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Bent Back Tongue — Poems By Garry Gottfriedson

Posted on: September 15, 2022

In his latest collection, Secwépemc rancher and renowned poet Garry Gottfriedson explores the fraught mechanics of contemporary masculinity, politics and love. Gottfriedson’s work unapologetically unveils the truth of Canada’s treatment of First Nations and he has spoken openly in the New York Times about his experiences at the Kamloops Residential “School.”

Bent Back Tongue is a raw examination of love, identity, politics, masculinity, and vulnerability. Through sharp honesty and revealing satire, Gottfriedson delves into Canadian colonialism and the religious political paradigms shaping experiences of a Secwépemc First Nations man. This is a book that tears through deceptions that both Canada and the church impose on their citizens. Gottfriedson tackles the darkest layers of a shared colonial history; at the same time, the poems in Bent Back Tongue are a celebration of love, land, family, and the self.

Garry Gottfriedson is a Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc band member from Kamloops, BC. He is strongly rooted in his Secwépemc cultural teachings. He holds a Masters of Arts Education Degree from Simon Fraser University. Gottfriedson has ten published books, including Clinging to Bone and Skin Like Mine, and has presented his work across Canada, United States, South America, New Zealand, Europe, and Asia. Currently, he works at Thompson Rivers University.

Bent Back Tongue can be purchased at all major bookstores and online:
Caitlin Press

Learn more about Garry Gottfriedson and Bent Back Tongue: Bent Back Tongue PR.pdf

TteS Closed Monday, September 19

Posted on: September 13, 2022

Monday, September 19, 2022, the date of Queen Elizabeth’s funeral, will be marked in Canada with a national holiday. Per the direction of the Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc (TteS) Executive Director of Finance and the Executive Director of Member Services, TteS will recognize this federally legislated holiday. TteS offices will be closed on Monday, September 19, 2022, re-opening Tuesday, September 20 at 8am.

Update on the Band Reparations Class Action

Posted on: September 11, 2022

Update on the Band Reparations Class Action – trial starts Monday September 12, 2022 in Vancouver, B.C.

On Monday, September 12 representative plaintiffs shíshálh Nation and Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc begin their fight for compensation for the collective harm suffered as a result of the residential school system, including in particular the loss of and damage to our languages and cultures. In total, 326 First Nations across Canada have joined the Band Reparations lawsuit as class members.

The trial starts on September 12, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at the Federal Court in Vancouver, BC, and is expected to last six to eight weeks. The trial will be broadcast live online on the Zoom platform. Those wishing to watch will need to register with the Federal Court here:

During the trial, the court will decide whether Canada is legally responsible for the collective harms suffered by bands as a result of residential schools, including in particular loss of language and culture.



TteS Honours and Celebrates Pride Week 2022

Posted on: August 23, 2022

After a two-year hiatus from the Kamloops Pride Week Celebrations due to COVID, TteS is honoured to be celebrating Kamloops Pride Week 2022. The Pride Week activities are being held on the direct ancestral lands of Tk’emlúpsemc.

As an organization, we are committed to the fundamental values of respect, equality, and inclusivity for all. Pride week allows us the opportunity to hold space for and celebrate the contributions of the 2SLGBTQQIA++ communities. It is also time to reflect on the progress that has been made and acknowledge that there is still work to be done to ensure that everyone feels safe in being who they are.

TteS continues to be an ally and walk in solidarity with the 2SLGBTQQIA++ communities. It is all our responsibilities to ensure equal rights and representation of diverse sexual and gender identities.


Chief and Council Welcome Everyone to the Kamloopa Powwow

Posted on: July 29, 2022

After a two year absence, Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc (TteS), is honoured to be the host community for the 41st Annual Kamloopa Pow Wow on July 29 to 31, 2022 here on our beautiful and direct ancestral lands.

We welcome all our members and guests to come and participate in the Pow Wow events or witness and enjoy the celebration of the rich and vibrant culture from across Turtle Island.

This is a cultural event, and as such, it is anticipated that everyone will ensure that they act in a respectful, courteous and appropriate manner. Extra security has been hired to ensure that this important event remains safe for all those that attend.

With this extreme heat, we are asking attendees to take extra care in looking after yourselves. For those that need a break from the heat, there is a Cooling Centre located in the Sandman Centre, downtown Kamloops, which is open daily from noon to 8pm.

For the health of everyone attending, if you are not feeling well or are showing any COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home.

During Kamloopa, the sacred site (the location of the Le Estcwicwéý or the missing children) is not open to the public and we request that all be respectful of the Monument by the residential school.

Again, we welcome you to Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc and hope you enjoy Kamloopa. Let’s come together safely in celebration.

Yours truly,
Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc

Kúkpi7 Rosanne Casimir (Chief)
On behalf of Council

Kamloopa Powwow – Statement from Host Community

Posted on: July 16, 2022

Weytkp Xwexwéyt-tp,

After a two-year hiatus from the Kamloopa Pow Wow due to COVID, Tḱemlúps te Secwépemc (TteS), is honoured to be the host community for the 41st Annual Kamloopa Pow Wow on July 29 to 31, 2022 here on our beautiful and direct ancestral lands.

Part of our role as the host community is to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for all people to come and learn, witness, and enjoy the celebration of our rich and vibrant culture from across turtle island.

We share in the responsibility to address systemic racism and to eliminate gendered violence. TteS Chief and Council continue to be committed to creating an inclusive environment and addressing these very important issues that our communities have been facing for far too long.

We want our people and our guests to continue to be proud of this amazing event that showcases our heritage and culture and welcoming more than 1,300 dancers and up to 25,000 spectators.

We thank and support the Kamloopa Pow Wow Society for taking corrective steps to address the outdated rules. Those rules do not reflect TteS values. TteS Chief and Council endorses the implementation of a National Action Plan that addresses violence against Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit, and 2SLGBTQQIA++. They are our people and are our ḱwséltkten, our family, and we all hold them dear and are honoured to be walking in solidarity and unity with each other. We are committed to ending racism and discrimination and we must all do our part to do for better our children and future generations.



Kukpi7 Rosanne Casimir
On behalf of Council and our Membership


Congratulations to TteS Grads 2022

Posted on: June 28, 2022

From the Office of the Chief –

On behalf of Tk̓emlúps Council, I would just like to say Yerí7 re sxexé7 (congrats) to all the TteS graduates of 2022. We would like to pay tribute to your hard work and dedication that you have had to get you to this very important milestone – graduation.

Challenges will always be there, so it is up to you how to face them and grow and learn from them.

We also acknowledge and celebrate the teachers that have influenced, inspired and supported you throughout the years.

As you move forward in life, we also want you to carry with great pride your identity as Tk̓emlúpsemc. Never forget your roots and the importance of culture, language, and traditions. These values are what links generations to generations. The recognition of the interconnectedness of all, and respect for our lands, water, medicines, plants, and each other, will help guide you towards a successful future. Try to maintain balance in your life to create health and happiness.

Here are the words I live by: “Know your Passion, Visualize your Plans, Collect your Resources, and always be Determined to Succeed!” I practice those values in both my personal and professional life and share that with all of you as you continue with your academic paths.

We at TteS truly wish you so much success today and in the future!! Congratulations to all the Grads of 2022!! You did it and we wish you success in all your endeavors. Le7es ke7s w7ec wel me7 yews!! ( we wish you the best forever/always!!)

Yours truly,
Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc
Kukpi7 Rosanne Casimir (Chief)
On behalf of Council

Post-Secondary Graduates
Melissa Mathias
Kylie Pilkington
Keanna Pilkington
Laurie Ahdemar
Lachanda Michel
Ethan Bottle
Gabrielle Boucher
Whitney Evans
Yvonne Fortier
Jenna Myers
Christopher Paul
Jaden Stefanyk
Vinette Manuel

Statement in Support of TteS Members

Posted on: June 23, 2022

Statement from Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc Chief and Council

In consideration of events that have recently taken place, this is a reminder to guests of TteS, that by entering onto our lands, you agree to refrain from disrespecting staff, community members and visitors, with verbal or physical harassment, abusive language, cursing, or threats. We do not condone any videos/pictures/audio being taken of anyone without their consent.

Violators of our protocol will be escorted out.

Anyone who intends on being guests on our lands, are required to uphold our cultural protocols.

Trespassing on our lands is strictly prohibited. Violators will be removed and/or prosecuted.

Please also note that any non Tḱemlúpsemc ceremonial requests must be approved by Chief and Council.

Kukwstép-kucw for your understanding.

Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc
Chief and Council


Freshet Response Update

Posted on: June 22, 2022

As a precautionary measure to support freshet preparedness Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc has activated its Emergency Operations Centre to level 1.

This allows TteS to actively monitor dike levels and to begin select protection operations including the stockpiling of sandbags if the need arises.

North and South Thompson Rivers
Due to extended cooler weather in April and May, snow pack melt has been delayed by two to four weeks throughout the province. June 1st 2022 snow pack throughout BC is above normal.

North Thompson Snow Basin: 175% of Normal
South Thompson Snow Basin: 157% of Normal

Continued significant risk for high freshet flows and rise of the North and South Thompson Rivers over the short-term is from potential heavy rain to fall on a melting snow pack.

TteS Dykes are constructed to one-in-200-year flood design standards.

TteS will be increasing the frequency of infrastructure inspections of IR#1 dikes and sealing of catch basins.

Residents are reminded to stay away from creeks and rivers during freshet as high waters are extremely dangerous.

To report flood-related concerns, call TteS Public Works at 250-318-6400

ARGO Road Maintenance (Kamloops Service Area)
Provincial highways located on reserve include East Shuswap Road.
Please report all concerns to Argo Road maintenance’s 24-hour call-in number:
1 800 661-2025

Sand bags
Sand and sandbags are available at TteS Public Works yard to residents looking to protect their properties and take precautions against rising waters:
762 East Athabasca Street

Community Sandbag Volunteers
Those interested can register their interest in assisting with the preparation of sandbags.
To volunteer contact:

Shane Wardrobe
TteS Emergency Operations Coordinator
June and July (24-7, on-call as needed)

TteS will continue to provide updates on water levels and flood preparation activities as necessary.

For additional information regarding City of Kamloops flood protection efforts, go online to:

LLTD Office Closure for 2022 Property Tax Run

Posted on: June 17, 2022

Please be advised, that the Lands, Leasing & Tax Department (“LLTD”) is scheduled to do the 2022 Property Tax Run, therefore, they will be unavailable for regular day-to-day operations on the following dates:

  • June 22 – 24, 2022
  • June 27 – 30, 2022

During these dates either leave a message with the LLTD Receptionist at 250-828-9784 or email the staff and they will reply when they resume regular day-to-day operations on July 4, 2022, at 8:00 AM

Lands, Leasing & Tax Department


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