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 2017, an official renaming event took place on May 26, 2018. Calgarians gathered at the north and south sides of the bridge to mark the event. Elders gathered on the north side of the bridge, and gave ceremonial blessings and prayers to the Creator 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 held a prayer circle before taking a solemn walk across the bridge. The event continued 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.