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As Canada marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Thursday, the Kamloops First Nation – Tekemloops Te Sekwepemak – are hoping to see people join in singing and drumming from coast to coast 215 Remnants on the land of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, and hundreds of others that were found at other sites.
Kúkpi7 Rosanne Casimir says in his culture, the rhythm of the drum is a shared heartbeat.
“The drum is something that is sacred to all of us as a First Nation. It doesn’t matter which community you belong to, the drum connects us,” she said.
Casimir says that when you hear a drum or see someone coming, it is a sign of kindness.
“When someone shows up with drums, you know they’re coming in with peace and love for who they are and what they’re bringing. And you know they want to share a song with you. “
Everyone can share in one song on September 30th. Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc has a video with the words to follow:
The chief will join the survivors and their community in their arbor. Everyone else can walk from anywhere, with or without drums.
“You can use your hands. You can use your feet. You can take out a pot of yours. Anything you can make noises has the same beat of the drum, as if it were a drum,” Casimir said.
The goal of joining together in drums is to hear and see from the side of the children.
Casimir says drumming, they are “raising and honoring children. Honoring your parents, honoring the survivors.”