New BC ferry named with Kwak’wala word

BC Ferries named their new Island Class vessel “Island Kwigwis”, a Kwak’wala word, which means sea eagle, in a ceremony held on Tuesday, December 14. ‘Namgis elder, former Chief Bill Cranmer blessed the new ferry at the ceremony and unfurled the cover over the name, officially sealing the name of the vessel.
The new ferry will serve the Port McNeill-Sointula-Alert Bay line from the beginning of 2022.
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