A masked Caucasian man and unmasked Indigenous woman sit at a table, addressing the press

Prime Minister visits Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc

By Michael Potestio, Kamloops This Week, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Chief Rosanne Casimir said today is bittersweet, noting she had hoped Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would have been there on Sept. 30, the inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Casimir reiterated the call for unfettered access to Kamloops Indian Residential School student records.

Trudeau spoke to those gathered at the Tk’emlúps Powwow Grounds following private meetings with Casimir and other First Nations leaders. He said he “deeply regrets” not visiting Tk’emlúps on Sept. 30.

Top photo credit: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Tk’emlúps Chief Rosanne Casimir speak to the media on Oct. 18, 2021.Michael Potestio, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

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