The WFN Constitution has made its government open and accountable, with positive effects on the real estate market. The total value of WFN countries (Indian Reserves 9 and 10 within the city of West Kelowna) increased by more than 600% after inflation from 2005 to 2019. Most of this value was created by CPs owners (now known as allowances) who lease their land for residential development, while the WFN government also leased common land for commercial projects such as shopping malls. Leases are usually 99 years or more, which gives tenants a little bit of security for a free property. Tenants who are not members of the WFN do not have the right to vote for the Chief and Council, but are consulted through an elected resident advisory council. Property taxes are set according to British Columbia standards, in agreement with the First Nations Commission. As a result, tenants are not exposed to sudden and arbitrary tax increases that have sometimes occurred on First Nation land elsewhere. Westbank First Nation is an autonomous Group of First Nations in the Okanagan region of British Columbia. Westbank First Nation (WFN) is governed by a leader (Christopher R. Derickson) and four municipal councillors elected every three years by joining the WFN (the current mandate is 2019-2022). As of May 2018, the WFN had 855 members and employs more than 200 people. Following the adoption of autonomy, WFN members developed the West Bank First Nation Constitution, which defines how the community is governed and how it exercises its jurisdiction.
Some of the other areas of the Constitution are democratic and legitimate elections and a government; Internal financial management; Accountability to WFN members; Conflict of interest rules Enforcement procedures The rules of agriculture and referendum procedures. Considered one of The most advanced groups in Canada, the Westbank First Nation (WFN) is located in one of the fastest growing territories in the province and has positioned itself to take advantage of the region`s unprecedented growth. However, the path to self-sufficiency has not always been easy. “Culture is an essential part of who we are as a people,” says Chief Louie. “In all aspects of our government operations, economic development and community programming, our culture is there to guide us and help us stay grounded.” In 1990, a framework agreement was reached for the education of community autonomy. During this process, the WFN began in 2003 to fully implement the land management jurisdiction under its own regime. After three referendums, in 2005 the First Nation`s Self-Government Act came into force, which allowed WFN to self-govern under the Canadian Constitution. The positive effects of self-management are numerous: the success of WFN is a story of progressive learning.