More than a year after city council voted to change the name of a century-old downtown bridge, an official renaming ceremony will finally held for Reconciliation Bridge.
Council voted in January 2017 to drop the span’s original name, Langevin Bridge, following a social media campaign which urged elected officials to remove the moniker honouring Hector-Louis Langevin.
The bridge, which spans the Bow River between 4th Avenue S. and Memorial Drive, will host an official renaming event on May 26 at 1 p.m.
Calgarians are invited to join territorial elders for ceremonial blessings that will begin on the north side of the bridge, according to a city website.
The bridge will be closed to traffic starting at 11:30 a.m.
A Father of Confederation, Langevin was also an architect of Canada’s devastating residential schools system condemned in the national Truth and Reconciliation Report for widespread abuses on Indigenous children and acts of “cultural genocide”.
More to come…