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Tk’emlups (Kamloops)Indian Band (KIB)


The word Kamloops is the English translation of the Shuswap word, Tk’emlups, which means “where the rivers meet.”  The Shuswap-speaking peoples of this area are members of the Interior-Salish Secwepemc (pronounced suhWepmuhc), “the people of the place where the rivers meet.”

Shuswap Nation

680 West Athabaska Street, Kamloops secwepemc

Tk’emlups (Kamloops) Indian Band

200-330 Chief Alex Thomas Way, Kamloops

 Kamloopa Powwow

Kamloopa Pow Wow in Kamloops, British Columbia

The Kamloopa Pow Wow is one of the largest celebrations of First Nations’ culture and heritage in Western Canada! The Pow Wow is a spectacular expression of the Secwepemc people’s heritage and is a vibrant display of storytelling, song, and dance in traditional regalia.

A canoe flotilla, the 12th annual Pulling Together event, will bring 18 long canoes with 300 paddlers into Kamloops on Friday at noon at the South Thompson Inn and Convention Centre at the end of Shuswap Road East.  The flotilla lasts six days and travels about 150 kilometres from Sicamous.  First Nations and the RCMP have paddled together since 2001.  Youths and elders pull alongside government employees.  “Healing is going to happen because of it,” said Barb Higgins, a Sechelt elder. (Adapted from Canoe Flotilla Pulls Together to Heal Rifts, August 1, 2013, Kamloops Daily News)

The Kamloopa Pow Wow represents many years of stories and events  in three exciting days at the Secwepemc Pow Wow Grounds.  They are located two minutes from the city centre, alongside the South Thompson River in Kamloops.

August 2 – 4, 2013:  1,000 dancers and 20,000 spectators are expected!

dancing girl

Tk’emlups Indian Band Powwow grounds are located at the “Special Events Facility” along No. 5 Yellowhead Highway, Kamloops BC

Categories Include: Traditional, Chicken, Jingle, Grass, Fancy Feather & Fancy Shawl for Adult, Golden Age, Teen & Junior, Drumming Contest


General Admission: $10 per day; $20 Weekend Pass

Grand Entry: Friday, 7 pm
Saturday, 12 pm & 7 pm
Sunday, 12 pm

The Kamloopa Powwow Society
331-345 Yellowhead Highway, Kamloops, BC V2H 1H1

The Secwepemc Museum & Heritage Park

355 Yellowhead Highway (at Shuswap Road intersection)


This museum exhibit shows Secwepemc lifestyle and culture through photographs and artifacts.

Whispering Pines/ Clinton Indian Band
615 Whispering Pines Drive, Kamloops

In Kamloops, almost 7,000 people self-identify as Aboriginal, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit.*

*BC Stats for Immigration Partnerships and Initiatives Branch Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development, 2006

Mastering Aboriginal Inclusion: Creating Workplaces-of-Choice for Aboriginal Talent

Questions to Help Guide Development of an Aboriginal Inclusion Strategy

As I Am, by Nadia Myre, National Film Board of Canada



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