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National award for City of Kamloops, Tk’emlúps

The Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators’ honour is for collaboration
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The relationship between the City of Kamloops and Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc has been recognized by the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA).

The city and band were presented with an award for collaboration during a virtual awards ceremony held this week.

The municipal administrators association, which represents city managers and CAOs across the country, highlighted the following collaborative initiatives between the city and Tk’emlúps: community-to-community meetings, recreation, celebrations, service agreements for fire protection, transit and sewer, the city’s hiring of an archeologist and support for Tk’emlúps following the announcement of 200 probable graves being found near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.

“CAMA is pleased to recognize Kamloops and the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc for excellence demonstrated through their collaboration to reconciliation,” CAMA president Jack Benzaquen said in a release. “The efforts of both communities put towards relationship building, collaboration and reconciliation is immense.”

The city also has an external relations manager, Tammy Robertson, who took on the initiative of learning Secwepemctsin, the language of the Secwe̓pemc, in recent years and works closely with the band on behalf of the city.

On May 20, the city, Tk’emlúps and the Thompson-Nicola Regional District are set to unveil a new crosswalk being installed in the spirit of truth and reconciliation. The new crosswalk is intended to highlight the upcoming one-year anniversary of the announcement of the suspected graves. The unveiling is to take place at the Fifth Avenue and Victoria Street in downtown Kamloops, in front of the TNRD Building.