A group in Regina under the leadership of Joely BigEagle-Kequahtooway has submitted a proposal to city council that Dewdney Avenue be renamed Buffalo Avenue to respect the First Nations people who lived in the territory first. The area took its name from Wascana Creek. Wascana means buffalo bones in Cree.

Meanwhile in Ottawa, another group is trying to have the Langevin Block renamed. The Langevin Block is an historic building located across from the parliament buildings. It houses the Prime Minister’s office as well as the Office of the Privy Council. The only problem is that Langevin was a strong advocate for residential schools for First Nations.

Doug Cuthand

Columnists, Saskatoon Star Phoenix