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Wolastoqi leaders renew call for St. John River name change – CBC

by ahnationtalk on April 5, 201965 Views

St. Mary’s chief and some elders say St. John should revert to Wolastoq to help preserve Indigenous language

Apr 05, 2019

As the University of New Brunswick hosts a conference on Indigenous language revival, Wolastoqi leaders say officially changing the name of the St. John River to Wolastoq would greatly help their cause.

“It would be a very big move in 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.

Polchies is hosting the Assembly of First Nations Chiefs annual meeting in June and hinted that would be an ideal occasion for the province to make the change.

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