The City of Kamloops and Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc (TteS) signed an important document today solidifying both of their commitments to preserving and promoting Secwépemc values, including the protection of TteS's cultural heritage resources.
The Letter of Understanding (LOU) serves as a building block for a future engagement plan and cultural heritage protocol agreement.
The cultural heritage protocol agreement is expected to include:
- commitment to promote awareness and understanding of the history and culture of Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc and the City of Kamloops
- commitment to promote and enhance awareness of the cultural and heritage sites
- practices to protect cultural heritage resources and sites
- opportunities for joint initiatives
Mayor Ken Christian stated, “The City of Kamloops is proud to be signing this important document today. We have a long history with Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc on governmental matters, however, today’s commitment on understanding and protecting cultural heritage is a statement on how we will work together on preserving our shared history.”
Kúkpi7 Rosanne Casimir concurred by saying, “Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc has lived on these lands for over 10,000 years. We have a rich history of communities, villages, hunting and fishing grounds, and innumerable oral stories in this region. We are so pleased the City of Kamloops is working with us to create awareness and preservation of our cultural heritage.”
Under the LOU, the City and TteS will determine the scope, tasks, schedule, and funding to complete the engagement plan and protocol agreement.