Anniversary of protocol agreement celebrated

The South Okanagan Similkameen Protocol Agreement two year anniversary was celebrated on July 22.

The South Okanagan Similkameen Protocol Agreement two year anniversary was celebrated on July 22 at the Okanagan Nation Alliance’s Annual General Assembly in Penticton.

The Protocol Agreement was signed by Penticton Indian Band, Osoyoos Indian Band, Lower Similkameen Indian Band and the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen on June 21, 2013.

The protocol establishes a government to government relationship to identify, consult and address common concerns and interests of importance.

The parties work together in a spirit of common respect and cooperation by recognizing and celebrating diversity, while cooperating to achieve mutual prosperity.

The South Okanagan Similkameen Protocol Agreement is an important step forward in establishing an ongoing, working relationship founded on the basis of mutual respect and understanding.

The agreement formalized the commitment to continue inter-governmental cooperation and confirms the parties’ desire to continue to live and work together harmoniously.