“There was some discussion of changing the name of the Northwest Territories after the splitting off of Nunavut, possibly to a term from an Aboriginal language. One proposal was “Denendeh” (an Athabaskan language word meaning “our land”), as advocated by the former premier Stephen Kakfwi, among others. One of the most popular proposals for a new name – one to name the territory “Bob” – began as a prank, but for a while it was at or near the top in the public-opinion polls.”
I cannot believe people were seriously supporting naming a Canadian territory “Bob”. an entire territory.
that is the most Canadian I have ever heard of, hey guys can you name the Canadian provinces and territories? yknow, Ontario, Quebec, Yukon, Alberta, Bob.
Carey Price (Ulkatcho First Nation) wins Gold Medal in Olympics!
Carey Price of the Ulkatcho First Nation won a Gold Medal as part of Team Canada at the Sochi Olympics! Price was integral to the finals as he kept most goals out the net. He was especially integral in today’s game as he has a shutout.
I’m sorry, but I could not hold back. This level of idiocy… I can’t even. More like naming it McKinley is a cultural insult to the Koyukon Athabaskans (or Na-Dené tribe) that have lived there for at least two centuries, before the first Europeans (Russians) arrived, naming the mountain the Russian equivalent to Denali, because you know, they had been trading with coastal eskimos for years beforehand and had some respect for the natives.
FUN FACT: The first man to ever reach the top of Mt. McKinley was a Koyukon, and his name was Walter Harper.
So don’t tell me, Donald J. Trump, that this is an insult to Ohio. I can tell you that President McKinley did not climb to the top of that mountain, he did not put a plaque on the mountain saying “This is my mountain.” No one owns that mountain. It is a mountain. So sit the fuck down and superglue your hair back on.
The Athabascan people traditionally lived in Interior Alaska, an expansive region that begins south of the Brooks Mountain Range and continues down to the Kenai Peninsula. There are eleven linguistic groups of Athabascans in Alaska.
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Today I learned that Mount McKinley, the highest mountain in the United States, will officially be renamed back to Denali, the Alaska Native name it had before being “discovered” by white Americans.
The story of how it came to be named Mount McKinley is pretty dumb, honestly:
The mountain came to be known as Mount McKinley after a gold prospector who had just emerged from exploring the Alaska Range heard that [William] McKinley had won the Republican presidential nomination [in 1896], and declared that the tallest peak should be named in his honor as a show of support. Mr. McKinley was assassinated in 1901, six months into his second term, and never visited Alaska.
Denali, which means “the high one” or “the great one,” plays an important role in the creation myth of the Koyukon Athabaskan native population. There has been a longstanding fight over the name of the mountain between Alaskan Native populations on the one hand and politicians from Ohio (where President McKinley was born) on the other.
The move is part of a push by President Obama to fulfill a campaign promise to improve relations between the federal government and Native American tribes. He is the first sitting President to visit tribal land in 15 years.