If you’re travelling west of Williams Lake, chances are you’ll notice some new signs in both English and Tsilhqot’in along Highway 20.
The new distance signs are being installed as part of the BC government’s reconciliation efforts with the Tsilhqot’in Nation.
TNG Tribal Chairman Chief Joe Alphonse says it’s the first time in history that Tsilhqot’in communities will be listed on any provincial signs in BC
Alphonse says the symbolic significance of the action cannot be overlooked, adding that the signs act as an indication of positive steps the Province of British Columbia is taking towards reconciliation.
Transportation minister Todd Stone says the signs honour the history and culture of the Chilcotin region’s original people.
Signs will also go up at the gateways to the Nemiah and Tatlayoko valleys advising travellers they are approaching Tsilhqot’in Title Lands.
The Supreme Court of Canada granted the Tsilhqot’in rights and title to a large swath of territory in a landmark decision last year.