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Co-existing With Coyotes
Natural Resources Department is issuing a notice to Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Community to create awareness surrounding human-wildlife interactions regarding Coyotes and provide ways to reduce conflict.
Coyotes Background Information
- Coyotes usually breed in February, resulting in greater activity.
- Litters of 5-7 pups (maximum 19) are born 60-63 days later (April to early May) in a den.
- Breeding begins at one year age, and coyotes’ mate for life.
- The lifespan is approximately 10-11 years in the wild.
- They cooperate in hunting, denning, and raising young.
Human Coyote Conflicts
- Do not feed Coyotes.
- Monitor pets and small children while outdoors.
- Never run away from a Coyote.
- Do not set your trash out for pick-up until the day of pick-up to reduce attractants.
Aggressive Coyote behavior should be reported to NRD Assistant Manager Barry Bennett, or R.A.P.P. 1-877-952-7277.
Snow Removal Notice
Winter snow removal is a huge task for Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc (TteS) small crew. TteS responsibility to public roads, businesses, and elders driveways continues to grow.
TteS first priority is to keep the arterial roads open so that traffic and emergency vehicles can move as needed.
Help out snowplow operators with the following tips:
- Give distance. Snow plows and sanders need extra space to make wide turns. Keep your distance and ensure the operator sees you.
- Keep curb free from personal property, debris, and garbage bins in areas to be plowed.
- Shovel snow onto your property. Not the street.
- Pile snow on the right side of your driveway (facing the road) when shoveling. This allows you to see any oncoming traffic as you back out and, when plows go by, they won’t drag your shoveled piles of snow back into your driveway.
Help Your Neighbours
Give your neighbours a hand shoveling snow, especially if they are elders or have limited mobility.
Avoid parking on the street to allow plows and salt trucks room to safely clear streets.
Talk to your neighbours about all parking on one side of the road. Keeping one side curb free allows for better snow plow access. It also helps avoid possible snow pileup on your car from the snow plow.
Argo Road Maintenance
Please report all road maintenance concerns for any provincial routes (including East Shuswap Road and Paul Lake Road) to Argo Road Maintenance (Kamloops Service Area):
Telephone: 1 800 661-2025
TteS Public Works will make every effort to keep the roads passable and with patience, residents will be able to travel safely throughout the community.
Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc Public Works
Community Notice: Bear Management and Resident Safety
The TteS Natural Resources department is working in collaboration with conservation officers to address a situation involving a bear in the community. The well-being of our residents is our top priority, and we appreciate your cooperation and understanding during this process.
Bear Trap Installation – Safety First!
To ensure everyone’s safety, a live bear trap has been placed at the end of Kamloopa Road (near the 4-Plexes). We kindly ask for your cooperation and adherence to the following safety guidelines:
- Keep a Safe Distance: Please avoid approaching the area where the bear trap is located. This is for your safety and the safety of the conservation officers working on the operation.
- Pets Locked-up: Keep your pets locked up at home and on a leash when walking them in the vicinity. This precaution helps prevent any unintentional interactions.
- Stay Informed: Follow our updates on social media for real-time information about the bear. We will keep you informed every step of the way.
- Post Sightings WITHOUT Photos: If you come across the bear, feel free to share its location on social media. Refrain from trying to capture photos, as doing so could pose a risk to your safety.
- Remove Food Sources: Please remove all food sources for the bear from your property. This includes garbage, pet food, and processing of fish/game.
Thank you for being a responsible and caring part of the Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc Community.
TteS Natural Resources Department
2023 Drought Update
Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc lifted Level 5 Drought Water Restrictions in October 2023. Enhanced water use restrictions introduced in August effectively reduced community-wide water use by 25%.
Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc acknowledges and appreciates the efforts of all community members and businesses who played their part in helping to conserve our local water supply and protect the environment.
TteS has kept a record of drought related activities, conversations, and interactions. Best practices and lessons learned will continue to build the community’s Made-in-Tk̓emlúps drought response plans.
Level 2 Drought conditions continue to persist, and we continue to experience historically low river levels in the North and South Thompson River Basins.
Seasonal snow accumulation has gotten off to a slow start. October and November have been drier and warmer than normal across British Columbia. Mountain snow accumulation is well below normal throughout the province. The North and South Thompson River Basins are at 60% of average for this time of the year.
Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc will continue to monitor drought conditions over the winter and spring and continue to work closely with the Thompson Okanagan Region Drought Response Team.
Secwepemc Fisheries Commission Update
Watershed wide water conservation measures may be required again in 2024, in a proactive measure to assist in mitigating for potential fish mortality caused by extreme drought conditions. SFC will continue to be active in drought monitoring and bringing that information to the Thompson Okanagan Drought Response Team process.
Tk̓emlúps TE SECWÉPEMC
TteS Drought Response Team
TteS Bylaws and water restrictions are implemented by TteS, not the provincial government.
All British Columbians are responsible for the sustainability of water and aquatic ecosystems. All water users in drought-affected areas are asked to cooperate and contribute to the goal of conservation.
2023 Holiday Garbage Collection
Garbage and recycling collection will not take place on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, or New Year’s Day in the lower neighborhoods of Sun Rivers. If your regular collection day is Monday (Christmas Day), it will be rescheduled to Wednesday, December 27. For Tuesday (Boxing Day) collections, they will occur on Thursday, December 28. Collection on Monday (January 1) will be conducted on Tuesday, January 2. Lé7es k sw7écemp ne Xyum te Sitq̓t! (Merry Christmas!)
Commercial Complex Project Update – Chief Louis Crossing
Our Commercial Complex Project Update – Highway #5 and East Shuswap Road
Located at a bustling intersection and with convenient access and extensive highway frontage, our Commercial Complex is quickly becoming a very sought-after location. With our new grocery store, Sweláps Market, now open and within Tḱemlúps te Secwépemc lands, it offers unique benefits to Indigenous entrepreneurs and shoppers alike.
The Project Team is pleased to share an update as several decisions have been advanced, and timelines confirmed for our 100% TteS owned and operated commercial development property.
Anticipated Opening and Turnover Dates
Tenant inquiries are being actively managed. While tenants may apply at any time, tenant applications will formally open in January 2024 for Building B and April 2024 for Building C. An application form will be released in late December or early January.
- Sweláps Market Grocery Store: Now Open!
- Petro Canada Gas Station and Convenience Store: Fall 2024
- Quick-Serve Restaurant w/ Drive-Thru: Fall 2024
- Building B: Occupancy Winter 2024
- One Level w/ Three to Four Tenant Spaces (+/- 2,000 sq. ft.)
- Building C: Occupancy Winter 2025
- Level One: One Tenant (~5,000 sq. ft) and Five or Six Tenants (+/- 2,000 sq. ft.)
- Level Two: Units TBD – Flexible Space
Name and Logo
We are proud to share that the Complex name is Chief Louis Crossing. The team considered many, many options and continually came back to this name. It represents the physical crossing of the Yellowhead Highway and Shuswap Road and where the Chief Louis Center East and West Collide. This name also continues to honour the legacy of Chief Louis who was recognized as one of the best chiefs in the Interior and a dominant figure in the Kamloops region when he was chief from 1855 to 1915.
We will be launching a website for Chief Louis Crossing and continuing to engage tenant leads over the coming months. In the meantime, your contact point will continue to be our Project Management team:
Business and Economic Development Department
Economic Development Officer
TteS Mourns Passing of TRU student Owyn McInnis
Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc join the rest of the community of Kamloops in mourning the passing of the TRU student, Owyn McInnis.
“The tragic loss of a student is such a heartbreaking situation for the TRU community, as well as the larger community. We offer our sincere condolences to the family, friends, teammates, coaches, professors and all the students of TRU” stated Kukpi7 Rosanne Casimir.
Kukpi7 Rosanne Casimir said “We would also like to send our prayers out to all those involved in the accident that occurred on November 29th, especially those that remain in the hospital”.
TteS Membership Code Swearing-In Ceremony
On behalf of Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc (TteS) Chief and Council, we are very excited and honoured to announce that the TteS Community Services department hosted a Special Event, the TteS Membership Code Swearing-In Ceremony. It was a momentous and intimate occasion that brought together those being sworn in for the Membership Committee and the Arbitration Board on November 29, 2023.
Officially, as of November 3, 2020, TteS became a Section 10 Band and adopted its own Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc Membership Code. As a Section 10 Band, we have control of our membership list and have set our own eligibility requirements according to the TteS Membership Code. Upon registration, if an individual is affiliated with a Section 10 band, they must apply directly to the band for membership.
We have now completed the final formal step for all members of the Membership Committee and Arbitration Board who will be reviewing all applications for membership to Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc. Those awaiting these important next steps will be contacted when the processing of applications begins.
We extend our gratitude to everyone who came to witness this historical day and express appreciation to the amazing staff of TteS who made this event possible.
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Tk̓emlúps is hosting the 2023 Annual WinterWorks Program for band members. The program, taking place from December 4th to 15th, is designed for low-income, unemployed members. Applications can be completed at the Community Services Office starting today. Please note that post-secondary students and TteS employees are not eligible, and a limited number of early applications will be accepted.