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Nov. 10, 2023
A petition calling on the B.C. government to recognize Tinwis as the official name of the beach has gathered more than 1,600 signatures.
A Tofino-area First Nation wants popular Mackenzie Beach to return to its Indigenous name: Tinwis.
In the language of the Tla-o-qui-aht Nation, “tin” means “calm” and “wis” means “beach.” Together, they mean “calm waters.”
A change.org petition calling on the B.C. government to recognize Tinwis as the official name has gathered more than 1,600 signatures.
“Our goal is to see 5,000 signatures,” Tla-o-qui-aht natural-resources manager Saya Masso said. “We hope to create a little bit of a stir and keep seeing progress.”
The issue will be on the agenda for the Tofino council meeting on Tuesday, following a request by several councillors.