Chief Clarence Louie fights for self reliance on his reserve


Some First Nations are turning to very non-traditional models to make their reserves both successful and gainfully employed. Chief Clarence Louie of the Osoyoos Indian Band is shaking things up with one of the most economically successful reserves in Canada.

The reserve's vineyard was started in 1968, Louie was just eight years old. Since then, the vineyard has grown into the thriving Nk'Mip Cellars.

A tough talking Louie has a reputation for being a no-nonsense businessman who wants to see all the people on his reserve employed. And with several business owned by the reserve including a champion golf course, resort and spa, a construction company and luxury residences in nearby Oliver, it's a dream that isn't too far down the road.

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