Actions matter on the road to reconciliation, and The Chamber applauds the decision by the City of Victoria to rename a municipal throughway Su'it Street. Pronounced "say-EET," the new name is Lekwungen for "truth."
The street had been named for Joseph Trutch, who was born in England and became involved in colonial politics in British Columbia. He was an avowed racist who refused to acknowledge Indigenous treaties and titles.
"With the renaming of this road, the Lekwungen people are not only able to share our native language, but also decolonize a chapter of local history," Songhees Nation Chief Ron Sam said in a media release. "We will continue to work with the City of Victoria to change the narrative on historical figures, and towards a partnership reflective of truth and reconciliation.”
The Chamber continues to work with Indigenous individuals and nations to facilitate inclusion in the broader business community.