City of Lethbridge: City seeking input on naming of public spaces
The City of Lethbridge is seeking public feedback on the ways in which Blackfoot and other Indigenous peoples are reflected in public spaces, including the naming of roads, parks, facilities and other areas under City jurisdiction.
The concept of “Indigenous placemaking” has been used in Lethbridge and cities around the world to showcase Indigenous languages, art, histories and voices. Indigenous placemaking can also serve as a tool for reconciliation and awareness raising by increasing opportunities for non-Indigenous peoples to engage with and learn about local Indigenous cultures.
The City of Lethbridge has been working directly with representatives from Indigenous Communities, including Elders and youth, and members of the Reconciliation Lethbridge Advisory Committee and Historic Places Advisory Committees to develop a series of guiding principles about how Indigenous peoples should be represented in public spaces, and to explore opportunities to rename or showcase Indigenous culture in existing public spaces.
Residents are invited to give their feedback by completing the survey via the Get Involved Lethbridge website.
The survey is open until February 28 and the findings will be combined with the feedback that has been sought directly from Indigenous community members.
This information will be shared with City Council in the spring along with recommendations to potentially rename, reframe or invest in new opportunities to showcase Blackfoot and other Indigenous peoples’ cultures, languages and histories around the City.
For Public Inquiries:
Call 311 | Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.