Earlier this month, the City of Prince George renamed Fort George Park to Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park.
The reaction on social media was mixed, with some showing support, and others expressing discontent.
Judy Thompson is an assistant professor in the Department of First Nations Studies at UNBC.
She says it isn’t as much as changing a name than reclaiming a name.Thompson says names in First Nations culture are intricately tied with land and identity.
Thompson tells of a conversation she had with a Tahltan elder regarding land claims.
The elder spoke of Crown land, or the Queen’s land, even though the Queen has no ties to that land.
While the elder can point to specific places used by her elders, tying her identity to the land.
The Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park not only acknowledges the First Nations territory on which Prince George is built upon, but also the burning of their village when the band resisted being moved.