New banners will be installed on city street poles later this year promoting partnership between Kamloops and Tk’emlups te Secwépemc.
The city’s external relations manager, Tammy Robertson, and Tk’emlups’ former communications and event co-ordinator, Lyle Paul, spoke to Kamloops council on Tuesday about the genesis of the collaboration and design choices. Robertson said the idea to promote the two communities on the banners started four years ago. Paul noted the banner design features Mount Paul (Ctexwtméles in Secwepemctsin) on a yellow background, with blue text promoting “Kamloops” and “Tk’emlups.”
The mountains and colours are represented in both communities and represent a significant landmark.
Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian said he likes the simplicity of the design, which he noted captures both governments in one valley. Coun. Kathy Sinclair said the banner project makes her proud, citing it as a “visible manifestation” of the city’s partnership with Tk’emlups.
The banners and installation will cost the city $41,500. Installation is expected in the summer.