August 15, 2018
Naming a new Saskatoon bridge to honour Indigenous heritage heralded a new era for city hall, but the people involved also encountered racism, a city council committee heard.
The process for naming the new Chief Mistawasis Bridge entailed an unprecedented level of community engagement and also involved the Indigenous community.
The name for the new north bridge, scheduled to open for vehicle traffic in October, was announced in June after months of consultations on four finalists.
Mistawasis, also known as Pierre Belanger, was the Cree chief who helped negotiate and signed Treaty 6. The aim of the bridge naming procedure was to find a way to honour Indigenous heritage in line with the recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
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