Areas on Sunshine Coast are undergoing name changes to reflect the language, culture and heritage of local Indigenous peoples.
In co-operation with the shíshálh Nation, the Province has restored the name of the Wilson Creek community to ts’uḵw’um.
This name will be shared with the nearby creek.
The water feature of Saltery Bay has also restored its name of sḵelhp. Both ts’uḵw’um and sḵelhp are ancient names in the shíshálh language.
ts’uḵw’um refers to an important shíshálh village site, while sḵelhp was the historic name used to refer to Saltery Bay, though the original meaning of the word has been lost to time.
Input during the comment period for these name changes showed broad support for their cultural significance, BC said.
“This is a good step on the path of reconciliation,” said hiwus (Chief) Warren Paull of the shíshálh Nation.
“Recognizing the original names of the area has great meaning to our people and is one aspect of revitalizing our language. We appreciate the support of our provincial and regional district partners. Working together, we are charting a new, respectful and co-operative future for shíshálh members and all those who live within our swiya.”
The 2018 Foundation Agreement between the shíshálh Nation and the provincial government includes consideration of several changes back to shíshálh place names.
The agreement also includes the transfer of land to shíshálh, funds for shíshálh to purchase timber volume and commitments for co-operation on land-use planning and shared decision-making.