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Decolonizing highway history markers
Re-worked "Stop of Interest" sign. (Credit: Joanne Hammond)

Decolonizing highway history markers

Re-worked “Stop of Interest” sign. (Credit: Joanne Hammond)

Green “Stop of Interest” signs at scenic stops along B.C.’s highways are ubiquitous.

They often describe a historic event or person, but one Joanne Hammond says they aren’t a true reflection of the province.

She’s an archeologist and anthropologist, as well as an indigenous rights advocate.

When she saw an updated heritage sign, she knew she had to act.

Hammond went ahead and made her own signs, focusing on decolonizing the historic narrative these heritage signs reinforce.

She would like to see the old signs taken down and replaced with new ones, adding the information in them have real impacts on indigenous communities.

Last fall, the Ministry of Transportation announced the signs would be updated along with a public engagement period.

Re-worked “Stop of Interest” sign. (Credit: Joanne Hammond)

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