Robert Louie - Expressing Indigeneity Through Leadership and Entrepreneurship
Robert Louie is a Canadian entrepreneur and owner/proprietor of Indigenous World Winery, Indigenous World Spirits and Kelowna West Manufactured Home Park in West Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. Robert is a former practicing lawyer and was a summer law instructor at the University of Saskatchewan. Of Salish decent, Robert served a total of 24 years as Chief of the Westbank First Nation. Robert was involved in treaty negotiations, and his leadership was critical in the negotiation of self-government for the Westbank First Nation. Robert is the Chairman of the First Nations Land Advisory Board and has been instrumental in getting First Nations into incremental self-governance. Robert is Chairman/Director of Peace Hills Trust, the largest aboriginal financial institution in Canada. He has held numerous board positions and appointments including advisor for Canada on the World Indigenous Business Forum promoting indigenous economic development and world trade, Board of Governor with the University of British Columbia, and Board Director and founding member with the Kelowna United Native Friendship Society. His many awards include Officer of the Order of Canada, Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal, Lifetime B.C. Achievement Award Aboriginal Business and most recently Honorary Fellow of Okanagan College. In this episode Robert discusses self-government, achieving success in life and business, truth and reconcilliation, ties to his culture and much more!