In 2011, Williams Lake Indian Band received a $20,000 grant from Northern Development through the Marketing Initiatives program towards this $145,000 project. This has been a funding partnership of Williams Lake Indian Band, Northern Development, and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
2012-The T’exelcemc (Williams Lake Indian Band) are members of the Secwepemc Nation. Secwepemc lands extend from Shuswap Lake in the south to Quesnel Lake in the north and from Columbia-Kootenay Range in the east to Alexis Creek in the west. They have a strong culture that is rich in ceremonial life and traditional beliefs, much of which are centered on the abundant and beautiful lands they have inhabited for generations.
The Williams Lake Indian Band has a strong community economy with commercial and industrial businesses that provide jobs for band members and the region. The community’s land base is unique in location with approximately four hundred acres of prime commercial and industrial land along the Highway 97 Corridor, only five minutes from the City of Williams Lake.
In 2011, Northern Development provided funding support to the Williams Lake Indian Band to undertake a marketing project that would advertise the availability of commercial land for development in and around the new Coyote Rock Golf Course Development. This plan is an essential piece of a master plan for the Williams Lake area Highway 97 Corridor that was commissioned in 2005.
The development of these ‘designated lands’ is a critical next-step for the Williams Lake Indian Band’s economic development strategy as it will provide the Band with a significant tax base, employment opportunities for the residents, and the ability to offset the impact of the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic.
For more information on this project and for investment opportunity information, visit the Coyote Rock Developments website.
"Williams Lake Indian Band is grateful for the funding provided by Northern Development to support the marketing of our Highway 97 development lands. The funding will be crucial to the Band in realizing our vision for future development, increasing economic activity, and growing our tax base. We anticipate that the funding will pay significant dividends not only for Williams Lake Indian Band and its membership, but also for the Williams Lake area as a whole."Kirk Dressler, Economic Development Officer, Williams Lake Indian Band
The marketing of the development of the commercial opportunities along the Highway 97 corridor in Williams Lake will create employment and contract opportunities for members of the Band and residents within the region both during the development phase and the operational phase once companies have located to the area.
The development of these lands will also have a significant effect on establishing and maintaining public/private partnerships within the region. It will create opportunities for collaboration on infrastructure with surrounding local governments and will largely complement development in the City of Williams Lake. This partnership and continued development will strengthen the Williams Lake area's status as a place to stay and do business in the central interior region of British Columbia.
Recently, the Williams Lake Indian Band marketing efforts have resulted in a significant increase in investor interests, and the Band currently has an offer from a significant tenant for a long-term prepaid lease which will be presented to the Williams Lake Indian Band Membership in early October. The Band is also contemplating partnership and joint venture opportunities with several construction and real estate development firms who are interested in collaborating on projects in the Highway 97 development area.