Day of Sucwentwecw coming to Kamloops schools

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KAMLOOPS - A performance interpreting a Secwepemc story will be part of the upcoming Day of Sucwentwecw at a local high school.

The Trout Children, a story relating people’s connection with nature, will be part of South Kamloops Secondary School’s Day of Sucwentwecw, or acknowledgement, assembly on April 7 says Donald Wilson, a First Nations Studies teacher at the school.

“Every year is thematically a different take on what acknowledgement means,” he says. “Storytelling is emphasized this year.”

The Day of Sucwentwecw is an annual event for School District 73, acknowledging the Secwempemc nation’s history as the original residents of the Kamloops area, Wilson says.

The telling of the Trout Children will be a multimedia performance involving students and Secwepemc poet Garry Gottfriedson. Some of Wilson’s students will be participating in the performance, Wilson says, which will include narrative and dance portions along with traditional songs.

“Dustin Jules, a graduate from SKSS, will be singing a number of Secwepemc songs as part of the assembly,” Wilson says.

He says the performance is part of acknowledging the Secwepemc territory. The story of the Trout Children is part of the Tk’emlupssemc te Secwepmc claim at the proposed Ajax mine site, according to Wilson, as the story takes place nearby.

The Day of Sucwentwecw is a district wide event with assemblies going on at nine schools, the school district says in a press release. All schools are getting a Day of Sucwentwecw package which include lesson plans and activities.

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