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Wolastoqey First Nations chiefs have formally requested that New Brunswick change the name of the St. John River to Wolastoq. Answering a call put out by Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Tammy Scott-Wallace in April, who said the province was hoping for consultations on names that could better reflect First Nations languages, the chiefs sent their letter at the end of May. It would be a restoration of sorts, considering the river’s been known as Wolastoq for much longer than it’s gone by Saint John. “It should never have been changed to Saint John in the beginning,” says Madawaska Maliseet First Nation Chief Patricia Bernard.

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