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Drum for the Children

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Be heard. On behalf of the children.
Join us virtually on September 30 – at 2:15 p.m.  Pacific.


Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc wishes to involve the world in recognizing the very first Canadian National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. After a global outpouring of interest and support for the missing children from the Kamloops Indian Residential School. Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc is offering a way for people to connect, support and ground into the importance of September 30, 2021.

On this very first –Canadian–National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc  is calling upon people around the world to gather –safely– to drum and sing for the missing children of Indian Residential Schools.

It’s time to honour the children, and the unrelenting spirit of these Ancestors.

It’s time to:

  • to drum for the healing of the Indian Residential Schools Survivors who carried the burden of knowing of where the children were buried.
  • to drum for the healing of the families and communities whose children did not come home.

Help us shine a light on truth – the pursuit of justice and peace – and healing for all affected by these beloved missing children.


Be sure to share with us about how you will participate – through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, using the hashtag #DrumForTheChildren and tagging us

To Sing and drum in unity, we invite you to learn the Secwepemc Honour Song. It is a song that we like to sing at many gatherings. We’ve included the vocables in the video so you can easily follow along as you learn it.





QUESTION: Where can we watch Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc event?

ANSWER: Join us at the Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc PowWow Arbour live in-person, or watch a live-stream on Facebook Live and our website.  More info: Sept 30 LIVE event.

QUESTION: Is there a zoom or other streaming that people can join?

ANSWER: Given how this is a worldwide call out for participation, it gets tricky to try and coordinate everyone so, we are asking people to tag us and use the hashtag #DrumForTheChildren

Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc  Social Media:

We will share the videos through our channels- in using the hashtag and tagging us, it is easier to share.

QUESTION: Can anyone learn the song and join in?

ANSWER: Absolutely. The confirmation of the missing children has impacted everyone locally, regionally, nationally and even globally. Secwepemc Elders have said that it is the children that are going to bring us together.  We sincerely hope that that is the case that real reconciliation with First Nations truly happens because of the children.  For everyone, regardless of your background, we want to make the world a better place for all our children and give them hope and assurances, that every child does matter.

QUESTION: If we are not all gathered together physically, why drum at the same time (2:15 Pacific)?

ANSWER: We really want to encourage a sense of unity and engagement. We look forward to bearing witness to people joining us, from Secwepemcúlecw, our homelands, to around the world- connected by a song that honours the children in our care as well as those laying to rest in other areas.

QUESTION: Why 2:15 pm?

ANSWER: 215 was the number that made a ripple around the world at the end of May of this year (2021) about the truth of missing children in unmarked graves at the sites of former Indian Residential Schools. It was chosen as a way to honour those who are currently in Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc  caretakership. Since the news about the 215 at Tk’emlúps, more children have been confirmed at other Indian Residential Schools sites in Canada and the USA. At Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, we know that our work has only just begun.


More to be uploaded soon. Photos by Walter Quinlan

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