The City of Kamloops occupies land that, since time immemorial, has been a place of great cultural and economic importance in our region. The City acknowledges that we are located on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc (TteS) territory, situated within the unceded ancestral lands of the Secwépemc Nation. We honour and respect the people, the territory, and the land that houses our community.
The Kamloops Reserve 1 is located northeast of the intersection of the North Thompson and South Thompson Rivers, adjacent to the city, independent but part of our broader community. Maintaining and enriching a relationship of mutual respect, growth, and vitality with the TteS government and people while honoring their relationship to the land throughout this region is a high priority for the City.
In recent years, the TteS community and the City have developed a new approach to relationship building and reconciliation. The development started with a series of Community to Community Forums, which began over a decade ago and helped the Kamloops community recognize TteS culture, values, and history through agreements, physical projects, and plans. The pathway our communities have forged has branched in several directions and includes collaboration on projects ranging from transit service to park trails and joint working groups.
The 2019–2022 Kamloops City Council Strategic Plan includes direction to strengthen relationships with Indigenous communities. This direction reflects the City’s priority to improve its relationship with TteS and is an example of how collaboration has continued through changes in elected leaders from both communities.
In 2019, the relationship between TteS and the City was featured in a Pathways to Collaboration case study developed by the Union of BC Municipalities, the Province of British Columbia, and the First Nations Summit.
“The TteS and CoK are agents of change, engaging in initiatives that provide opportunities for both communities to work side by side for the betterment of community. They are breaking down barriers of implicit bias and enhancing awareness of the history, culture and legislative limitations of First Nations Communities. These initiatives are imperative and can stand as models for other communities of how to increase knowledge and understanding that will contribute to achieving outcomes and resolving issues outlined by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.” – Leslie Brochu
The City of Kamloops stands with all Indigenous Peoples and looks forward to working more closely with Metis and Inuit communities and regional First Nations organizations in future.