POWELL RIVER REGIONAL DISTRICT TO BE

RENAMED TO qathet REGIONAL DISTRICT

MEDIA RELEASE – July 5, 2018 – qathet Regional District is pleased to announce that on July 5, 2018 notification was received indicating the province’s approval on the requested name change.

The new name enables a distinctive identity; one that is unique, inclusive and to be recognized geographically for decades.

In June of 2017, Elders from Tla’amin Nation gifted the word ‘qathet’ to the Regional District. The word, which is pronounced “KA – thet”, means ‘working together’ and is intentionally lowercase as Tla’amin Nation traditional orthography does not include capital letters.

Public and stakeholder engagement took place throughout the community and ended in October 2017.  Following the end of the engagement process the Regional Board made a formal request to the Honourable Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, that she recommend to the Lieutenant Governor in Council that the name of the Powell River Regional District be changed to “qathet Regional District”.

The name change is a new beginning for qathet Regional District. It will serve as a cultural link with Tla’amin Nation and forge our inter-governmental relationship. Moreover, it will nurture an unmistakable identity for a vast and varied region of land, water, islands, resources, people and culture.

QUOTES:

Patrick Brabazon, Chair, Powell River Regional District

“This is a wonderful evolution for the Regional District. Our new distinct identity will eliminate the confusion associated with having a similar name as the municipality. Further, the gift of this name from Elders of the Tla’amin Nation will serve as a significant cultural connection to Tla’amin and other First Nations in the Region. We graciously accept this gift and give many thanks to the Elders for the name itself and for their time, effort and research, truly an example of “working together” for the benefit of all. I would also like to thank all those who contributed through participation in the public discussions, and those who communicated their opinions to the Regional District. At the Provincial level, thanks must go to the Honourable Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Honourable Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation and Nicholas Simons, MLA for Powell River – Sunshine Coast for their support and advice throughout the process.”

Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

“Our government honours and respects the rights of Indigenous peoples in British Columbia, and we congratulate the qathet Regional District and the Tla’amin Nation for making this change, in a spirit of respect and collaboration for everyone in the community. We all have a role to play in reconciliation, to understand our shared history, and work together to build a better B.C. and I am inspired by the commitment of this local government to do just that.”

Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

“Congratulations to the people of the newly re-named qathet Regional District. Words and names matter. They can help reshape how we imagine and interact with the world, and the places we call home. This is a positive step in our Province as we move forward on reconciliation”

Nicholas Simons, MLA for Powell River – Sunshine Coast

“Congratulations to the qathet Regional District on their new name, a Tla’amin word meaning working together. I look forward to the ongoing and rewarding process of reconciliation, and appreciate all efforts being made towards that goal.”

Enactment of Name Change

The name change to qathet Regional District is enacted by an Order of the Lieutenant Governor in Council, under Local Government Act s. 41 (4) (b) – Order in C No. 354 – July 5, 2018.

Contact:

Patrick Brabazon, Chair
qathet Regional District
Phone: 604-414-5673
Email:brabazon@shaw.ca