Leading up to our campaign we heard from residents in varying areas of Ward Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi and our city to determine their thoughts, feelings, and concerns within their communities. I've gathered field notes and compiled the data into an interactive map, available below. Much of this data will be at the forefront of my decisions as we move forward.
Indigenous language of origin: Blackfoot
Name Meaning: Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi is Blackfoot for the traditional lands where the Blackfoot Nation performed their Buffalo Rounds. Bison would migrate north of the North Saskatchewan River 300 kilometres during winter to the artesian wells.
As we live alongside, remember, and respect those that have lived and walked this land before us part of that commitment to equity is to honour that history with the new ward names passed by city council in December, 2020. The process to this included input from elders in the community that wanted to connect the ward names with the indigenous history of the land.