Saskatoon reveals shortlist of Indigenous-focused names for north commuter bridge
The finalist names for the under-construction bridge were selected from 461 submissions
A shortlist of possible names for Saskatoon's under-construction north commuter bridge is ready for public consideration.
The four names being put forth are: the Chief Mistawasis (miss-tuh-WA'-sis), Louis Riel, Waniskâ (WOHN'-skuh), or the Wîcîhitowin (wee-chee-HEE'-toh-win) Bridge.
The proposed names were selected by a group of Indigenous elders and residential school survivors, from among 461 submissions that had been sent in to the city.
The city had asked for the submissions to either acknowledge an Indigenous historical event or figure, or to embody the spirit of community, coming together or connection. The decision to focus on Indigenous history was made as part of the city's response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action.
Meanings behind 4 names
Saskatoon residents will be able to choose their favourite name, either online or through a number of upcoming free community screenings before March 31. The final recommendation will go before city council in May.
The north commuter bridge is under construction, with an expected completion date in October.