For decades, the wards -- the political districts -- in the City of Edmonton had "Euro-centric" names. But Edmonton and its environs have, throughout history, been a cross-roads and meeting-place for Indigenous people. In 2020, following a request by a group of Indigenous elders and as part of its commitment to further reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, the city launched a project to give the wards new names.
In this reprise of their highly popular presentation at the 2021 IAP2 North American Virtual Conference, leaders of the public engagement process in this initiative will share how the Indigenous Ward Naming Initiative was developed. A group of Indigenous women led the effort and in December, 2020, the twelve wards were given new names, reflecting the variety of language groups in the area.
As one member of the committee put it, "it is time for us to be seen". Watch a video about the initiative here.
Learn the how and why of such a project, and gain some insights for furthering reconciliation in your own work.