Secwépemc’ulucw – An introduction to the Secwépemc territory
Neskonlith Councillor and knowledge holder Louis Thomas gives an introduction to the Secwepemc nation:
The Secwépemc honour song
A video from the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc.
The terrible legacy of residential schools and cultural genocide
In late May 2021, we learned of the discovery of 215 bodies of children found by ground radar on the property of the former Kamloops residential school. We join with so many others in mourning this terrible loss, lamenting the cultural genocide that Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission has taught us was inherent in the residential school system and re-committing to a journey of reconciliation between the First Peoples and settlers.
Here is a video from N’We Jinan Artists with Secwepemc children that was produced in 2017 on the site of the former Kamloops residential school: “We won’t forget you”.
Three stories from Kenthen Thomas, story-teller + knowledge holder.
Story-teller Kenthen Thomas regularly gifts the Sorrento Centre with stories of wisdom, humour and insight. Three stories have been recorded in the virtual hub at the Sorrento Centre. After the stories, Kenthen is in conversation with Sorrento Centre Executive Director Michael Shapcott.
An introduction to the Secwepemc language
FirstVoices includes an introduction and on-line guide to the Secwepemc language: “Secwepemctsin – The Language of the Secwepemc from British Columbia. Secwepemctsin contains the cultural, ecological, and historical knowledge which includes: values, beliefs, rituals, songs, stories, social and political structures and spirituality of the people. The Secwepemc view all aspects of their knowledge, including language, as vitally linked to the land. This knowledge, passed down to the next generations orally, contained the teachings necessary for maintenance of Secwepemc culture and identity.”