Indigenous Experiences

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.

Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc 

In the Kamloops area, the Tk‘emlúpsemc, ‘the people of the confluence’, now known as the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc are members of the Interior-Salish Secwépemc speaking peoples of British Columbia. Similar to other governments, there is an elected Chief & Council, which is currently led by Kúkpi7 (Chief) Rosanne Casimir.

Kamloops Indian Residential School - Missing Children

In May 2021,  Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc confirmed that the remains of 215 children were found at the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. These missing children were students of the Kamloops Indian Residential School, which operated from 1890 to 1978.  

This work was carried out by the C7élksten̓s re Secwépemc ne Ck̓úl̓tens ell ne Xqwelténs (Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Language and Culture Department), alongside ceremonial Knowledge Keepers, with ground penetrating radar technology. More than 4,100 children died while attending residential schools across Canada.

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Kamloops Indian Residential School Tours

Tour the Kamloops Indian Residential School (1923 – 1977) and learn the truth about the purpose of these schools and what they were really like. Appropriate for students in grade 4 and above. This tour is not accessible to people with mobility issues. For groups of 10-40 people, prices from $8-$13 per person.

4 Generations Creations

Discover unique Indigenous treasures at 4 Generations Creations, Sahali Mall's newest gem owned by Tk̓emlúps Band Member, Ashley Michel. Explore a diverse collection of apparel, stickers, and meticulously handcrafted items like ribbon skirts and beaded jewelry. Ashley's passionate support for Indigenous businesses and artists makes it the perfect place to shop consciously and pick up the perfect local gift.

Sweláps Market

Support local at Sweláps Market, the newly opened grocery store of Tḱemlúps te Secwépemc (TteS). Enjoy fresh, quality products while contributing to TteS's vision for sustainable employment, food security, and positive local development. Explore indigenous selections, supporting cultural preservation and community economic growth with each purchase.

The Kamloopa Powwow

The annual Kamloopa Powwow is the largest gatherings of Indigenous culture in Western Canada celebrating the Secwepemc people. The Kamloopa Powwow is during the summer.  This major gathering stands for encouragement, rejuvenation, and understanding of Indigenous cultures and welcomes over 20,000 spectators throughout the weekend.

Kekuli Cafe

The Kekuli Cafe is locally-owned Indigenous restaurant serving up authentic Indigenous cuisine like bannock, flatbread, and more. The Kekuli Cafe isnow  open downtown Kamloops across from the hospital.

Kweseltken Farmers' and Artisan Market

The Kweseltken, or "my relations", Farmer's and Artisan Market is a community market that showcases local crafters, producers, and agricultural growers. This Indigenous market is hosted seasonally on Sunday mornings at the Kamloopa Powwow Arbour from July to October.

Moccasin Trails 

Tour the traditional waters of the Secwépemc. Learn the history from a knowledge keeper who will tell you the stories to the sound of their paddle gently guiding you down the South Thompson River. Take in the eagles and hawks soaring, see mountains and historical sites from the path our ancestors have travelled for generations.

Secwepemc Museum & heritage park

Closed for renovations

The Secwepemc Museum displays incorporate the oral history and legends of the Secwepemc people.The Heritage Park is a 4-hectare park for our museum guests to enjoy. Various trails lead our guests through our ethnobotanical gardens which have indigenous plants utilized by the Secwepemc. 

McAbee Fossil Beds Heritage Site

Not yet open to the public

The McAbee Fossil Beds is a heritage site east of Cache Creek. The McAbee fossil beds were deposited in a lake during the Eocene Epoch, over 50 million years ago. The heritage site is closed to the public while interpretive components are installed. The site is scheduled to re-open with interpretive hiking trails in spring 2022.



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