Arrow-right Camera
Subscribe now

Keep Canada Island name

Once again, the city is moving to rename something. Last time it was Columbus Day; this time it is Canada Island. Both changes meant to honor the indigenous peoples of the Americas. While I have worked with and admire our tribal neighbors, let’s remember that if it weren’t for the European explorers and settlers, we wouldn’t be here. There wouldn’t be a city of Spokane because the earlier inhabitants were nomadic, visiting only on an occasional basis.

It’s great to respect them, but not at the expense of ignoring the contributions of others. Many Spokanites (myself included) have family and other ties to Canada. Indeed, the early non-native explorers were from Canada. The city made a commitment to Canada when the island was named after Expo ‘74. Let’s honor that commitment.

We already have a number of native-themed names; let’s keep some of the ones we have that honor other contributors to this area.

Suzanne Harris


Letters policy

The Spokesman-Review invites original letters on local topics of public interest. Your letter must adhere to the following rules:

  • No more than 250 words
  • We reserve the right to reject letters that are not factually correct, racist or are written with malice.
  • We cannot accept more than one letter a month from the same writer.
  • With each letter, include your daytime phone number and street address.
  • The Spokesman-Review retains the nonexclusive right to archive and re-publish any material submitted for publication.

Unfortunately, we don’t have space to publish all letters received, nor are we able to acknowledge their receipt. (Learn more.)

Submit letters using any of the following:

Our online form
Submit your letter here
Letters to the Editor
The Spokesman-Review
999 W. Riverside Ave.
Spokane, WA 99201
(509) 459-3815

Read more about how we crafted our Letters to the Editor policy