May 22, 2013 07:17
from Teddy Jenner
Looking to take back what they feel is rightfully theirs members of the Wsanec First Nations and hundreds of others hiked up Mount Doug tonight to place a new sign.
Mount Doug has historical significance to the Saanich First nations as it was the place where the Douglas Treaty was first signed back in 1852.
However Hereditary Chief Eric Pelkey says Europeans quickly violated terms of that treaty by ignoring promises not to interfere with the Saanich people.
So now they are looking to rename the Victoria land-mark to its indigenous name of Pkols.
Saanich Mayor Frank Leonard is unaware of an official application for the name change but makes it clear that it would have to go through the provincial level to be made official.