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SD73 Picks Sníne As Name Of New Kamloops Elementary School

Posted on: April 24, 2024

The Kamloops-Thompson school district has named the new school in Pineview Valley “Sníne Elementary” following a consultation process with over 1,300 public responses on potential names. The decision was made by the SD73 board of education during a meeting on Monday, April 22. “Sníne,” which means owl in Secwepemctsín, reflects the significance of Secwepemc culture, where the owl symbolizes wisdom and growth in traditional stories. The inclusion of Secwepemc words in school naming is seen as crucial for language revitalization and cultural representation in the region. Members of the Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc band, Jackie Jules, Jade Seymour, and Tk̓wenem7íple7 Morning-Star, served on the naming committee, marking a significant step towards decolonization efforts.