A Prince George councillor is proposing the city rename Fort George Park to Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park.
Murry Krause is proposing the name change as part of the city’s centennial celebrations.
While Fort George Park may be scenic, that belies it’s turbulent history.
The park is on the traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, and was once their reserve.
The band was forced from the land after a dispute with the railway.
Krause says the city’s anniversary committee consulted with the Lheidli T’enneh, and together they came up with the proposal.
Besides being a former reserve, Fort George Park is also the site of Lheidli T’enneh burial sites.
Krause says changing the name of the park will be a meaningful and important way to acknowledge the history of Prince George.
The proposal will be presented to Prince George city council on Monday, and Krause hopes it’ll pass unanimously and in time for National Aboriginal Day.
He also says the costs related to changing the name of the park will be marginal.