City begins renaming process for John A. Macdonald Road
To recognize the ongoing harm in the community experienced by those who attended residential schools, Saskatoon City Council approved beginning the process to rename John A. Macdonald Road at their meeting on June 28, 2021.
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.
In the coming months, the City of Saskatoon 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 property owners and residents currently living on John A. Macdonald Road as well as with the broader community to listen to concerns and answer any questions residents may have about the renaming.
There is no action for residents to take right now as the name of the road has not yet been changed. It will take time to complete the engagement process before a new name is determined. In the meantime, the City is looking at options to manage potential costs associated with the address name change and to provide support where possible. Property owners and residents will continue to be provided with updates as available, including timing and next steps.
Saskatoon residents are encouraged to visit the John A. Macdonald engage page, which will be available next week at saskatoon.ca/engage/renaming. Updates will continue to be provided on the City’s website and by mail to property owners and residents of John A. Macdonald Road as the details of the process unfold.