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Aboriginal Experiences


The Secwepemc Nation, more commonly known today as the Shuswap Nation, has a longstanding cultural and historic relationship with the city of Kamloops.

In fact, the name "Kamloops," is the English translation of the Shuswap word "Tk'emlups," meaning "meeting place." Experience this rich cultural relationship today at the Secwepemc Museum and Heritage Park exploring its extensive photograph and artifact collection, at the annual Kamloopa Pow Wow enjoying traditional First Nations' performances and art, or at St. Joseph's Church, a national historic site.

Secwepemc Museum and Heritage Park

The Secwepemc Museum and Heritage Park, located on the north side of the South Thompson River near downtown, and next to the Yellowhead Highway (5A) features historical photographs, illustrations, and artifacts, as well as displays on traditional Shuswap hunting, fishing, clothing, games, food gathering, and cooking.

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Secwepemc Museum & Heritage Park - Kamloops

200-355 Yellowhead Hwy
Kamloops, British Columbia
V2H 1H1

Museum exhibits feature oral history and legends of the Secwepemc (Shuswap) with historical photos and artifacts. Visit archaeological remains of a 2000 year old village, reconstructed pithouses, ethnobotanical gardens showing traditional plant use. A marsh attracts many birds for viewing.

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