SnPink’tn (The Penticton Indian Band) represents one of the seven communities of the Okanagan Nation. The other six communities being Upper Similkameen, Lower Similkameen, Osoyoos Indian Band, Westbank Indian Band, Okanagan Indian Band, and Upper Nicola Indian Band.
SnPink’tn (The Penticton Indian Band) is located on beautiful bench land in the southwestern portion of the Okanagan Valley. The rolling hillsides add to the beauty of the landscape and provide a number of developable bench lands. In addition, the close proximity of the community to Highway 97 and the City of Penticton add to the land value.
SnPink’tn (The Penticton Indian Band) reserve occupies more than 46,000 acres of land located in the southern portion of the Okanagan Valley within the Regional District of Similkameen (RDOS). It is the largest reserve in the Province of British Columbia. The reserve itself borders the District of Summerland to the north and City of Penticton to the east as well as Okanagan and Skaha Lakes.
SnPink’tn (The Penticton Indian Band) comprises of three reserves. Penticton IR#1 is located at the south end of Okanagan Lake. Immediately west of the City of Penticton, IR#1 comprises an area of 19,277 hectares (47,630 acres). Penticton IR#2 is located within the City of Penticton and comprises an area of 13.1 hectares (32.4 acres) in size. Penticton IR#3A is located adjacent the northwest corner of IR#1 and has an area of 146.5 hectares (362 acres).
The land has various topographic conditions including gentle hills, steep rocky cliffs, ravines and meadows. The core area is encumbered with several right-of-ways including gas lines, telephone lines, railway line, airport and the intersection of Highway 97 and Green Mountain Road.
As of December 2007, the current band population was 922, of which 501 live on reserve. Penticton’s current Chief and Council encourage off reserve members to consider moving back to the reserve. The main challenge is the provision of housing to meet the waiting list. A large new subdivision has been developed and the community hopes to enlarge this subdivision to have additional serviced lots available to meet community needs.