Mayor Naheed Nenshi is reacting to a First Nations group’s request to change Calgary’s name to a traditional Indigenous one.
The Stoney Nakoda First Nation has requested a long list of places across Southern Alberta, including Canmore, the Bow River and Mount Allan, be given different monikers, reflecting the history and heritage of First Nations people in the area.
Nenshi said he’s open to a conversation.
“As we go through the action of reconciliation — we will always have these kinds of conversations. A nation to nation relationship does not mean that one side gets everything it wants, or the other one gets everything it wants. But I love this kind of thing because it opens up a thoughtful conversation for us in terms of how we truly recognize both the history and the future that we share,” he said.
But should Calgary be re-named?
“That’s a tough one. I don’t think so, but let’s keep talking,” Nenshi said.
Alberta community names have been changed back to Indigenous ones in the past.
In 2014, Hobbema, named after a Dutch painter, was dubbed Maskwacis, meaning “bear hills” in Cree.