Musqueam Nation: Trutch Street’s new name unveiled on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

It’s been more than a year since the city of Vancouver decided to scrap the Trutch Street moniker because it’s named after a racist colonial leader. It seems the new name can’t come fast enough for some.

At least nine street signs on Trutch Street between Broadway and West 15th Avenue were recently destroyed to tell the street “Truth”.

The city said it was made aware of the vandalism on Aug. 3 and dispatched crews on Aug. 4 to fix any altered signs.


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BC mayors want to change the street named after politician Sir Joseph Trutch


BC Mayors to Change Street Named After Politician Sir Joseph Trutch – June 3, 2021

The City Council in July 2021 passed a motion titled “Towards Reconciliation” from Mayor Kennedy Stewart to rename the street due to racist policies toward Indigenous Peoples enacted by BC’s first Lieutenant Governor Joseph Trutch. Before his death in 1904, Trutch was considered an extreme racist.

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The Musqueam First Nation is leading the renaming process.

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The mayor of Vancouver wants to change the street named after British colonial politician Sir Joseph Trutch

“We do not condone people vandalizing or touching anything there,” Chief Wayne Sparrow told Global News Friday night. “We have worked intensively with the city.”

Sparrow said they had hoped to introduce their new naming choice on June 21 to coincide with National Indigenous Peoples Day but needed a little more time to finalize the details.

The new moniker will be unveiled on September 30, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

“It bothered our previous leaders, our ancestors who left, Trutch was the surveyor, he actually surveyed this existing reservation, so it was our leaders back then [who] said that name should be removed,” Sparrow said.


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Vancouver City Council votes to change Trutch Street name – July 9, 2021

“It’s going to be an exciting day as we get recognized in our area and I think the name will have a connection to Musqueam.”

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On July 10, the City of Victoria officially renamed its Trutch Street Su’it Street, which means truth in the Lekwung language.

The capital’s name change had taken nearly five years and began with a student-led movement.

The newly renamed two-block Su’it Street in Victoria is home to Trutch’s former residence, which is now a Grade I listed building.

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