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Secwépemc words taught at Salmon Arm Truth and Reconciliation event

Knowledge-keeper Louis Thomas shared useful vocabulary in honour of Call to Action #14

Salmon Arm recognized the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with a language lesson.

As a short history of the day, as well as Phyllis Webstad’s orange shirt story, were told, the community gathered on Saturday, Sept. 30 to honour residential school survivors and those who did not come home.

Secwépemc knowledge-keeper Louis Thomas led the crowd in a lesson on several Secwépemc words.

Salmon Arm Arts Centre gallery curator Tracey Kutschker explained the lesson ties into the 94 Calls to Action for Truth and Reconciliation number 14, regarding language and culture, which also works alongside an upcoming exhibit, focused on reading, that the gallery is planning.

“Everyone walks away hopefully having learned something,” said Kutschker.

Read more: PHOTOS: Splatsin and supporters walk for Truth and Reconciliation in Enderby

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Rebecca Willson

About the Author: Rebecca Willson

I took my first step into the journalism industry in November 2022 when I moved to Salmon Arm to work for the Observer and Eagle Valley News. I graduated with a journalism degree in December 2021 from MacEwan University in Edmonton.
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