Could Cal­gary name change to Wichispa Oyade?

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - CANADA -

If a group of First Na­tions get their wish, Cal­gary will be re­named Wichispa Oyade _ Stoney Nakoda terms that roughly trans­late to mean el­bow town.

The Stoney Nakoda have ap­plied to have a long list of well­known places across south­ern Al­berta changed to re­flect tra­di­tional names given by their peo­ple.

Their ap­pli­ca­tion let­ter to the Al­berta gov­ern­ment also includes Can­more, the Bow River, Mount Al­lan and dozens of other sites that they con­sider to be part of their ter­ri­tory.

``The Stoney Nakoda peo­ple are the orig­i­nal oc­cu­pants of the land and place names should be changed to their tra­di­tional Stoney Nakoda names in or­der to al­low the cul­ture and his­tory of these lands to be­come more known and re­spected,’’ reads the let­ter. The First Na­tions ar­gue that the English or Cree names many of these places have fail to re­flect their spe­cific Indige­nous his­tory.

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