‘Keep Canada’s Place Names’

The river has memory, the water in the river has a memory and she remembers her original name, the name that she carried for thousands and thousands and thousands of years.”

“Wolastoqi {Maliseet} leaders say officially changing the name of the St. John River to ‘Wolastoq’ would greatly help their cause.

{Aboriginals comprise 3% of the population of New Brunswick, 4% of Fredericton residents, and 2% of the population of St. John.}

It would be a very big move in {one-way} ‘reconciliation’”,

said St. Mary’s chief Alan Polchies.

“The Wolastoqiyik say the river was renamed St. John by Samuel de Champlain without their consultation. They still refer to it by its traditional name. Wolastoqiyik consider the river a grandmother, and Polchies said he will invite all of the chiefs to the water to introduce themselves to her.

“Elder Imelda Perley agreed it would be

a really big gesture, and a really big treaty promise that’s gifted back.”
{There is no “treaty promise” to be “gifted back”!}

“She said the St. John River label makes it harder to preserve ‘indigenous’ {aboriginal} identity.

Our {former} place names have been ‘colonized’ in a way where it’s legislated now”,
Perley said.

“David Perley, the retiring director of the Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre at the University of New Brunswick, said he believes ‘indigenous’ {aboriginal} languages are
emerging from the shadows of the ‘colonial’ {Canadian} structure“…

“He agreed he’d like to see more Wolastoqey language displayed throughout Fredericton.He feels language revival has to be a community effort that includes non-‘indigenous’ ‘allies’
who are compassionate people, who are good-hearted people and who are committed to ‘social justice’“.

We’re so gifted to have many ‘nations’ within the territory here”,
said chief Polchies of St. Mary’s.

“He’s been working with the City of Fredericton to negotiate a ‘friendship accord’. He’d also like to see a flag or some other nod to the Wolastoqiyik and their ‘unceded {ancestors’ former} territory’ at City Hall…

“The provincial Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture would not say whether the government is interested in changing the name of the river or doing anything toward that end. But it acknowledged the importance of the river to the Wolastoqiyik…”

–‘Wolastoqi leaders renew call for St. John River name change’,
CBC News, Apr. 05, 2019

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/saint-john-river-wolastoq-1.5084559

COMMENT: “Sadly we have become a society that wants to right every wrong, no matter how small, that has ever been committed in the entire history of humanity. It is madness. I believe it is far more important to work on correcting current problems and not dwell on the past so much.”
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“The language is dying from lack of use. The culture is dying due to progress. Maybe it’s time to move on and embrace the future.”
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“So, if you get your name change, will we still have to keep paying out of pocket for ‘reconciliation’?”
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“Even if Sam did consult with them, they wouldn’t have an idea WTF Sam was talking about anyhow. I am all for them for keeping their heritage and language alive, but enough is enough.”
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“Does anyone actually think that by changing a name, that it would preserve a language, or help anything, or anyone? How about all the other cultures living in N.B.; maybe they might want to rename the river as well, or maybe just rename the province itself…or for that matter, just rename everything in Canada.”
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“I feel i need reconciliation as well…who should i talk to for reparation? My ancestral genes hurt!”
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“Reconciliation is about action being taken by NON-‘indigenous’ people for the betterment of ‘indigenous’ people and culture. We do that already and have been for decades. Its called ‘paying taxes’.”

St. John River. (Submitted by Nancy Hall-CBC)

“At a three-hour “reclaiming ceremony” on Saturday at Fredericton’s Morell Park, elders and representatives from ‘First Nations’ {aboriginal communities} across the province and one from Quebec read out letters of support.

It’s important for us to reclaim the names that define our relationships with our places”,
said Sherri Mitchell, representing the Penobscots of Maine.
And so we don’t look at our rivers and our lands as resources.”

{American Indians interfere far too often in Canadian affairs.
And not looking at rivers and lands as resources is why aboriginals continue to need the financial support of Canadian taxpayers…}

“The province did not respond to a request for comment Friday but previously said there is too much red tape to make the change because the river spans two countries…

“Traditional grandmother {?} Alma Brooks said remembering how people treated the river before it was renamed “without permission” may make people respect the land more.

The river has memory, the water in the river has a memory and she remembers her original name, the name that she carried for thousands and thousands and thousands of years”,
Brooks said…
{What hallucinogenic nonsense…}

–‘Wolastoqyik people hold river ‘reclaiming’ ceremony’,
Hadeel Ibrahim, CBC News, June 24, 2018
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/wolastoqyik-river-wolastoq-st-john-renaming-1.4719808

Elders arrive in canoes after crossing the St. John River. Aboriginal groups want the river renamed ‘Wolastoq’ in Maliseet. (Hadeel Ibrahim-CBC)

“The Gallant government says it’s not pushing ahead with a proposed name change to the St. John River, despite internal documents showing officials warmed up to the idea after initially rejecting it…”
{That’s how pressure works…}

–‘Bureaucrats see ‘logical’ case for restoring Wolastoq as St. John River’s name’,
Jacques Poitras, CBC News, Apr. 26, 2018
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/st-john-river-name-change-gallant-wolastoq-1.4635827
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3 Comments

  1. Pathetic bullies who never, EVER had claim to anything because they DO NOT hold title or paid for anything!!!! They commandeer every damn thing!!!

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  2. It’s called respect. But you do not seem to understand what it is.

    Are you still there to criticize them? But what are you doing FOR them and WITH them?
    Nothing? That’s what I thought. You’re too “busy”…

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    1. Our group includes aboriginals and people of mixed heritage, so, yes — we are doing something “FOR them and WITH them”. We also recognize that most aboriginals wish to be part of contemporary culture — not some romanticized and idealized version of a long gone past — and are not interested in token gestures that do nothing to improve their lives. P.S. Respect is a two-way street…

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