Every First Nation family has the opportunity to have a home on their own land in a strong community.
Tk’emlups Indian Band
The Kamloops Indian Band (KIB), also known as the Tk’emlups Indian Band, is one of the largest of the 17 groups into which the Secwepemc (Shuswap) Nation was divided when the Colony of British Columbia established an Indian reserve system in the 1860s.
The KIB is part of the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council, which represents ten of the seventeen Secwepemc band governments. KIB has now fulfilled a vision established 40 years ago, to pursue business endeavours within reserve lands through corporate entities and advance financial sustainability. The Band currently has approximately 1,100 members living on and off its 33,000-acre reserve. It has active language and cultural programs and its Sk'elep School of Excellence is one of the largest First Nation elementary schools in British Columbia.
The corporate entities include opportunities in the forestry, a working ranch, an industrial park of 350 tenants and its highly showcased land lease development, Sun Rivers. KIB is the first, First Nation Government to exercise its authority to tax non- Indian interests and develop business partnerships outside of reserve boundaries, as well as internal opportunities such as their KIB Utilities Corporation.
KIB is committed to providing safe, affordable, quality homes to its members by creating a self-sustaining, independent approach that allows for KIB to build, buy, rent and repair homes according to community needs and priorities. Support from the First Nations Market Housing Fund will make it easier for its members to access housing loans on reserve, to purchase and/or renovate existing homes and to build new homes.
KIB has established a unique progression that demonstrates strength in economic diversification and with their willingness to enter into relationships and partnership has lead to secure well-being for their people.
“The Market Housing Fund is an important step for our people. TIB is always looking at innovative solutions towards meeting sustainable housing for our membership.”
— Chief Shane Gottfriedson (December 2010)