Qualico Communities celebrated National Indigenous Peoples Day by hosting the grand opening of the newly completed Maskêkosihk Trail. This 2-kilometre stretch of arterial road is the first major roadway in the City of Edmonton to be given a name in honour of the Cree First Nations.

Maskêkosihk Trail (previously 23 Avenue and Garden Valley Road) was renamed in 2016, when Qualico Communities first began work on the new Riverview development.

“Just like the North Saskatchewan River (which borders Riverview to the South) was once an important trade route for the Treaty 6 people, Maskêkosihk Trail is now the main artery connecting all current and future residents of Riverview to the City of Edmonton to the East and to the Enoch Cree Nation, our neighbours’ to the West.” said Brad Armstrong, VP of Community Development at Qualico Communities

Maskêkosihk is the Cree word meaning the “lands of medicines” or “the people of the lands of medicines,” depending on how you say it.  Renaming this significant roadway in honour of the Cree First Nations is a show of respect and acknowledgment for the fact that we are creating new communities on Treaty 6 Territory.

Featured image: Elder Marvin Ward, former Chiefs Lorne Morin and Howard Peacock, and Mayor Sohi cut the ribbon for Maskêkosihk Trail. (CNW Group/Qualico Communities)

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