This Name Has No Place Here: Wolseley
Aug 29, 2021 at 1pm
We held a Renaming Rendezvous to address questions, concerns, and comments from community members in the Wolseley neighbourhood regarding the renaming of the area. This event was led by Red River Echoes, with accountability, transparency, harm reduction, and wahkohtowin as guiding principles for a safe and productive community dialogue.
The goal for the event was to be educational and welcoming, with the aim of helping those gathered be able to advocate for changing the name of the area. This includes addressing certain inevitable issues, for example the renaming of businesses with the name Wolseley. We planned this event to educate and to bring people on board with planning the renaming project, not to discuss its merits. The goals of this event were centered around community education and movement-building.
Who was Wolseley?
His name has no place here.
Renaming is imperative. Place names show the values our city and community hold. Renaming streets, monuments, and schools does not erase history. Instead, it is an acknowledgment that while certain historical figures should not be forgotten, they do not deserve celebration. The horrendous acts General Wolseley inflicted upon the Métis and First Nations, Black, and South-Asian peoples are no exception to this rule.
Renaming gives us an opportunity to bring Indigenous historical figures, teachings, and language back to the land. It promotes the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call for real integration of Indigenous history in our communities. Renaming gives us the opportunity to celebrate Indigenous existence in the face of continued efforts of genocide.
We deserve to choose to name our streets that guide our daily paths, that form our neighbourhoods, communities, and identity. This community is welcoming, supportive and wonderful. It deserves a name that reflects its real character.