Royal Assent, ȽÁU,WELNEW/John Dean Park

May 14, 2019, at 17:05:10, BC’s Bill 16 – 2019, received Legislative approval.


May 16, 2019, BC’s Bill 16 – 2019, received Royal Assent.


ȽÁU,WELNEW is best pronounced as Tlay will nook; the traditional name has been added, nothing has been lost.


Here’s the link and mapping to watch the third reading of Bill 16, which passed on May 14, 2019, at 17:05:10.

Select: Tuesday, May 14, 2019, Afternoon – House, Chamber Video. Watch time 4:57 to 5:06pm. Especially look for MLA Adam Olsen’s statement and question at 4:58, and the Minsters following response. Watch until 5:06pm. Adam – well done, thank-you!


I’m so pleased this has happened. Since my grade 3 (1983-84), I’ve been keenly aware of the sacredness of the mountain atmosphere. A few years later, I worked with BC Parks to bring three traditional trail names into the park: SLEKTAIN, THUNDERBIRD, and ȽÁU,WELNEW were approved. By spring 1991 new posts and sings were installed by myself (age 16). In 1995, the name Raven Creek was added, and since then I’ve maintained and replaced the posts and signs as needed. The fact that these names were accepted and never touched by anyone is an amazing testament towards overall long-time acceptance, and now love of these names. Adam Olsen, thank-you so much for properly adding the mountains name to this amazing park.


Thank-you John Dean (1850-1943) for saving your intact property, and for inspiring future land additions to the park which you created in 1921.


I am pleased to present this new name: ȽÁU,WELNEW/John Dean Park


Global News, May 4, 2019

Indigenous students convince B.C. government to change name of provincial park” WATCH: A group of B.C. indigenous students has successfully petitioned the NDP government to change the name of a provincial park on the Saanich Peninsula to reflect the area’s First Nations’ heritage.


Best, Jarrett


  1. Joyce Chappell
    Posted May 23, 2019 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    This is a very big accomplishment, which took a lot of arduous hours of work as well as dedication. I’m so very proud of you.

  2. Jennifer D-L [Ontario, Canada]
    Posted May 24, 2019 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    Thank you, Jarrett, not only for your lifetime of stewardship over our ancestor’s sacred mountain property, but also for your role in connecting members of the Dean family to the renaming process. We deeply appreciated being asked to weigh in on the proposal, and the family is thrilled with the final decision. We feel this process and its outcome is a shining example of how distinct groups can work together harmoniously to reach equally satisfying results. If only the whole world worked this way.

  3. T.L. Jones [Germany]
    Posted May 24, 2019 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    Posted by Jarrett – “Thanks again for including me in these mails. I think what you have achieved is fantastic. As a distant family relative l am very proud of the Dean family. My own Grandfather would be very moved by your efforts.

    All the best to you and thanks again, Tim”

  4. J.W. [England]
    Posted May 24, 2019 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    Posted by Jarrett – “We all think you have done such a fantastic job, and as long as the name John Dean is kept, which I am glad to see is your choice too, I think it is wonderful. The history of the park and the indigenous people’s name of the mountain married together, will help to sustain and increase interest, and hopefully more volunteers like you will come forward who want to manage the area for future generations to enjoy. Well done for your large part in protecting the park and its name!!! I attach a couple of photos of Uncle John, Jean, myself and the younger John Brown who visited there. We all support the change of name to LAU WELNEW/John Dean Park. Uncle John would like to write to you personally by post. Thanks Jarrett and I still want to come and visit!! Jan (nee Brown, Granddaughter of Bay Brown).”

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