Prince Rupert councilor Joy Thorkelson is getting ready to table a motion that would see the community take steps to better represent local First Nations.
100 per cent of Rupert streets and parks have English names, but Thorkelson says 75 per cent of those should be changed to the Tsimshian and other local languages to better reflect the first nations culture of the area as well as being a step toward reconciliation. The only current names that wouldn’t be part of her plan are those streets and parks names after an individual.
Under her motion, names would be submitted to city officials by First Nations.
So far, Thorkelson says she has wide spread support for her plan.
Her motion is expected to be on the agenda of an up coming council meeting.