Chief Clarence Louie, Osoyoos Indian Band: “Today, being a warrior means being self-supporting. Not living on welfare…”

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/decade/decade-nation-builder/clarence-louie/article1416807/

“He revolutionized how native reserves are run”…

“Chief Louie has built a thriving economy, one based not on what he calls “rocking chair money” from natural resources, but on a series of businesses that have provided permanent jobs, a sense of dignity – and profits for the band. The chief and his band have built up the successful Nk’Mip winery, the first aboriginal-owned vintner in North America, a par-72 golf course, a four-star resort and spa, and a number of other vibrant businesses. At peak tourist season, there is essentially full employment among the 450 members of the Osoyoos reserve, and federal welfare payments have dropped significantly. That alone is a remarkable achievement, given the rampant unemployment and marginal jobs on many reserves.”

Globe and Mail National Newspaper article

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