“The Land is our Lifeline” – Report of Potential Socio-economic Impact Pathways for the Proposed BC Hydro West Kelowna Transmission Project (2018) In collaboration with the Syilx communities of Westbank First Nation, Upper Nicola Band, and Okanagan Indian Band, The Firelight Group conducted a socio-economic study to identify community vulnerabilities that may be influenced by BC Hydro’s West Kelowna Transmission Project (WKTP), as well as to assess each community’s ability to take advantage of potential project benefits. In order to establish accurate socio-economic baselines for each of the Syilx Okanagan communities, from which potential impacts could be derived, a number of methods were used, from community meetings and focus groups to a community-led survey tailored to include community-developed priority indicators. These approaches were supported with additional secondary data, such as custom Statistics Canada data in order to compare vulnerabilities with the surrounding non-Indigenous population. The findings were analysed using Valued Components for Community Well-being (VCs), which helped position the community concerns and impact expectations in relation to the determinants of community well-being. Separate baseline socio-economic impact reports were prepared for each community, along with a shared impact pathways report that was also submitted to BC Hydro.