Mayor of Winnipeg to bring motion to rename Bishop Grandin Boulevard
Winnipeg mayor says it’s time to change the controversial name of a Winnipeg highway.
Brian Bowman tweeted Friday that after consultation with the Welcoming Winnipeg Committee of Community Members and the Indigenous Advisory Circle, he will present a motion at city hall next week to support the name change of Bishop Grandin Boulevard.
The motion will also direct the city’s Indigenous Relations Division to consult with Indigenous peoples, including residential school survivors, elders and knowledge keepers, on a new name that would honor the experience, culture and l indigenous history.
Bishop Vital-Justin Grandin is recognized as one of the architects of the residential school system.
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“It is very exciting to see this name being honored in our city,” said Reanna Merasty, Chair of the Welcoming Winnipeg Committee. “It reminds us of the harms and genocides that residential schools inflicted on Indigenous peoples. “
Councilors Vivian Santos and Brian Mayes both took to Twitter to say they would support the motion.
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Bowman’s motion reads “While the immeasurable damage caused by residential schools cannot be repaired, the truth of what happened must be understood and one action the City can take to honor this truth is to rename Bishop Grandin Boulevard ”.
Merasty said she hopes most Manitobans will support a potential move.
“I know even within Bishop Grandin (region) that even non-natives support this decision,” she said. “And I think the definition of a true ally is not just to understand the wrongs he has inflicted, but to really listen to the indigenous people and understand their position and the experiences that have happened to them.”
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