News from Kamloops

July 27, 2012

Countdown to 2012 Bicentennial Event

Kamloops, B.C. - In 1812, fur trader and explorer David Stuart built a trading post on the shore of the Thompson River. 2012 commemorates Kamloops' 200th year of shared living with the Tk'emlúps, and 200 years of community achievement and growth.

The City of Kamloops, the Kamloops Museum and Archives and the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc are excited to start counting down to the 2012 Bicentennial Event taking place on August 25th, 2012 at Riverside Park.

The day's festivities will start at 9:00 am at Riverside Park with a Pancake Breakfast provided by the Paddlewheelers Lions Club. Following the breakfast, festivities and activities will commence at 10:00 am and continue throughout the day until 4:00 pm. Attractions include local artisan displays, multicultural and educational booths, performers, face painting and more! Re-enactors will have a traditional encampment set up as part of the tribute to our shared 200 years of history. There will be multiple food booths and refreshments available.

At approximately 1:00 pm, Mayor Peter Milobar will arrive by canoe on the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc lands for a ceremonial meeting with Chief Shane Gottfriedson, which will be broadcast at Riverside Park as part of a program produced by CFJC TV. The Mayor and Chief will then travel together in a voyageur canoe, accompanied by members of both councils, down the South Thompson River to Riverside Park. Once arriving at the park at approximately 2:00 pm, there will be another ceremony, complete with drummers, dancers, ceremonial tree planting and unveiling of the 2012 Commemorative Plaque.

This family-friendly event promises to be the highlight of the summer, so be sure to bring out the whole family to take in the multitude of activities.

- 30 -

Media Contact:
Elisabeth Duckworth, Museum Supervisor
Kamloops Museum & Archives, City of Kamloops