of Canada (OOC), 2006
  • Okanagan College Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Recipient of the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Confederation
  • President’s Award, Westbank & Dist. Chamber of Commerce
  • B.C. Academic Scholarship Award

Throughout his past terms in office as Chief of Westbank First Nation, Mr. Louie has achieved significant accomplishments including:

  • Approved the self-government agreement with Canada
  • Passed and implemented the WFN Land Code
  • Build and Operated Grizzly Wood Products
  • Completed the expansion of IR#10 water system
  • Installed IR#10 sewage system
  • Initiated the WFN Economic Development Commission
  • Revamped the WFN Administration
  • Re-introduced Okanagan Language Program in School District #23
  • Structured a long term community forest license with B.C.
  • Entered into continuing negotiations with the province on the Okanagan Lake Bridge and Westside Road interchanges

FUTURE GOALS

Chief Louie believes the future of the WFN offers exciting opportunities for growth and development of the band community. These objectives are based upon enhancing the lives of every member while raising the local and national profile of the WFN. A summary of these plans include:

  • Build Medical Centre
  • Create a formal WFN Employment Centre
  • Finalize fiscal transfer agreement with Canada to support the self-government agreement
  • Pursue land claim settlement
  • Focus on retail commercial, residential, recreational, industrial, and construction land development including the Gallagher
  • Canyon Lands
  • Re-structure the Social Development Department
  • Enhance the WFN approach to education resources
  • Institute Departments for WFN Communications, Forestry & Natural Resources
  • Re-initiate the Council Portfolio system to ensure fairness, accountability, honour and respect by Council and
  • Administration to the membership