Victoria’s controversial Trutch Street will be renamed in a ceremony this weekend
A ceremony will take place this weekend to rename Victoria’s controversial Trutch Street as Su’it Street, the Lekwungen translation of truth.
In February, Victoria City Council voted unanimously to rename the controversial Trutch Streeta 200 meter long road, which connects Richardson Street and Fairfield Road.
“I think it’s a small but important symbolic step that is long overdue,” Coun said. Jeremy Loveday in February when the change was announced.
“I think it’s a good step and a step we should take, and I think it was approached in a thoughtful way.”
A petition created last year…Remove Joseph Trutch’s name from Trutch Street– said the 19th century politician “created racist policies that displaced Indigenous people in British Columbia and beyond.”
In June 2021, City Council asked staff to report on the implications of renaming the road to “Truth Street” while inviting the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations and local residents to share their feedback.
With 116 addresses registered in Trutch Street, the city received 31 responses. Twenty-one supported the name change, while eight supported the change but not the proposed name “Truth”.
After discussions with Mayor Lisa Helps and city councillors, the First Nations suggested using səʔit – the lekwungen translation of truth, written as so’it in English letters.
According to the city, the updated road signs will include both Lekwungen spelling and English spelling, at no direct cost to people wishing to make a residential address name change with government agencies.
Now, the City of Victoria will install the new Su’it Street (pronounced EET) sign in a ceremony at 1 p.m. this Sunday.
Mayor Helps and members of the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations will open the event and speak about the importance of the new name and the student movement behind the name change.
A Testimony Ceremony and Native Blessing by members of the Shaker Faith will follow before the event concludes with the unveiling of the new signage.