CANMORE, Alberta. – The Government of Alberta says an important landmark in the Rocky Mountains has been renamed in the spirit of reconciliation.
The report’s offensive name on Mount Charles Stewart combines a derogatory term for an Indigenous woman and slang for a woman’s breast. The name had been in use since the 1920s and many considered it racist and misogynistic.
The formation, visible from the mountain town of Canmore, will now be known by its original name Anû Kathâ Îpa, or Bald Eagle Peak. It is the traditional name used by the Stoney Nakoda Nation. The elders had already revealed the name change last September.
In a statement, Chiniki First Nation Chief Aaron Young said the Stoney Nakoda have a “deep and lasting respect” for the women in their community and are happy that the term racist has been dropped.
An official name change means that the landmark will be updated in provincial and federal place name databases and maps.
The struggle to change the name lasted for many years. Two Canmore lawyers had been working since 2014 to come up with an official name for the monument.
There have also been at least two attempts to change the name, but both were rejected by the board of directors of the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation. One contained the second half of the old name and another was not a traditional indigenous name.
The landmark’s derogatory nickname has been used in several hiking and climbing guides, on Google maps, and on many trail websites, although some have removed it.
A mountain in Banff National Park with a name that Indigenous communities find offensive must also be renamed. The province says it is working with Parks Canada and First Nations to find a replacement.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 23, 2021.