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City chooses new name for Canada Island

SPOKANE, Wash - The parcel of land in Riverfront Park once called Canada Island now has a new name to reflect Spokane's Native American history.

It will now be known as snxʷ meneʔ  (sin-Hoo-men-huh), which is Salish for salmon people.

The city put the two names up for a public vote; the winning name received 60% of the vote. The park board vote was unanimous.

The city will install new signs with the help of the Spokane Tribe. It will also include an audio function so visitors can hear the Salish pronounciation.

Over its history, the plot of land has been called Canada, Cannon and Crystal Island. In the summer of 2016, the Canadian government expressed its support for the name change.

 


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