July 31, 2012
Kamloops, B.C. - Representatives from the City of Kamloops, the Kamloops Airport and Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc gathered this morning at the Kamloops Airport in an unveiling ceremony for the Traditional Culture Display.
Chief Shane Gottfriedson, Mayor Peter Milobar, TteS Elder Evelyn Camille, Airport Manger Fred Legace, MLA Minister Dr. Terry Lake and City of Kamloops Council and Administration joined together for the unveiling of the art projects by local artisans Ed Jensen and Sisiaskit Jules of the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc. The displays include a traditional fishing weir and hand-carved canoe, which are now in display in the Arrivals Terminal of the airport. Sage Hill Drummers rounded out the ceremony with an honour song.
The canoe was hand-crafted by Sisiaskit Jules, and the fish weir by Ed Jensen, with the support of Alexis Alphonse of the Alkali Lake First Nations, Travis Saul of the Simpcw First Nations, and Lance Jensen from Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc . Project coordinators John Jules and Travis Marr were also recognized with plaques for their visions and coordination of the cultural display.
This project coincides with the commemoration of Kamloops' Bicentennial, marking 200 years of shared history with the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc.
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Tammy Robertson, Manager of Business and Client Services
City of Kamloops