Indigenous name restored to Metro Vancouver’s Belcarra Regional Park

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A Metro Vancouver park has been renamed to include the site’s indigenous name, which officials say will better reflect the history of the area.

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Belcarra Regional Park on Burrard Inlet in Metro Vancouver will also have the indigenous name of temtemíxwten, which local First Nations say translates to “the greatest place for all people”.

The Metro Vancouver Regional District maintains that the park and area was the site of the largest ancestral village in the country.

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Tsleil-Waututh State Chief Jane Thomas says the name change is important for acknowledging the group’s history in the area.

In February 2020, the nation and the regional district signed an agreement that formalized the ongoing cooperation between the two groups, and the name change is one of the projects.

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Metro Vancouver Board of Directors Chairman Shaw Dhaliwal said in a statement that the district is pleased to bring more awareness to the region about the country’s history.

The park’s signage will be changed over the next few months to reflect the new name.

“Through our traditional name, language and artwork present in the park, Tsel-Vauth is putting the face of our country back in the region, demonstrating to our next generation the importance of being stewards of our land and waters,” said Chief Administrative Officer Ernie George says in a written statement.

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