Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc and the City of Kamloops were recipients of the 2022 British Columbia Reconciliation Award, honoured last week in a ceremony at Government House in Victoria.
As a partnership between the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and the BC Achievement Foundation, the BC Reconciliation Award recognizes individuals, groups and organizations that have demonstrated exceptional leadership, integrity, respect and commitment to furthering reconciliation or inspired others to continue reconciliation efforts.
Tk'emlups and the City of Kamloops were honoured for their collaboration and relationship building.
Speakers at the Jan. 12 event included Lt. Gov. Janet Austin, Hereditary Chief Sophie Pierre T’esóts’en Patrick Kelly, Premier David Eby and Tk'emlups Kúkpi7 Rosanne Casimir.
“It is a great honour to host and celebrate the 2021 and 2022 recipients of the British Columbia Reconciliation Award at the inaugural ceremony at Government House,” said Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. “It is my hope that in the years and decades to come, the recipients of this award will inspire many more British Columbians on their journeys of reconciliation.”
“We are celebrating the powerful work of people and organizations to advance reconciliation throughout B.C. Every day, through actions big and small, these leaders make our province a better, more inclusive place. This is our chance to thank them for showing us the path forward, one that we can - and will- walk together,” said Premier David Eby.
The award draws inspiration from the work of Steven Point, 28th Lieutenant Governor of B.C. and founder of the award. His hand-carved red cedar canoe, Shxwtitostel, currently on display at the B.C. Parliament Building, was created as a symbol of reconciliation, with the understanding that “we are all in the same canoe” and must “paddle together” to move forward.
The nomination period for the 2023 British Columbia Reconciliation Award closes on Jan. 20.