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Canada’s Place Names and How to Change Them


Canada’s Place Names and How to Change Them

Beck, Lauren (2022) Canada’s Place Names and How to Change Them. Concordia University Press, Montreal. ISBN 9781988111407

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The first book to demonstrate how inadequately place names and visual emblems represent the presence of women, people of colour, and people living with disabilities, Canada’s Place Names and How to Change Them provides an illuminating overview of where these names came from and what they reflect.

This book disentangles the distinct cultural, religious, and historical naming practices and visual emblems in Canada’s First Nations, provinces, territories, municipalities, and federal lands. Starting with a discussion of Indigenous place knowledge and naming practices from several Indigenous and Inuit groups spanning the country, it foregrounds the breadth of possible ways to name places. Lauren Beck then illustrates the naming practices introduced by Europeans and how they misunderstood, mis-rendered, and appropriated Indigenous place names, while scrutinizing the histories of Columbian names, missionary names, and the secular and commemorative names of the last two centuries. She studies key symbols and emblems such as maps, flags, and coats of arms as visual equivalents of place names to show whose identities powerfully inform Canada’s place nomenclature.

This book also documents the policies and authorities that have traditionally governed the creation and modification of names and examines case studies of institutions and communities who have changed their names to demonstrate pathways to change.

Lauren Beck is professor of visual and material culture and the Canada Research Chair in intercultural encounter at Mount Allison University.

Divisions:Concordia University > Concordia University Press
Item Type:Book
Authors:Beck, Lauren
Date:November 2022
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.11573/BCH7-AQ61
ID Code:993123
Deposited By: Saelan Twerdy
Deposited On:16 Nov 2023 19:55
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