April 24, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Twelve geographical names in New Brunswick have officially been changed.
Wellness, Culture and Sport Minister Hédard Albert approved the changes, based on the recommendations of the New Brunswick toponymy steering committee.
"The names of geographic features such as mountains and rivers reflect our heritage and the realities that our ancestors faced while settling in the province," Albert said. "These changes allow us to be respectful of our cultural communities and allow interested individuals and communities to participate in naming the geographic features in their regions. I appreciate the work undertaken by the committee in researching the proposals."
The minister has approved the following changes:
Recommendations are made by the steering committee, whose members represent the anglophone, francophone and Aboriginal communities.
These decisions will be forwarded to the Geographical Names Board of Canada (GNBC). The GNBC is responsible for making appropriate changes to the Gazetteer of Canada, where all official place names are listed.
The term Toponymy refers to the official place names of geographic features as well as the procedure that administers the official granting of names to geographic and administrative entities.
The toponymy steering committee is a public mechanism enabling interested communities to participate in the identification and establishment of names throughout New Brunswick.
MEDIA CONTACT: Danielle Phillips, communications, Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport, 506-457-6445.