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Kamloops is a city in south central British Columbia in Canada, located at the confluence of the two branches of the Thompson River near Kamloops Lake. It is the largest community in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District.  Prior to the arrival of European settlers, the Cree-Saulteaux band led by Chief Yawassannay had migrated to this region in the early 15th century where they met the local Secwepemc (Shuswap) nation (part of the Interior Salish language group). The Yawassanay band’s Kamloops settlement was the largest of their three tribal areas. The first European explorers arrived in 1811, in the person of David Stuart, sent out from Fort Astoria, then still a Pacific Fur Company post, and who spent a winter there with the Secwepemc people, with Alexander Ross establishing a post there in May 1812 – “Fort Cumcloups”.”Kamloops” is the anglicised version of the Shuswap word “Tk’əmlúps”, meaning ‘meeting of the waters’. Shuswap is still spoken in the area by members of the Tk’emlúps Indian Band.  The gold rush of the 1860s and the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway, which reached Kamloops from the West in 1883, brought further growth, resulting in the City of Kamloops being incorporated in 1893 with a population of about 500. The logging industry of the 1970s brought many Indo-Canadians into the Kamloops area, mostly from the Punjab region of India. In 1973, Kamloops annexed Barnhartvale and other nearby communities.

Industries in the Kamloops area include primary resource processing such as Domtar Kamloops Pulp Mill, Tolko-Heffley Creek Plywood and Veneer, Lafarge Cement, Highland Valley Copper Mine (in Logan Lake), and others. RIH (Royal Inland Hospital) is the city’s largest employer. TRU (Thompson Rivers University) serves a student body of 10,000 including a diverse international contingent mainly from Asian countries. Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning (TRU-OL) is the biggest distance education provider in British Columbia and one of the biggest in Canada.

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Education

Protestant – School District No. 73 (Kamloops/Thompson)  http://www3.sd73.bc.ca/

Catholic –  Catholic Independent Schools Kamloops Diocese http://ciskd.ca/

Private Schools

Kamloops Christian School – http://www.kamcs.org/

St. Ann’s Academy – http://st-anns.ca/

Colleges & Universities

Thompson Rivers University – http://www.tru.ca/

Sprott Shaw College http://sprottshaw.com/campuses/kamloops-campus/

The BC College of Physicians and Surgeons (To find a physician)
Web: www.cpsbc.ca

BC Nurseline
Telephone: 1-866-215-4700
Vancouver: (604) 215-4700
Deaf and hearing-impaired and toll-free province-wide: 1-866-TTY-4700

BC Medical Services Plan (MSP)

http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/msp/infoben/eligible.html#enroll

Public Health  https://www.interiorhealth.ca/FindUs/_layouts/FindUs/info.aspx?type=Location&loc=Kamloops%20Public%20Health%20Unit&svc=Home%20Support&ploc=N/A

Hospitals & Clinics

Royal Inland Hospital https://www.interiorhealth.ca/FindUs/_layouts/FindUs/info.aspx?type=Location&loc=Royal%20Inland%20Hospital&svc=&ploc=

Norkam Healthcare Centre http://norkamhealthcarecentre.com/index.php/walk-in-clinic/

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