Sign of the Times
New sign is put into place – image courtesy City of Prince George
Prince George, B.C. – Just two days before the Canada Day celebrations at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park, the new park sign has been installed.City Council approved the name change on June 15th of last year, but the new signage was just installed this afternoon.
The renaming of the park from Fort George Park, has sparked a great deal of controversy in the community with some residents complaining there should have been public consultation on the matter.
At the time of the renaming, Councillor Murry Krause, who had worked with the Lheidli T’enneh on the issue, told his Council colleagues it was a move made in the spirit of reconciliation “I really do believe that acts of reconciliation need to be extraordinary in order to be sincere ” said Councillor Krause. He said the inclusion of the word ‘Memorial’ was a request by Chief Dominic Frederick because of the known cemetery that is located on the property and the fact there may well be many more Lheidli graves there than have already been identified. Krause said the real shame is that the history of the City has doesn’t tell the story of how the Lheidli people were forced from that site and their homes burned.
The renaming of the park was unanimously supported by Prince George City Council.