Prince George City Councillor Murry Krause has put forward a recommendation to rename Fort George Park.
He’s suggesting it be called Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park, in recognition of the Aboriginal people who made their homes on the site. Krause says renaming the park would respectfully commemorate the people who were removed from their land in 1913.
“We could do acts of reconciliation that are extraordinary and I think Prince George should do that,” Krause says.
‘Memorial’ refers to the burial grounds that sit within the park. The recommendation, along with a call for a Lheidli T’enneh flag outside Prince George City Hall, goes before council Monday.
“We would be honoured if something does happen or if some good comes out of it,” says Lheidli T’enneh Chief Dominic Frederick. “We don’t really care what other people think. We’ve been here forever and we’re not going anywhere.”
Krause is hoping the new name and flag can be unveiled on Sunday, June 21, as part of National Aboriginal Day.