The new name of the north commuter bridge is Chief Mistawasis.
Chief Mistawasis, also known as Pierre Belanger, was the head of the Prairie Tribe and signed Treaty 6 in 1876.
The name was announced Thursday morning at a National Indigenous Peoples Day event at Victoria Park, which included Indigenous elders, residential school and Sixties Scoop survivors and local dignitaries.
City council had decided to rename the bridge in recognition of Indigenous peoples’ history and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action.
Four proposed names were selected by a group of Indigenous elders and residential school survivors, from among 461 submissions that had been sent in to the city.
The other three names considered were: Louis Riel, Waniskâ (WOHN’-skuh), or the Wîcîhitowin (wee-chee-HEE’-toh-win) Bridge.
Louis Riel was a Métis man who led the Resistance of 1885. The Cree word Waniskâ means "to arise" while the Cree word Wîcîhitowin means "to help mutually" or "the act of helping one another."
The North Commuter Parkway Bridge is expected to be completed in October.
The final recommendation for the name Chief Mistawasis will be presented to City Council in August for formal approval, according to a City of Saskatoon news release.
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