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Reconciliation Bridge Renaming Event

The Reconciliation Bridge in Calgary took on its current name in 2017 to facilitate our City’s process of healing and public truth sharing​ that acknowledges and redresses past harms.

While the name change occurred in 2reconciliation bridge017, an official renaming event will take place on May 26, 2018. The ceremony is open to the public, and will start at 1 p.m. Calgarians are invited to gather at either the north or south side of the bridge, however the event will begin at the north side (Memorial Drive and 4 Street N.E.). The bridge will be closed to all traffic at 11:30 a.m.

The afternoon will open with a gathering of Elders on the north side of the bridge. The ceremonial blessings will be led by territorial Elders whose prayers to the Creator are to inspire the healing of all spirits connected to this land now and in the future, allowing all to exist in harmony. The Elders and youth from their communities will participate in a prayer circle before beginning a solemn walk across the bridge. Participation in the prayer circle will be limited to invited guests only, but all Calgarians are invited to walk across the bridge following the Elders.

The event will continue on the south side of the bridge with flag songs, drumming, speeches and a round dance.

The renaming of the Reconciliation Bridge was supported unanimously by City Council following a notice of motion submitted by Mayor Naheed Nenshi and a majority of councillors. It is one of many acts of reconciliation The City has planned with the Indigenous community in and around Calgary. These acts are outlined in the White Goose Flying report drafted in 2016 to address recommendations made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.​​​​​​