City agrees | Savage Island located near Fredericton
Percy Sacobie wants the island, located seven kilometres west of Fredericton, to be given a name less demeaning to the Wolastoqiyik people.
Sacobie went to city council with the support of Maliseet chiefs from Oromocto, Kingsclear, Tobique, Woodstock, Madawaska and St. Mary's First Nations.
"I think a name change is long overdue," he told council in a written request.
"The name savage is degrading and offensive and in this day of age, as in the past. Such ethnocentric views should not be used to describe a people or a place."
Renaming the island is the morally and ethically right thing to do, Sacobie said.