It’s one of Vancouver’s most iconic places; however, Stanley Park is also a point of controversy.
While the park is beautiful, many feel that its name represents Canada’s dark colonial past. As a result, there has been a great deal of discussion around changing its name.
Now, the Vancouver Park Board has approved a “colonial audit” regarding First Nations lands in the region.
In 1888, the park was named after Canada’s Governor General, Lord Frederick Stanley. Sadly, the area was important traditional grounds for the local First Nations groups.
And, the park wouldn’t be the first in the province to make this kind of change. For example, the City of Prince George changed the Fort George Park to Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park.
Stanley Park Name Change
Further, Canada isn’t the only nation making changes due to a dark past. In the United States, for instance, confederate statues have recently been removed.
Of course, making these changes won’t erase the legacy of pain caused by decades of colonialism. With that in mind, it does acknowledge the immense suffering of millions of people. As such, it sends a strong message to the public that the government officially recognizes this.
The debate will go to council in September 2018.
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