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Langevin Bridge is now called Reconciliation Bridge after council vote

Calgary's Langevin Bridge, named after one of the men behind Canada's residential school system, will be renamed Reconciliation Bridge.

The crossing in the city's downtown was named after an architect of the residential school system

Calgary's Langevin Bridge is no more after city council voted to change the name to Reconciliation Bridge. (Qyd via Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0)

Calgary's Langevin Bridge, named after one of the men behind Canada's residential school system, will be renamed Reconciliation Bridge. 

The new name borrows from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which looked at the history of Canada's infamous residential schools and how to heal the wounds left in their wake. 

Hector-Louis Langevin was a Father of Confederation and a Conservative cabinet minister, serving as secretary of state for the provinces when the country's residential schools were introduced. 

The Langevin block on Parliament Hill is also named after him. 

The new name borrows from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which looked at the history of Canada's infamous residential schools and how to heal the wounds left in their wake. 0:28

'This stuff can be very easy'

On Monday, city council voted to change the bridge name with little debate and only Coun. Jim Stevenson opposed. 

"This stuff can be very easy, it can be simple to do the right thing," said Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, who brought forward the motion. 

He said it was symbolically important to be discussing a bridge name in relation to healing wounds with the area's First Nations. 

"Crossing water is about taking the journey to your fellow person, it's about walking to your fellow human being and joining your fellow human being," he said. 

Next steps

The city will now work with First Nations and Calgary Heritage Authority to tell the story of the bridge and the reasons why the name was changed. 

"And then I hope, to mark the 140th anniversary of the signing of Treaty 7 and the 150th birthday of this great nation, that in 2017 we'll have a proper rededication ceremony," said Nenshi.