Camosun expresses its sorrow and stands alongside the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc

Camosun College is horrified by the news that the remains of 215 children have been found in the grounds of the former Kamloops Residential School, which sat on the traditional territory of the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc. Our hearts go out to the families and communities who were and are directly affected by this news and by the original loss of their children. We are all affected. This affirms Camosun’s commitment to redressing the impact of our shared history. In memory of these children, Camosun flags on both campuses will be lowered.

Tommy Happynook, Jr.

Faculty/staff profile


Tommy Happynook, Jr.



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BA and MA in Anthropology

Nuu-chah-nulth (Huu ay aht)

Indigenous Family Support, Indigenous Studies, Indigenous College Prep

Centre for Indigenous Education and Community Connections

cha chim heyhak kwa. My name is hii ni nah sim. My English name is Tommy Happynook Jr. I am nuu chah nulth from the huu ay aht First Nations and I come from the house of cha cha tsii us. I grew up in Coast Salish territory, WJOLELP (Brentwood Bay), and am very thankful for the hospitality that my family received. I currently live in Lkwungen territory with my wife aa saa wis (Carly) and son ha wilth win is (Mahihkan).

I began my academic journey at Camosun before transferring to the University of Victoria where I earned a BA and MA in Anthropology. I am very happy to be teaching in the Indigenous College Prep, Indigenous Family Support, and Indigenous Studies programs. I am very grateful that I can give back to a department that supported me as a new student.

klecokleco, chuu