Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, Kamloops Indian Band, is inviting people worldwide to participate in a ‘drum for the children,’ on Thursday, Sept. 30, at 3:15 p.m. MDT. This falls on the first federally acknowledged National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.
“It’s time to honour the children, and the unrelenting spirit of these Ancestors. It’s time to drum for the healing of the Indian Residential Schools Survivors who carried the burden of knowing where the children were buried, and to drum for the healing of the families and communities whose children did not come home,” says Kukpi7 Rosanne Casimir in a Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc release.
Everyone is invited to participate in drumming and singing, regardless of location. However, Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc is urging anyone participating to learn the Secwepemc Honour Song prior to the event in order to create a global sense of unity within their multiple voices and drumbeats. The song can be found on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc social media channels as well as on their website: https://tkemlups.ca/drum/.
Haley Grinder, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Columbia Valley Pioneer