KMLA is Proud to Stand With Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc
Kamloops Minor lacrosse is proud to stand and support Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc today, September 30, 2021, marking the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada.
This day fulfills the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call-to-Action #80 and will serve as a day of remembrance, reflection, action and learning. The day honours the lost children and survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.
It also marks Orange Shirt Day, an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day that honours the children who survived Indian Residential Schools and remembers those who did not. It recalls the experience of residential school Survivor Phyllis Webstad, who at six was stripped of her shiny new orange shirt on her first day at the St. Joseph Mission Residential School near Williams Lake, BC. September 30 was chosen because it was the time of year when Indigenous children were removed from their families and forced to attend residential schools.
On this day, we encourage all to take an opportunity to reflect and explore the rich and diverse cultures, voices, experiences and stories of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. Click the link below to start your learning journey.
Kamloops Minor Lacrosse Association would like to recognize that we practice, play, and respect the land of the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc. As an association we would also like to recognize that we play and respect the lands of the secwépemc, syilx and nlaka’pamux.