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Welcome to Kamloops: Three things to Know about Child and Family Social Services in Kamloops

Welcome to Kamloops: Three things to Know about Child and Family Social Services in Kamloops

1: Know where to find the right services for children and families in Kamloops

One can find online KAMLOOPS FAMILY SERVICES Contact Information. This information sheet by EwayKamloops provides one with details related to local services for children and youth. It is organized by the following age groups: Under 6, Children 6 – 12, and Youth. One can also contact Make Children First (MCF) a community coalition of individuals and organizations who believe that it takes a whole community to raise a child. They work to enhance the ability of our community to support the healthy development of children and their families. Interesting Shapedown BC program is available for eligible kids in BC. One can also access online Child &Youth Mental Health Guide for the region.

2: Know how to protect children in Kamloops

A child in BC is a person under the age of 19. Here is the policy on how to report a child in need of protection. “If your child is taken” brochure provides overview of key rights of the parents when a child is removed under the protection concerns. One can also contact Secwepemc Child and Family Services or Metis Commission for Child and Family Services in BC or local Ministry of Child and Family Development (MCFD) for relevant services. Navigating the Child Protection Process presentation provides an overview of Ministry of Child and Family Development and a legal guidance in navigating the child protection process.

3: Know resources where kids have fun in Kamloops

Explore Kamloops With Kids website provides a lot of activities that are designed for kids in Kamloops. One can also find Active Child Care Facilities for Thompson Cariboo Shuswap region. Kamloops/Thompson Community Mapping Study also provides the list of resources for kids. One can also access BC Wild Life Park Map and Winter Fun Map to take your kids to different local attractions.

If you have additional resources for children and families in Kamloops to share please e-mail okondrashov@tru.ca

Welcome to Kamloops: 4 tips to find employment in Kamloops

Welcome to Kamloops: 4 tips to find employment in Kamloops

Tip 1: Find the right employer for you in Kamloops

An excellent way to start looking for a job is to check the Job Posting Websites for the Kamloops Area. All job sites are well organized in one file. Open Door Group has two offices in Kamloops to support people in finding employment. Check Kamloops Major employers here. You can also visit Kamloops Service Center Canada to strengthen your resume and find jobs in the area http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/tbsc-fsco/sc-dsp.jsp?rc=5986&lang=eng

Tip 2: Use the Job Search Engine that fits your needs.  

BC Jobs Kamloops https://www.bcjobs.ca/kamloops-jobs

CareerJet https://www.careerjet.ca/jobs-in-kamloops-3185.html

CFJC today jobs http://cfjctoday.com/jobs

Craiglist Jobs Kamloops https://kamloops.craigslist.ca/search/jjj

Eluta Jobs Kamloops https://www.eluta.ca/jobs-in-Kamloops-BC

Indeed Jobs Kamloops https://ca.indeed.com/jobs?l=kamloops

Job Bank Kamloops https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/jobsearch/jobsearch?d=50&sort=D&page=2&mid=22341&lang=fr

Glassdoor Jobs Kamloops https://www.glassdoor.ca/Job/kamloops-jobs-SRCH_IL.0,8_IC2277850.htm

Kijiji Jobs Kamloops https://www.kijiji.ca/b-jobs/kamloops/c45l1700227

LnkedIn jobs Kamloops https://ca.linkedin.com/jobs/jobs-in-kamloops-bc

Monster Jobs Kamloops https://www.monster.ca/jobs/l-kamloops,-bc.aspx

Jobpostings Kamloops https://www.jobpostings.ca/student-jobs/british-columbia/kamloops

Jooble Kamloops https://ca.jooble.org/jobs/Kamloops%2c-BC

Simply Hired Kamloops https://www.simplyhired.ca/search?l=kamloops%2C+bc&job=Kby7TcO_tA_qnuond4ELxmJ-dExJQ2z_RD4EHP2oU0dtBTqln3i3Bg

Workopolis Kamloops https://www.workopolis.com/jobsearch/jobs-in-kamloops-british-columbia

Wow Jobs Kamloops https://www.wowjobs.ca/BrowseResults.aspx?q=&s=r&l=Kamloops%2C+BC&job=v8TQc8zWwZah6E4dGXpDGpXCAO5Db4kLzoNyX2HZkVy5L1X5fjj5lw

Tip 3: Check Directly with Employment Opportunities Websites of Kamloops employers

Aberdeen Mall https://www.aberdeenmall.ca/jobs

Aboriginal Skill Employment Services http://shuswapnation.org/departments/asets/

BC Hydro https://app.bchydro.com/careers/current_opp.html

BC Lottery Corporation https://careers.bclc.com/

BC Transit Kamloops https://bctransit.com/kamloops/careers

Cascades Casino Kamloops http://www.cascadescasinokamloops.com/careers/

City of Kamloops https://www.kamloops.ca/city-hall/career-opportunities

CN Rail https://www.cn.ca/en/careers

Dog Walking Jobs Kamloops https://www.care.com/en-ca/jobs/pet-care/dog-sitting/dog-walking-jobs/kamloops

Domtar http://www.domtar.com/en/careers/jobs.asp 

Excel Personel https://excel.bc.ca/

Government BC Jobs https://search.employment.gov.bc.ca/cgi-bin/a/searchjobs_quick.cgi

Interior Health Authority https://jobs.interiorhealth.ca/

Nanny Jobs Kamloops https://canadiannanny.ca/nanny-jobs/kamloops,british-columbia

New Gold http://www.newgold.com/careers/Current-Opportunities/default.aspx

School Distict 73 http://www3.sd73.bc.ca/careers

Stanteck Jobs https://stantec.jobs/kamloops/british-columbia/can/jobs/

Sun Peaks Resort https://www.sunpeaksresort.com/employment/job-opportunities

Teck Jobs https://jobs.teck.com/search/

Thompson Nicola Regional District https://tnrd.ca/content/employment

Thompson Rivers University https://www.tru.ca/hr/careers.html

TKemloops https://tkemlups.ca/current-openings/

Xilium Recruiters http://xiliumrecruiters.com/

Tip 4: Try Facebook to find your next job in Kamloops

One can also try Facebook job search technique:  Kamloops and Area Work Search Group (Job Seekers, and Job Postings) or Kamloops Cash Jobs and Kamloops Job Posting

If you have additional employment resources to share please e-mail okondrashov@tru.ca

Welcome to Kamloops: 5 Health Care Planning Tips in Kamloops

Welcome to Kamloops:  5 Health Care Planning Tips in Kamloops

Tip1: Check Health Link BC

HealthLink BC provides access to non-emergency health information and advice in British Columbia. Information and advice is available by telephone, a website, a mobile app, and a collection of print resources. HealthLink BC brought together some of British Columbia’s most trusted and recognized health information services including: the BC HealthGuide, BC HealthFiles, BC NurseLine, Pharmacist Services, Dial-a-Dietitian, and the Physical Activity Line (PAL) – and expanded these with an online and by-phone navigation service to help you find the health resources and facilities you need, closest to where you live. Please visit the Resource Order Form page if you would like to order brochures, posters, magnets, and more about HealthLink BC. One can also dial 811 to speak with a registered nurse, dietitian, pharmacist or exercise professionals. The service is available in different languages.

Tip2: Enhance your Health Literacy

Learn about health literacy by completing the ABC Health Matters Workbook. Understanding health literacy is a shared responsibility between newcomer and their health care provider. Everyone is a partner in this learning journey.  Decide what activities you want to do in this workbook. Choose those activities important to your life.

Tip3: Know your care options and local resources

Interior Health Guide to Home & Community Care provides a detailed review of care options.  The Center for Senior Information has its directory for health care services in Kamloops. Kamloops Community Response Network lists many organizations to improve health for victims of violence. TRU has health care assistant program to train health care aids to meet community needs. If you need to learn about the stay in Royal Inland Hospital check the information here. Please check the BC Low cost dental programs for cancer patients. A detailed First Nations BC Health Handbook is also available. BC elder’s guide lists many relevant health care resources. Kamloops Health Care Services are also listed on relocate to Canada.com website

Tip 4: Grow your health

The City of Kamloops offers an interesting brochure on plant health care on how to caring for the health of your gardens. Elaine Sedgman developed a start-up guide on Public Produce: Growing Food in Public Spaces.

Tip5: Check your BC health insurance benefits

Healthcare insurance information when moving to BC is available here and here.  The medical services BC plan brochure is available online and provides critical information on what is covered under the plan. When you need to refuse health care, please review this information sheet to know your rights. Access to Trans Surgical Health Care in BC is outlined in this article. Information on immunization using health care workers as examples can be obtained here. BC Palliative care benefits registration can be accessed here. WorkSafe BC provides a detailed overview of health care and social services and injury prevention resources here. The most used health care related services for immigrants are listed here. More migration matters info sheets can be accessed here. Some culturally sensitive health care practices are listed in the following publication: Providing Diversity Competent Care to People of the Sikh Faith The brochure provides Questions and Answers about the Privacy of Personal Health Information and E‐health in British Columbia. There are multiple health volunteer opportunities listed on Volunteer Kamloops website. If you need a family doctor please check the Find a Doctor website or BC Physician search. Look for Kamloops Doctor’s directory. All you need to know about the Pharma Care Assistance Levels and Pharma Care Plans. General Information about Pharma Care. If you know additional health related resources please e-mail okondrashov@tru.ca

Welcome to Kamloops: 5 Banking and Everyday Life Planning Tips for living in Kamloops

Welcome to Kamloops: 5 Banking and Everyday Life Planning Tips for living in Kamloops

Tip 1: Get organized with the Newcomers to Canada Day Planner 

Newcomers to Canada Day Planner goal is to give a quick and easy access to things one needs to know as one builds a new life in Canada, such as: buying or renting a home, finding a job, checking out your qualifications and credentials, information about Canada’s health care system, education systems, and government programs, learning more about house prices, credit card rates, car leasing, dentists, taxes, your rights and responsibilities in Canada, training programs, employers, starting a business, and common business practices.

Tip 2: Review workbooks, checklist and handbooks to plan your first month living in Kamloops

Citizenship and Immigration Canada developed a Handbook: Planning to work in Canada? An essential workbook for newcomers. The handbook provides a good overview how one can start building employment history in Canada and strengthen their income. The workbook was created for internationally trained individuals who are considering moving to Canada or who have recently arrived.  Using this workbook will allow newcomer to Canada to obtain the greatest benefit from their experience and education. In addition to workbook, complete the newcomer checklist where one can learn the key things to do once the person arrives at the new city (all data is for Manitoba but easily applicable to Kamloops). Sponsorship Handbook provides information on how to sponsor a refugee to Canada with information on how to satisfy needs of refugee. The sponsorship guide is written in Toronto for Syrian refugee, it can be easily adapted for Kamloops for any refugee.

Tip 3: Strengthen financial literacy and find your bank in Kamloops

The city of North Bay develop a guide that can be helpful to anyone who is new to Canada: Financial literacy guide for newcomers to CanadaCanadian Bankers Association have a designated page that a great resource with links to major banks information for newcomers/ new Canadians. One can find all banking questions answered on Canadian Bankers Association questions and answers section of the website. The list of all banks and ATMs in Kamloops can be found here.

Tip 4: Get familiar with banking terminology to save and build credit in Canada

Some topics that are relevant to banking include Chequing vs. Savings; Accounts / Types of Savings; Accounts / RRSP, RESP, RDSP, TFSA / Affordable Banking Services / Credit and Banking Services / How to protect yourself financially / Starting your own Business. They are covered in two modules: How to Bank and Save In Canada and How to Build Credit in Canada. The other documents are available on ABC Money Matters website to include Independent Workbooks: A Place to Start: Spending Plans; RESPs and Other Ways to Save and Financial Literacy for the Family; Tip Sheets: Celebrate Holiday Cheer and Financial Education with Your Family and Tips to Keep on Budget During the Holidays.

Tip 5: Find out your credit score

7 Common Credit Score Myths is an excellent article to learn about credit score through debunking common myths. Please review How to Get Your Free Credit Report & Check Your Credit Score and do it once a year. Monesysense provides some good tips on how to build a credit score for newcomers. You can also estimate your credit score online  If you have debts, then get debt help.

If you have additional banking and everyday life planning resources to share please e-mail okondrashov@tru.ca

Welcome to Kamloops: 7 Housing topics to plan your living in Kamloops

The City of Kamloops consists of the following primary planning neighbourhoods: City Centre, North Shore, Valleyview, Dallas, Raleigh, Heffley Creek, Sahali, Aberdeen, Knutsford, Brocklehurst, Batchelor Heights, Westsyde. Juniper Ridge, Mount Dufferin, Rose Hill, Campbell Creek, Barnhartvale, Mission Flats, Tranquille on the Lake so do your research on where you plan to live and know your area. Here is the list of the Kamloops Postal Codes. One can click on the name of the selected neighbourhood to find the recent neighbourhood plan or Google one for your neighbourhood. The Kamloops Plan (KAMPLAN) can help one to know each area of the city.

There are many housing options in Kamloops.  Whether you stay in Kamloops for few days or plan to live in Kamloops forever, here are some resources that can help you to find housing in Kamloops.

1. Short term housing options

The short term accommodations can be found on booking.com, Airbnb or on any other hotel booking websites. Check the reviews before choosing the place to stay that fits your needs.  You can also check 30 tips on how to book on Airbnb for first time to ensure you have a pleasant booking experience

2. Apartment / house rentals

To find apartments for rent go on craiglist or kijiji  You can review articles from Kijiji Central, such as, how to stay safe looking for apartments online, to get the most out of your Kijiji experience and to learn more about our users and Kijiji’s impact on the community. One can also try to find housing via Facebook Kamloops4Rent closed group.

3. Alternative housing options.

EwayKamloops website lists telephone numbers of organizations that can help with housing in Kamloops. The links to all organizations are provided below.

John Howard Society

Kamloops & District Elizabeth Fry Society

Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Society

Kamloops Brain Injury Association

Kamloops Community YMCA-YWCA

Kamloops Native Housing Society

LeJeune Housing Society

Life Skills Development Project

Ministry for Children & Family Development South Shore  

New Life Mission

Oncore Seniors Society

Phoenix Centre

Secwepemc Child & Family Services

White Buffalo Aboriginal & Metis Health Society  

The comprehensive resource for affordable housing options in Kamloops is available from city of Kamloops website. BC housing has pdfs listings for Family, Singles & Couples, Seniors & Adults with disabilities and Seniors’ Supportive Housing options. Seniors’ Housing in BC guide is also online

4. Student housing

TRU Campus Housing provides general information on campus options for students who are interested to study at the Thompson Rivers University including residences and off campus housing options.  Live your dream provides an alternative housing service for new international students at TRU.

5. Landlord and tenants relationship in British Columbia

A detailed Guide for Landlords & Tenants in British Columbia was developed by the BC residential tenancy branch. Government of BC provides a very detailed overview of Housing and Tenancy and includes helpful information on residential tenancies, strata housing, owning a home, senior’s housing, social housing etc. Tenantsbc.ca offers a comprehensive resource for landlords and tenants in British Columbia. Tenant Survival Guide is also available in pdf and wiki format. Kamloops Landlords’ Handbook is a resource for people who provide rental housing but can be interesting to anyone who rent the place. Here is another guide for landlords in BC. You can also access quick tips for landlords and tenants in BC on common topics about renting.

6. Buying a house/apartment in Kamloops

If one wants to buy the house the Real Estate Council of British Columbia offers a detailed guide on how to buy a home in BC. The Vancouver Sun also has a step by step article on tricks and tips on how to buy a house in BC. The Canadian Bar Association provides a detailed overview of the lawyer role in the house buying process. Check also BC government website on what is involved in buying/selling property.  Kamloops Real Estate Blog provides more information with links to other relevant local resources. Use one of the calculators (Debt Service, Premium, Household Budget, Mortgage Payment and Mortgage Affordability) from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation website.  Check the new Kamloops listings on craiglist and kijiji and Realtor.ca.

7. Intentional living in Kamloops

Kamloops also has an intentional living community. The RareBirds Housing Co-op members are aware that our co-op housing model is innovative. Our research indicates that we differ from the majority of housing co-op developments in that we are building a single family home with design features to allow both private and common living spaces for adult oriented, multigenerational community living.

Enjoy living in Kamloops and hopefully your housing needs and housing related questions can be answered by reading this post. If you have additional housing resources to share please e-mail okondrashov@tru.ca

Nine Resources to Learn about Kamloops History

The City of Kamloops website provides the following information about Kamloops history : “The Kamloops area has been inhabited by the Secwépemc and Nlaka’pamux peoples, who have lived here for close to 10,000 years. The fur trade arrived in Kamloops in 1811 when three traders came to the area and established trade with the local Indigenous population. They installed a post for the Astoria Company in 1812, which later became a Hudson’s Bay Company fort. The next big influx of people came with the gold rush. While the gold rush did not pan out, provincial incentives for land ownership brought others and turned former gold rushers into homesteaders, kick-starting ranching in the region. With the promise of a railway, British Columbia joined Canada in 1871. Construction came to Kamloops in 1883, bringing railway workers and establishing Kamloops as a transportation hub with the railway’s completion in 1886 and a second railway in 1912.

At the turn of the century, Kamloops grew exponentially, bringing people, businesses, the expansion of the Courthouse, and establishment of Royal Inland Hospital. Growth in agricultural brought the beginnings of orchards and the expansion of agricultural production, especially tomato canneries. World War I, World War II, and the Great Depression hit Kamloops hard, and many lives and livelihoods were lost. The post-war economic boom ushered heavy industry into Kamloops with the establishment of an oil refinery, a natural gas pipeline, and, by the 1960s, a pulp and paper mill.

Following the amalgamation of Kamloops and the Town of North Kamloops in 1967, the 1970s saw an expanded city that included a number of adjacent communities, including Dallas, Valleyview, Brocklehurst, Westsyde, Heffley Creek, Rayleigh, Knutsford, and Dufferin. The decade also saw the opening of the first higher education institution, which grew to become Thompson Rivers University, and the completion of the Yellowhead Highway in 1970 and the Trans Canada Highway in 1971.

The 1980s brought major economic challenges to Canada, and Kamloops faced significant headwinds, bringing one of the first declines in the city’s population since World War II. An economic resurgence came in the late 1980s, with the successful referendum in 1988, which led to the opening of Riverside Coliseum in 1992, and the beginning of Kamloops’ journey to becoming Canada’s Tournament Capital.

The 1993 Canada Summer Games brought Canada to Kamloops and helped build its reputation as a centre for tournaments and sporting and cultural events, a reputation that was strengthened by the completion of the Tournament Capital Centre in 2006.”

In addition to the Indigenous Kamloops resources please check the following links to strengthen your knowledge of Kamloops and its history.

  1. The Untold Stories: Valuing Women’s Contributions to Community Life in Kamloops, British Columbia

The Untold Stories: Valuing Women’s Contributions to Community Life in Kamloops, British Columbia article explores women’s contribution to Kamloops from 1920 to present.. This study aims to document the stories of women’s participation and contribution to community life in the Kamloops area, from 1920 to present. Women who played a prominent role were invited to share their stories of helping to create and sustain women-centered organizations, many of which continue to exist today.

The purpose of Andrew Yarmie’s book  is to track the evolution of women’s volunteer associations and document the important contributions they made in caring for Kamloops. The associations selected demonstrate women’s caring in the fields of health, culture, education, social assistance for the poor, and the welfare of the community during times of crises. The work of women caring for the community that began in the pioneer period continues to the present and remains an integral part of our community.

  • Newcomer Settlement Experience

The research on newcomers’ settlement experience in Kamloops is well documented by the faculty members from the TRU School of Social Work and Human Service:  Settlement Experiences in a Small City: Kamloops, British Columbia and Settlement Experiences of Family Class Immigrants in a Small City: Kamloops, British Columbia. B.C. Community Profiles in 2011 released a brief paper to Focus on Immigration and Diversity.  The gaps in service delivery and ideas for new services are discussed in the Rural Development Institute Report. The purpose of this project is to better understand the settlement and integration services available to newcomers and to explore the service gaps and opportunities in Kamloops, British Columbia and 28 other rural communities across Western Canada. Top services needed for Kamloops area are outlined as assistance finding a job, educational upgrading, occupational mentorship and networking, language training, interpretation services, greeting upon arrival, information and orientation. You can also read the full study on Immigration Settlement Services and Gaps in CIC’s Western Region. The Kamloops Immigrant Services also produced the paper to “distribute information regarding the next steps for improving the capacity of Kamloops to be more welcoming and inclusive of new immigrants”: Coming Together to Support Diversity in Kamloops: A Recommendations Paper.

Review fast facts about Kamloops  and learn that there are 82 parks in Kamloops, covering a total of 1,350 hectares. Kamloops is Canada’s Tournament Capital, and hosts over 100 tournaments each year consisting of 27, 878 participants. Kamloops was incorporated as a city in 1893.  Kamloops is unique in that its adjacent hillsides are grass-covered with considerable sagebrush but little tree growth to the 900m level, creating what is known as an inverted tree line.  In most places the trees won’t grow above a certain level due to the lack of precipitation, but in Kamloops, they won’t grow below a certain level due to the lack of precipitation. In the young years of Kamloops, the river was used as a trade route for transporting goods.  There were many boats, including paddle boats, which went up and down the river carrying food, supplies and fur.

Kamloops Museum and Achieves provides lots of information on local history including 1912 European Colonial version of Kamloops history on “The Founding of Kamloops” and City of Kamloops modern version of Kamloops history: “The Kamloops area has been inhabited by the Secwépemc and Nlaka’pamux peoples, who have lived here for close to 10,000 years. The fur trade arrived in Kamloops in 1811 when three traders came to the area and established trade with the local Indigenous population. They installed a post for the Astoria Company in 1812, which later became a Hudson’s Bay Company fort. The next big influx of people came with the gold rush. While the gold rush did not pan out, provincial incentives for land ownership brought others and turned former gold rushers into homesteaders, kick-starting ranching in the region. With the promise of a railway, British Columbia joined Canada in 1871. Construction came to Kamloops in 1883, bringing railway workers and establishing Kamloops as a transportation hub with the railway’s completion in 1886 and a second railway in 1912”.

David LI. Davies, a resident of Kamloops, wrote an article The Railway History of Kamloops B.C. A Century Old Story and provided a railway story of the city where the routes of the two transcontinental railways converge/diverge.

A great way to enjoy Kamloops historical photographs is to become a member of the Kamloops History Facebook Group Sharing the history of Kamloops BC and the surrounding area. We encourage you to comment and share your photos from the 1800’s right up to the 1980’s. For photos of the current Kamloops taken by local photography check the Facebook group Kamloops Photographers.

  • Tranquille history

Tranquille – A History In The Making blog post by Barefoot Nomad provides a history of the Tranquille area of Kamloops. More information about Tranquille sanatorium can be found here and here. Now you can visit Tranquille Farm which is a 150+ year old historic farm site located in the city of Kamloops British Columbia, 15 minutes from downtown. It is located in a stunning setting nestled between the shores of Kamloops Lake to the south and the famous Lac Du Bois Grasslands Park to the north. The protected Tranquille Wildlife Management to the east and the Tranquille Ecological Reserve to the west complete a quartet of neighbours most farmers would die for!

The book provides an overview on how Kamloops and other small Canadian cities confront serious social issues as a result of the neoliberal economic restructuring practiced by both federal and provincial governments since the 1980s. The contributors to Small Cities, Big Issues believe that small cities can succeed in reconceiving community based on the ideals of acceptance, accommodation, and inclusion.

If you have any other resources that can help newcomers to Kamloops learn about local history please share your suggestions with me via e-mail at okondrashov@tru.ca

Oleksandr Kondrashov

Updated March 2019

Eight Resources to Learn about Indigenous Kamloops

Weyt-kp (Hello):

Kamloops has a strong Indigenous history. Secwepemc (pronounced Se-KWEP-umk-wh) means “The People”. The word Kamloops comes from the Secwepemc word Tk’emlúps, meaning “where the rivers meet” and refers to the convergence of the North and South Thompson rivers.  The Tk‘emlúpsemc, ‘the people of the confluence’, now known as the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc are members of the Interior-Salish Secwepemc (Shuswap) speaking peoples of British Columbia. This traditional territory stretches from the Columbia River valley along the Rocky Mountains, west to the Fraser River, and south to the Arrow Lakes. Most Secwepemc people live in the river valleys.  Today Tk’emlups Te Secwepemc is one of the 17 bands in the Secwepemc Nation.  

Please learn about Indigenous People History in Kamloops. Here is the list of resources that can help you:

  1. The Secwepemc Museum and Heritage Park

The Secwépemc Museum and Heritage Park is a non-profit organization, dedicated to the preservation and revitilization of Secwépemc culture and language. Secwépemc museum is home to a variety of exhibits that offer an insightful glance into the culture and heritage of the 17 bands within Secwépemculecw (Secwépemc land). These displays encapsulate life before contact, as well as an informative exhibit about the Kamloops Indian Residental School.

The website http://www.firstnations.eu documents in pictures with commentary the environmental havoc caused by European settler society to the pre-colonial world of what is now known as British Columbia (BC). It argues that the road back to environmental sanity must go through the restitution of past wrongs to First Nations by means of strong support for their land rights over and against the continuing rapacious and short sighted destruction of primaeval forests, ancient trees, wild salmon runs, grizzly bear habitats, etc. The European First Nations website links political activism with the results of scholarly and scientific studies by juxtaposing historical images with representations of current affairs.

Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc promote and ensure the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc First Nations individuals, families and communities.  Learn more about the Band that currently has approximately 1,000 members living on and off its 33,000-acre (130 km2) reserve. The reserve supports a variety of uses including residential, industrial, commercial and agricultural. In 1999, the TIB purchased Harper Ranch, now known as Spiyu7ullucw Ranch Corporation, which added 20,000 acres of fee simple land and crown leases for resource development and other economic opportunities and watch their promotional video part 1 and part2. The Kamloops Indian Band Timeline documents challenges and success milestones experienced by Indigenous People of Kamloops.

Jenna K. Foster’s undergraduate thesis documents history of The Kamloops Residential School: Indigenous Perspectives and Revising Canada’s History. The goal of Foster’s thesis project is to reveal a part of Canadian history that is not widely known to the general Canadian public. The study examines the Kamloops Indian Residential School (KIRS). 

The book by Marianne Ignace, Ronald E. Ignace provides an exploration of Secwépemc history told through Indigenous knowledge and oral traditions.

The White Buffalo programs and services have been created to raise the health status of Aboriginal peoples by providing holistic health care that includes physical, emotional, spiritual and mental health provisions for individuals, families and the Aboriginal community. The Society and staff are dedicated to teaching and encouraging balanced, healthy lifestyles. Our programs, resources and services are culturally based and support traditional Aboriginal values that reflect the connected nature of physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental well-being.

KAFS provides and promotes culturally based, inclusive programs, supports and activities to enhance holistic well-being and pride in Urban Aboriginal Peoples.

Thompson Rivers University is dedicated to Indigenous student success, to fostering meaningful relationships with Indigenous communities and to promoting Indigenous knowledges and scholarship. Through collaboration, innovation, respect and humility, the university fosters a welcoming environment that is grounded in the principles of reconciliation and is able to address the calls to action placed on everyone in this country.

If you have any other resources that can help newcomers to Kamloops learn about local Indigenous History please share your suggestions with me via e-mail at okondrashov@tru.ca

Kukwstsétsemc (thank you in Secwepemcstin)

Oleksandr (Sasha) Kondrashov

Updated March 2019