To the Editor,
Having read about the proposed name change of Sproat Lake and in the spirit of reconciliation, I’d like to comment.
Being part of a family who have enjoyed owned property on Sproat Lake for generations, I (we) would find it difficult to totally lose the Sproat name. Mr. Gilbert Malcolm Sproat was a contributing member of the Port Alberni community and I feel nothing in his history disparages his name.
I propose, as a gesture to all those who recognize any need for reconciliation with this name change, that any new signage (roads/maps etc.) include both the indigenous name and of Sproat Lake. After all isn’t this part of what reconciliation is all about; recognizing the past and the present together?