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The past haunts new pavilion – Prince George Citizen

by ahnationtalk on June 13, 2018114 Views

June 12, 2018

Even 60 years ago, long before Canada’s original inhabitants became politically active, before Aboriginal, First Nations, and Indigenous became the words they are today, when residential schools were still common, there was still decency.

That’s where the unnamed city official speaking to The Citizen in May 1958 was coming from, reacting to the news parts of the cemetery in Fort George Park had been plowed over and the headstones removed the previous fall.

“A graveyard is a sacred thing that people do not remove,” the city official said.

It wasn’t removed in its entirety but there’s no doubt that the original cemetery was once larger than the existing plot today. It took until 2015 but renaming Prince George’s popular park as Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park was appropriate and long overdue, considering a cemetery is the most important feature on the site.

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