Renaming Canada Island at March 9 Park Board

Park Board welcomes community feedback through survey on two Salish name recommendations from the Spokane Tribe

Fianna Dickson, 509.625.6297

Monday, February 6, 2017 at 9:26 a.m.

The Park Board welcomes community feedback prior to selecting a new name for Canada Island in Riverfront Park at the March 9 meeting at 1:30 at City Hall.

The two names offered by the Spokane Tribe at the January Park Board meeting are:

snx'mene' (Salmon people) “Sin-hoo-men-huh”

nk'n'ntew's (a land that causes a fork in the river) “N-coo-en-tehws”


The survey can be found at the redevelopment website: and on the Riverfront Park Facebook page:

Citizens can share further thoughts on the renaming selection with the Park Board by attending meetings (view the schedule at, calling 509-625-6200, emailing, or writing to the Park Board at 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201.


Last year, as part of the redevelopment of Riverfront Park, the City of Spokane Parks and Recreation department began a formal collaboration with the Spokane Tribe to highlight the sacred connection between the island and the tribe, with the goal of ensuring that all people who visit the island in the years to come will know and appreciate its strong native history.

As part of the collaboration, the Spokane Tribe will have a role in working with the Park Board and City of Spokane Parks and Recreation to make decisions around naming, activities, signage and public artwork on the island.

During the Gathering of the Falls Pow Wow in August 2016, a ceremony was held on the island to announce the partnership and renaming. The ceremony included the Consul General of Canada from Seattle, James Hill, who attended to share the Canadian government’s voice of support, along with Mayor Condon, elected officials and members of the Park Board and Spokane Tribe.

Redevelopment details will continue to be updated at