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Richmond’s Trutch Avenue will be renamed after Steven Point

Steven Point was the first Indigenous lieutenant-governor of B.C.
Steven Point
Former B.C. lieutenant-governor Steven Point.

A name associated with colonialism will be removed from Richmond’s Terra Nova neighbourhood.

Trutch Avenue will be renamed to Point Avenue to honour former B.C. lieutenant-governor Steven Point, who was the first Indigenous person to hold this office.

Point was a resident of Steveston and has close ties to Richmond, explained Mayor Malcolm Brodie when he made the announcement at Monday’s council meeting.

There are also many Musqueam people from the Point family who live in Steveston.

Point served as lieutenant-governor from 2007 to 2012.

JosephTrutch, the first lieutenant-governor of B.C. was known for his contempt for First Nations and actively worked against land claims.

In fact, Trutch reduced some First Nations reserves by up to 90 per cent and spoke with open contempt for Indigenous people.

Trutch denied the existence of treaties signed in the 1850s by James Douglas, the former governor of B.C.

Vancouver is also planning to rename Trutch Street, located on the city's west side.

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