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Engagement Process and Timeline

This process may look and feel different from other municipal processes you have participated in, and we want this process to be responsive to your needs. Details about the process will evolve as we hear more from you.

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who participated in April events. We really appreciate you taking the time to learn more about the history of this area, how places are named, and the experiences and on-going impacts of the Residential School system on Tla'amin People and other Indigenous Peoples.

Upcoming events

We are now in the Conversation Phase of the project and we want to encourage everyone to be curious and kind as we listen to your thoughts and feedback.

Registration is encouraged for these events as it helps us plan our supplies and staffing.

Open Mic Roundtables

We heard you wanted to share more information directly with us. Register now for Open Mic Roundtable sessions:

• Saturday May 7, 10:00am to 1:00pm, Recreation Complex

• Wednesday May 11, 7:00pm to 9:00pm, Recreation Complex

The purpose of these sessions is for us to listen to you. We want to learn directly from city residents and Tla’amin citizens about how this project impacts you and what your thoughts are on the possible name change project.

Registration is required for those who would like to speak, to ensure everyone has a chance to share. Register here. Registration is not required for those who only want to observe.

If registration exceeds capacity, we will draw a lottery. If these sessions are popular, we will look at scheduling more dates.

Human library

Borrow a human ‘book’ and have a one-on-one conversation about Tla’amin experiences, reconciliation and the possible name change project. Conversations will be 15 minutes long. Hosted at the Powell River Public Library. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged for this event. There will also be a small number of drop in times available on the day.


Invite us to come to you

Reach out to invite us to your meeting. We can give a short presentation about the project, answer any questions you may have, and listen to what you and your group has to say. Email: pnc@powellriver.ca to coordinate.

Posters about place names, local history, reconciliation, and residential schools

These materials were displayed at Open House events in April 2022.

How local places got their names, changes in local names, and examples of places around the world that have changed names

Long historical timeline

How long is our history here? and History of Lot 450

City of Powell River and Tla’amin Nation in relationship, and We Are LEADERS!

Canadian History of Residential Schools, and Tla’amin Experience with Residential Schools

Welcome and Survey: What We Heard

Traditional Place Names of the Tla'amin Nation

Between 2016 and 2018 the qathet Museum & Archives partnered with the Tla'amin Nation to document, map, and develop a database of traditional place names within the region. The results of this project can be experienced in person at the qathet Museum & Archives, at the Tla’amin Government House, and online on the City of Powell River website.

Engagement summary:

Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey. We received almost 3800 completed surveys. A very high level summary of what we heard is presented below. More engagement outcomes will be shared once we’ve completed an analysis of your feedback. We are using the outcomes of this survey to design upcoming events.

Our hopes for engagement

  • We don’t know what the outcomes of our conversations together will be. We do know that:

  • We may not always get things right. We are going to do our best and we welcome your feedback about how we might do better - we are here to learn, and we need your help.

  • We want you all to feel you have a place in this conversation and we want you to be included in a way that you feel welcome to share your thoughts, ideas, questions, and concerns.

  • This is an opportunity to learn about an important part of our national and regional history that many of us did not learn about in high school.

  • Having conversations about the name of our city is one way we can move towards reconciliation, but it will not end our reconciliation journey.

  • This process is not meant to erase the past, but to create a brighter future.