Sunday, February 10, 2013 | Categories: Episodes
Of the many aboriginal bands across Canada, B.C.'s Osoyoos Band is at the most successful end of the economic spectrum. The band owns a resort, a golf course, even a winery. Its secret weapon: Chief Clarence Louie and his special brand of "community capitalism".
What the Idle No More protests accomplished may still be up for debate. But there is no argument that the protests have focused much-needed attention on the dreadful pockets of poverty and despair that are many of the country's aboriginal reserves.
The Osoyoos Indian Band in British Columbia is an exception. With more than a dozen businesses based on the reserve, the band reportedly pumps $40 million a year into the local economy.
Chief Louie is not only chief of the Osoyoos, he's also Chief
Executive Officer of the Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corporation. And he is serving a second term as chair of the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board.
Michael Enright talks with Chief Louie about the Idle No More movement, and about the chief's efforts to bring change to his community through economic development.