Indigenous Naming in Edmonton
Presented by Rob Houle as part of the symposium Reconciliation and Resurgence: Heritage Practice in Post-TRC Edmonton
This discussion will focus on the naming conventions in the City of Edmonton’s past, present, and future. It will touch on the importance of Indigenous naming conventions and ceremony. Topics will include whether naming in the past was authentic or patronizing and how the City is shifting on how naming is undertaken. The speaker will also explore popular names in the area, their origins, and whether they are relevant or a version of branding. Questions around how reconciliation plays into Indigenous naming and the reclamation of naming will be explored.