Community lifts up Indigenous food truck dream

Building on his successful bannock stand, OKIB member Shane Miller opens BannockSlap Burgers and Indian Tacos, to rave reviews.

Hip hop was blasting as Shane Miller, a member of the Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB), set up his food truck for business on Westside Road. Miller had a steady stream of customers coming to his window asking when he would be open. 

“It just took off…more and more people are coming,” he says.

When Miller was interviewed by IndigiNews about his bannock stand in June, he shared his dreams of wanting to buy a food truck by end of the summer — that dream is now a reality.

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BannockSlap Burgers and Indian Tacos is quickly growing in popularity as social media lights up with rave reviews. Photo by Kelsie Kilawna

BannockSlap Burgers and Indian Tacos, known formerly as Syilx Sensations, opened its window for business on Westside Road for the first time Labour Day weekend. Comments then quickly began to pour in.

“My daughter is in her absolute glory, loving her Indian taco! The service was amazing, he even gave her a free pop & sweet piece of bannock! 12/10 would recommend! Worth the drive,” wrote this person in the Vernon Rant and Rave Facebook group. 

“I wouldn’t be here without the community support, no better feeling than that pride from your community. I wake up every day knowing I’m going to make someone happy,” says Miller. 

Miller is open Tuesday to Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the top of Westside Road, just off Highway 97 outside of Vernon B.C. He says it’s best to keep an eye on his Facebook group for any updates.

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Shane Miller getting out his first order of the day. Photo by Kelsie Kilawna

A way up

When Miller was an infant he was taken away from his family as part of the 60’s Scoop, where the federal government mass removed Indigenous children from their families. As a result, Miller grew up with very little. 

But as an adult, Miller wanted to take charge of his life. He decided to take the road to sobriety and focus on healing. In doing so, he says he found that he wanted more out of life. He especially wanted to show his kids a better path forward.

This is what empowered him to start this business. 

“That’s my goal with my business, [that my children] see us building a business,” he says.

“Now they won’t have to fight and scrape like I did. Now I’m in a position where I can help.” 

Miller says he hopes to see others also creating more businesses from passion in the community.

“We need to see a way up for our people…I want that for our people.”

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