City of Kamloops Working with Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc to Honour Indigenous People During Virtual Canada Day

Release date: 
June 17, 2021

The City of Kamloops is working with Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc (TteS) to incorporate messaging into this year’s virtual Canada Day event that will encourage education on Indigenous culture and heritage. The in-person Canada Day event at Riverside Park was cancelled by organizers earlier this spring due to COVID-19 public health restrictions. More details on Virtual Canada Day will be released later this week.

Statement from Kukpi7 Rosanne Casimir:

TteS would like everyone to continue to acknowledge Canada Day. The best way to honour our country, and the diversity of its citizens, and in particular this year, our future generations, is to understand our real collective history. For TteS, we would like to encourage all to learn more about the colonial legacy of the residential school and the intergenerational impacts that it has had. We also want people to understand the racism and discrimination that Indigenous Peoples face daily. 

Part of what it means to be Canadian, is to recognize mistakes and learn from the past. We cannot proceed to advance as a country without continuing to come together and talk and share experiences. Take this opportunity on Canada Day to do some research, watch some Indigenous movies, listen to APTN and most importantly, in your own way, honour all the lost children of the residential schools across Canada. 

Statement from Mayor Ken Christian: 

Canada Day is an opportunity for all Canadians to recognize and learn about the multicultural landscape of this country, including the Indigenous Peoples. We encourage residents to reflect on what it means to be Canadian, how our true history has shaped the world we live in, and how we can continually progress toward reconciliation and a more inclusive community.

City Hall with orange lights and flags at half mast
Photo: Kelly Funk Photography

In honour of National Indigenous Month, the City of Kamloops will continue to light City facilities in orange and keep all flags lowered at half mast until July 2, 2021. These actions have been in place since the discovery of children’s remains at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in late May.