IT’S TIME WE SIT BACK AND CONTEMPLATE the marvel that is the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc community.
Like most Indigenous communities where a residential school operated in the past, the Tk’emlups had a knowing, passed down in the oral tradition, that there was an unmarked graveyard nearby. In those graves were students who attended that school.
The knowing was incredibly painful, but Tk’emlups pushed through that pain to begin the work necessary to provide those children with the kind of remembrances and burials they deserved in the first place.
James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.