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Tk’emlúps flag rises above Kamloops City Hall

The flag was raised on the the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in recognition that Kamloops is located on unceded Secwépemc territory

The City of Kamloops permanently raised the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc flag outside of city hall on Friday (Sept. 30), the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The flag was raised in the morning in recognition that Kamloops is located on Tk’emlúps to Secwépemc territory, situated within the unceded ancestral lands of the Secwépemc Nation. 

The flag was raised by Tk’emlúps Acting Kúkpi7 (Chief) Nikki Fraser and Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian on the flagpole north of the city hall parking lot. In the coming weeks, a second flagpole will be installed to fly the City of Kamloops flag.

“Tḱemlúps te Secwépemc is proud to share this moment with the City of Kamloops. We continue to walk together taking steps towards reconciliation,” Fraser said. “On September 30, we want everyone to acknowledge and commemorate the history and ongoing trauma of residential schools. We honour all those who were lost and all the survivors and intergenerational survivors who continue to suffer the impacts of residential schools.” 

The City of Kamloops and Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc have been recognized provincially and nationally for their commitment to further the Calls to Action outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s report.

“We are honoured to have a strong relationship with our neighbours at Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, built on mutual respect and a desire for understanding,” Christian said. “We are proud to fly this flag as a public acknowledgement of the land on which we live and our commitment to working toward a better future.”

Christian noted that discussions with other communities indicated they were planning to lower the flag to half-mast to commemorate residential school deaths, but he believed that "reconciliation" should be considered something forward-looking and should be a positive annual thing. This, he said, is what led to the idea of raising the band flag permanently at city hall.