The Adams Lake Indian Band will be honouring residential school survivors this week with its Walking Our Spirits Home event spanning from Kamloops to Chase.
The three-day event will begin on Friday, June 11, at 9 a.m., in Pioneer Park east of downtown Kamloops with an opening prayer by an elder, tobacco burning and drum songs.
From there, participants will cross the South Thompson River via the Red Bridge and go to the former Kamloops Indian Residential School at Highway 5 and Shuswap Road. The bridge will be closed on Friday from about 9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. to allow the participants to cross.
An opening ceremony will be held at the former residential school, with Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Kukpi7 (Chief) Rosanne Casimir, Adams Lake Indian Band Kukpi7 Cliff Arnouse, Kukpi7 Wayne Christian, tribal chief of the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council, and Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian taking part.
From there, participants will depart at 1 p.m. and walk east along Shuswap Road for 25 kilometres, stopping about five kilometres past the Lafarge Bridge, at about 6 p.m.
Day 2 is Saturday, June 12, with the walk resuming at 9:30 a.m. and participants continuing their walk eastward, trekking 25 kilometres until they reach the area of the 8 Mile Rodeo Grounds, approximately eight kilometres west of the Adams Lake reserve, at about 4:30 p.m.
Day 3 is Sunday, June 13, with the walk beginning at 9:30 a.m. and participants going east for 10.5 kilometres, until they reach the Adams Lake Recreation Conference Centre at 6349 Chief Jules Dr.
The event will be conducted with COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Single-lane traffic along the route will be managed by the RCMP and a traffic control company.
Drivers should expect delays if travelling along the Walking Our Spirits Home route on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.