Activists call to change provincial name of British Columbia due to colonial past

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Discussion posted by: David McNamara

British Columbia may be getting a makeover as many people are now calling for the province to be renamed, according to The Tyee, as the name doesn’t honour the Indigenous people’s that lived there before the arrival of Europeans. It also glorifies explorer Christopher Columbus. In the wake of George Floyd’s murder, many activists are calling for the statues of controversial historical figures to be taken down and names of cities and streets to be abruptly renamed. The term for this procedure is “iconoclasm” which is the practice of breaking down past idols. The idea is to delegitimize the values of a previous culture and to replace them with new ones.