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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-07-2018, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
Scaling New Heights
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Gibsons, BC
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Default First Nations Mountain Names

As I have been reading Bruce Fairley's awesome Guide to Climbing + Hiking in SW BC, I have been thinking alot about the politics of naming geological features in our region.

In our day and age of reconciliation, I wonder if we will ever see the re-naming of mountains/geological features in BC back to original First Nations names? For example, Mount Garibaldi being changed back to the Squamish name Nch'Kay. I live in Gibsons, BC where the local mountain (Mt. Elphinstone) was named for an English admiral who apparently never actually set foot in the area...fully sketchy if you ask me. In the climbing world, obviously you want to honour first ascents and all, but what about place names that have existed here for 1000s of years previous to European settlement? I find it fascinating to think about - what do you think?
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