Dancers performing at the City of Reconciliation Plaza Naming Project ceremony
Dancers performing at the Plaza Naming Project ceremony

Plaza Naming Project

On June 18, 2018, the City of Vancouver, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sə̓lílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) announced two new names for prominent public spaces downtown Vancouver: 

Acknowledging the colonial legacy of naming in Vancouver the plaza naming process sought to return decision-making to the original inhabitants of this land and bring more visibility to the local Indigenous languages and cultures.

šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn (formerly known as the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza)

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šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly the Vancouver Art Gallery north plaza) 

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