Squaw: A New Name: Slhanay

The Squaw now has a new name, one suggested by the Squamish First Nation: Slhanay. It will be adopted by the various governmental agencies with jurisdiction in the area. Recognizing the undercurrent of implications with the word “Squaw”, some climbers have been working toward a long term solution that was acceptable to the Squamish First Nation. Most recently, Kevin McLane on behalf of the SAS, was able to spearhead an initiative to reach that solution. Check out the following article from the Squamish Chief for more information.

  1. What is the phonetic pronunciation of the new name?

  2. We contacted the Squamish Nation and were told that “slhánay̓”, using English phonetics, might sound like “sss-thlah-nigh”.

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