Some members of Moricetown First Nation are looking to change their name.
Moricetown was named after a Catholic priest that went through the area in the 1800’s but some individuals are looking to change that name back to Wiset.
A petition is circulating that would look at reclaiming the Witsuwit’en language, reverting the band back to its original name.
Lucy Gagnon is the Executive Director of the Band and she says the original proposal to change the name was three years ago, and this petition is just pushing forward that idea.
Wiset in Witsuwit’en describes where the river and the Moricetown Canyon meet and drops into the drainage.
The petition has about 100 signatures of the band’s 2000 members, 700-800 of which live on reserve. Members intend on keeping the
petition alive until they get as many people to sign on as possible.
Any name change will have to go through a vote by band council. Gagnon says the swearing in ceremony for the new chief and council takes place tonight. Once they have their first meeting, they will discuss looking in to implementing the name change.
The petition is currently located at the Museum, the health centre and the band office. Members plan on bringing it to the office of the Wet’suwet’en in downtown Smithers as well.