Metro Vancouver park renamed to reflect original history

Tsleil-Waututh Nation Chief Jen Thomas says the name change is important in recognizing the group’s history in the area.

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A Metro Vancouver park has been renamed to include the place’s original name, which officials say will better reflect the area’s history.

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Belcarra Regional Park on Burrard Inlet in Metro Vancouver will also have the original name təmtəmíxʷtən (pronounced tum-tum-YOUFF’-ton), which I translate to “greatest place for all people.”

The Metro Vancouver Regional District says the park and area were the site of the country’s largest ancestral village.

Tsleil-Waututh Nation Chief Jen Thomas says the name change is important in recognizing the group’s history in the area.

In February 2020, the nation and the regional circle signed an agreement that formalized an ongoing collaboration between the two groups, and the name change is one of the projects.

Sav Dhaliwal, chairman of the Metro Vancouver board, said in a statement that the district is happy to bring more attention to the nation’s history in the area.

The park’s signage will be changed over the next few months to reflect the new name.

“Through our traditional name, language and works of art present in the park, Tsleil-Waututh puts the face of our nation back on the territory and demonstrates to our next generation the importance of being stewards of our countries and waters,” the chief executive officer Ernie George says in the written statement.

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