Renaming and Reconciliation

Renaming and Reconciliation

Event Information
Author pmnationtalk
Start Date/Time 17th Aug Tue AM 7:00 (GMT -4)
End Date/Time 19th Aug Thu AM 8:00 (GMT -4)
Location Calgary, AB
Contact [email protected]
Type Public
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Renaming and Reconciliation

Names matter. Throughout Canada, the names of settlers have been applied to streets, buildings, towns, and environmental features as celebrations of the namesakes’ perceived accomplishments. However, Canadians are beginning to reflect on the history of these famous figures, their legacies, and the impact of their actions on Indigenous and other marginalized populations. This webinar will explore some of the issues surrounding commemorative naming and the need to re-evaluate and contextualize the names we apply to places.

We acknowledge that the information that will be shared in this virtual presentation can be triggering and result in unpleasant thoughts and feelings. We encourage you to practice self-care and reach out to your community for support. You can contact the Indian Residential School Survivors Society toll-free 1 (800) 721-0066 or 24hr Crisis Line 1 (866) 925-4419 if you require emotional support or assistance.

Know History Webinar Series        

Know History’s webinar series is part of our ongoing response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). In particular, this series is intended to address Call to Action 92, which calls on the corporations to educate management and staff on the history of Indigenous peoples, including residential schools.

All of our webinars are designed in partnership with Indigenous educators, leaders, and/or activists. If you would like to suggest a topic for an upcoming webinar or share your knowledge with this audience, please email [email protected].


Edna Elias
Edna served as the Commissioner of Nunavut from 2010 to 2015. She is a resident of Kugluktuk, Nunavut, and a beneficiary of the Nunavut Agreement. She is an advocate and active promoter of Inuit language, culture, and history within Canada. Edna founded the Edmonton Inuit Cultural Society and was involved in numerous renaming efforts within the City of Edmonton.

Tom Van Dewark
As a public historian and the Director of Know History’s Western Operations, Tom leads interdisciplinary teams of historical researchers and creative designers, in collaboration with community stakeholders. He has worked with Indigenous communities across Canada to preserve and share their histories. During this presentation, Tom will provide a historical perspective on the significance of names and the long legacy of naming and re-naming places in what is now Canada.


August 17 at 7pm EST – Register here:
August 19 at 12:30 EST – Register here:

The event is free and open to all. We will be hosting the session twice. Follow the links above to register and receive the Zoom login information. After registering, the Zoom platform will send you an automatic email with webinar link. If you do not receive the link, please check your junk folder.

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