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Tk'emlúps calling on world to join in on drumming on National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

The drumming will take place at 2:15 p.m. on Sept. 30.
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Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc is calling on people worldwide to drum simultaneously for the missing children of Indian residential schools for the first Canadian National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, a new national statutory holiday that is marked on Sept. 30.

Tk’emlúps Kukpi7 (Chief) Rosanne Casimir said the drumming will take place at 2:15 p.m., noting the time was chosen as “215 was the number that made the ripple through the world,” referring to the probable graves of children discovered on the ground of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in May of this year.

(A subsequent press conference noted the number of probable graves is about 200.)

“It’s time to honour the children and the unrelenting spirit of these ancestors,” Casimir said.

“It’s time to drum for the healing of the Indian residential schools survivors who carried the burden of knowing where the children were buried, and to drum for the healing of the families and communities whose children did not come home.”

Tk’emlúps is urging everyone to learn the Secwepemc Honour Song, which can be found online at https://tkemlups.ca/drum/.

“We invite you to share this song, to teach it and record it in schools, workplaces and living rooms,” Casimir said.

“Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc is calling upon the world to help us shine a light on truth, the pursuit of justice and peace, as well as healing for all affected by these beloved missing children. The confirmation of the missing children has impacted people locally, regionally, nationally and even globally. Secw´pemc elders have said that it is the children that are going to bring us together. We want to make the world a better place for children everywhere and give them hope and assurances that every child matters.”

There will be a ceremony in the Tk'emlúps Powwow Arbour, but it is not yet known if the public can attend, pending pandemic-related restrictions.