City of Kamloops and Tk’emlups te Secwepemc strengthen their partnership | iINFOnews


TteS City Councilor Thomas Blank and Kamloops City Councilor Kathy Sinclair sign terms of reference for a joint cultural heritage task force between the two governments on October 20, 2021.

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October 26, 2021 – 6:00 PM

A key document was signed by representatives of councilors and staff from Tk’emlups te Secwepemc and the City of Kamloops last week.

After three years of regular meetings, the mandate of a joint cultural heritage working group was signed on October 20 by Tk’emlups te Secwepemc City Councilor Thomas Blank and City Councilor Kathy Sinclair, under the leadership by Kukpi7 (conductor) Rosanne Casimir. and Mayor Ken Christian.

The Joint Cultural Heritage Working Group is made up of advisors and staff from Tk’emlups te Secwépemc and the City of Kamloops. Its objective is to ensure that the two partners implement an active and continuous involvement in the protection, management and interpretation of cultural heritage.

The collaboration appears to be the first of its kind and could serve as a model for other nations and municipalities.

“We have worked on a number of projects over the years to determine how the City can work with the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc. So when we undertake certain projects, we do so with both parties in the discussion, ”said Coun. Sinclair, who is co-chair with the group, said. “We are looking at more serious matters and how they play out between the two governments.”

Sinclair said she took turns arranging meetings with Tk’emlups te Secwepemc advisor and co-chair Thomas Blank, and learned a lot from being part of the group.

“The relationship is very important to us and I have been told that other (First Nations) across the country are looking at us as an example,” she said. “We are a country built on colonial history and this is where the truth comes into play. The truth must come into play before reconciliation.

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Sinclair said the group is supported and guided by other dedicated advisers and staff.

“I am very happy that the document has been signed,” said Coun. Blank said. “It was quite a process to understand where each group was. The terms of reference of the working group are guided in a spirit of cooperation and partnership.

More details about the group and the reunion will be posted in the near future on the City of Kamloops website here.

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