From Squaw Valley Crescent to Chamonix Crescent: The Renaming Controversy in Whistler, BC

Breya Bergom | | Industry NewsIndustry News
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Squaw Valley Crescent in Whistler, BC, will soon be getting ng a new name. Credit: Braden Dupuis

On July 6, the Whistler, BC, council is to deliberate on changing the name of Squaw Valley Crescent to Chamonix Crescent. Last year, residents of the street proposed three new names.

There were three names proposed to the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW). One of the names was Cortina Crescent, which was the site of the 1956 Winter Olympics and the co-host of the 2026 Olympic Games. The next name was Grenoble Crescent, which was the site of the 1968 games. The final option was Chamonix Crescent which was the site of the first winter Olympics in 1924.

Winter Olympics
All the names considered for Squaw Crescent Valley had some relation to the Olympics. PC: Pixabay

Chamonix Crescent received the most votes from residents of the street. If the council sides with the residents, the RMOW will proceed through the process of changing the name officially.

Lil'Wat First Nations
The Lil’wat and Squamish First Nations will be engaged while the RMOW seeks to revamp its road naming going forward. This process is for more Indigenous language to be incorporated into the Whistler community. This is important because the Whistler community is located on the shared territory of the Lil’wat people. PC: Lil’wat Nation Land Code

The territory of the Whistler community is shared with the Lil’wat people. Over the years, Whistler’s mayor and council have received many requests to change the name. The term squaw is an ethnic and sexual slur that has been historically used to belittle First Nations women.

The council will decide the fate of Squaw Valley Crescent’s new name on July 6.

Whistler Resort
Whistler’s mayor and council have received several requests to change the name over the years. PC: Susan Flynn

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