Public asked to help name newest Saskatoon bridge
- EFN Staff | September 26, 2017
Since nominations opened in July, all members of the community have been invited to submit names for the North Commuter Parkway Bridge in Saskatoon that either acknowledge an Aboriginal historical event or figure, represent the spirit of community, coming together, or connection.
A series of public information sessions are being planned in October for citizens to get involved with naming the North Commuter Parkway Bridge.
“We’re striving to be inclusive and ensuring all Saskatoon citizens have an opportunity to get involved in the reconciliation process by nominating a name for the North Commuter Parkway Bridge.” says Harry Lafond, Executive Director, Office of the Treaty Commissioner. “It’s essential First Nations, Métis and all members of our diverse community can see themselves represented in the naming of our shared public spaces, such as bridges, parks and streets.”
The community-led project responds to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action #79: Participate in a strategy to commemorate Aboriginal People’s history and contributions to Canada.
“Naming the bridge shows our community’s commitment to answering the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and the process of reconciliation,” says Shirley Isbister, President of Central Urban Métis Federation Inc. “Reconciliation is what is going to move Saskatoon forward by uniting our community and building positive and mutually beneficial relationships.”
Citizens can nominate online or in-person at a number of general public information sessions planned, including specific sessions targeting groups such as youth, seniors/old people and people living with disabilities.
For more details on how to nominate online and information sessions, visit Saskatoon.ca/namethencp.
All qualified names received through the naming project will be added to the master names list for use in naming future civic infrastructure. The nomination period will be open until October 31st.
Under the City of Saskatoon’s Strategic Goal of Quality of Life, this project supports the recognition of our built, natural, and cultural heritage.