The decision has recently been made to rename the archipelago of more than 150 rugged islands off the north coast of British Columbia, Canada. Previously known as The Queen Charlotte Islands, they were named after The HMS Queen Charlotte, which arrived on
the island in the
summer of 1787. British Captain George Dixon, took the name from the wife of King George III. The scenic and isolated islands will now be called Haida Gwaii as part of a reconciliation protocol between the province and the Haida people, who have lived on the island for thousands of years. In the Haida languane, the name means “Islands of the People”. I have visited the islands myself as a teenager on a trip with my parents, and the remote beaches, ancient totem poles, and abundant wildlife of the ‘Galapagos of the North’ fascinated me so much that I think the islands are breathtakingly beautiful no matter what you call them!