Si­wash Rock name dis­re­spect­ful to Abo­rig­i­nal Peo­ples, says park board

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The Si­wash Rock in Van­cou­ver’s Stan­ley Park could be re­named if First Na­tions agree its name is dis­re­spect­ful to Abo­rig­i­nal Peo­ples.

The Van­cou­ver park board voted unan­i­mously Wed­nes­day night to work with Coast Sal­ish Na­tions to de­ter­mine if the rock should be re­named, say­ing it’s tak­ing a first step to­ward right­ing “acts of dis­pos­ses­sion and dis­re­spect.”

The word si­wash is a deroga­tory term for an In­dige­nous per­son and comes from Chi­nook jar­gon, which was the first method of com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween Euro­peans and Coast Sal­ish peo­ples. Si­wash is the Chi­nook in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the French word sauvage or sav­age.

The mo­tion adopted by the board called the name an “on­go­ing sym­bol of dis­re­spect.”


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