The Saskatoon Tribal Council is asking the city to change the name to John A. MacDonald Road following the discovery of 215 bodies of Indigenous children buried at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia.
Tribal Council Chief Mark Arcand says change can present challenges for community residents, the name is a constant reminder to survivors and their families of the atrocities committed within the walls of these schools as a result of John’s role A. Macdonald in promoting and creating the residential school system.
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“There is no disrespect to the community or to anyone, but if there are things we need to do to right the wrongs, we will lead it to the Saskatoon Tribal Council because we all benefit all over this city of things we do together, Arcand said on Thursday.
On Thursday afternoon, Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark and Councilor David Kirton confirmed they would begin the name change process at a committee meeting on June 21.
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“It’s time to make this change and honor the truths residential school survivors shared about the impacts of these schools across generations,” Mayor Clark said in a statement.
“We can work together between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities to ensure this is a process that strengthens understanding of our shared history, while creating a city that reflects the spirit of living in good relationships. together on this earth. “
The name change process will include consultation with Indigenous community leaders, communication with current residents of John A. MacDonald Road, a public education campaign, and a broader review of cost management options and tools needed to change the name.
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The city says the proposed name change is the first in a process already underway with the city’s naming committee.
A review of the names will be presented to the board for deliberation in September.
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