Residential School Legacy
Supports for Residential School Survivors & Their Families
|National Indian Residential School Crisis Line:
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|First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness 24/7 Help Line:
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Initiatives & Updates
Renaming of John A. Macdonald Road
John A. Macdonald played a significant role in the development of Canada’s Indian residential school system. Residential schools took Indigenous children away from their families, cultures and languages to assimilate them - so they would no longer exist as distinct peoples.
Residential schools were responsible for the hunger, neglect, abuse and death of thousands of Indigenous children in Canada. Indigenous families today continue to experience this pain, grief, loss and inter-generational trauma.
Saskatoon seeks to be a welcoming and inclusive place to live, where every resident feels a sense of belonging. On June 28, 2021, Saskatoon City Council approved beginning the process to rename John A. Macdonald Road, to recognize the ongoing harm in the community experienced by residential schools. The City of Saskatoon is also committed to raising awareness and understanding of residential schools and their ongoing impacts.
What Does Renaming a Road Involve?
There may be costs associated with the address name change for property owners and residents of John A. Macdonald Road. The City is looking at options to manage these costs and to provide support where possible. There is no action for residents to take right now as the name of the road has not yet been changed. The City will continue to provide impacted residents with updates as available, including timing and next steps.
The City will be engaging with Indigenous leaders, Survivors, Elders and Knowledge Keepers on a new name. In addition, the City will host public information sessions with impacted residents to listen to concerns and answer any questions they may have about the renaming.
The City is creating a new process to look at the naming, recognition and celebration of the histories of Indigenous peoples and other diverse communities in Saskatoon. This Legacy Review will provide a way to look at the renaming of other streets and city facilities in the future and make the city a safer and more equitable place for all. More information on the Legacy Review is forthcoming.
Learn more about the engagement process or leave a comment at saskatoon.ca/engage/renaming.
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