New name proposed for Sir John A. Macdonald parkway reflects Indigenous heritage

OTTAWA-The National Capital Commission appears to be moving forward with a new name for Ottawa’s Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway suggested by an Indigenous consultation group: Kichi Zibi Mikan. The commission said in a letter published in a Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg newsletter this week that it would recommend the name change to its board of directors on June 22. Kichi Zibi means great river in the Algonquin language, and Mikan is the word for road or path. The proposal dates back two years, when three city councillors wrote a letter urging the federal government to facilitate an Indigenous-led consultation process to rename the parkway, which runs alongside the Ottawa River. The National Capital Commission announced an updated policy for naming and renaming its assets in April 2022 and formed an…

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