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Trucker convoys head to Kamloops for rally honouring Indigenous peoples

A convoy of roughly 50 trucks head to Kamloops, June 5 for a ceremony to support the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation.
June 05, 2021 - 10:16 AM

Trucker convoys across the Interior are heading to Kamloops this morning to show support for the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation and Indigenous peoples across Canada.

School buses, emergency vehicles and more are participating in one of three separate convoys, from Merritt, Williams Lake and Kelowna. They will converge at the former Kamloops Residential School site.

Roughly 50 vehicles left Kelowna this morning, with more expected to join the convoy along the way.

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Organizer Mike Otto, a trucker from West Kelowna, said in a previous interview with iNFOnews, that the discovery of the remains of 215 children at the former residential school struck a chord with him and he wanted to do something to support the Indigenous community.

The Kamloops RCMP has warned of traffic delays in the area of Highway 5 and Shuswap Road between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. today, June 5 while rallies occur in the area.

The RCMP asked drivers to consider using alternative routes if possible.

In addition to this rally there have been shoe displays and an ongoing petition for a national day of mourning to honour the 215 children found buried in unmarked graves on the former Kamloops Residential School grounds.

Last month Tk’emlups te Secwepemc announced that penetrating radar detection confirmed the unmarked gravesite near the school.

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