New street names reflect Indigenous environment

News Release Release Date: August 31, 2017 12:30 p.m.

Streets at the University of Regina’s main campus will soon sport names, making it easier, quicker, and safer to get around the 270-acre main campus.

The new street names represent plants that have traditionally been important to Indigenous peoples, and four of eight new names will be in languages that reflect those on whose traditional lands the campus sits. Cree, Michif, Nakoda and Saulteaux will be used, in addition to French and English. The new street names were vetted by Wascana Centre and approved by the City of Regina in recent weeks.

Sign installation is scheduled for completion in fall 2017. Civic addresses will be assigned to buildings in the coming months.

“Making the University an accessible place for our students, faculty, staff and visitors is a top priority for us. In addition, adding street names and civic addresses attends to a key safety issue by making our growing campus easier to navigate by emergency service personnel,” says University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Vianne Timmons.

Timmons adds that “The approach we’ve taken provides an opportunity to further our goal of Indigenizing our campus.” Some of the University’s student residences already carry Indigenous names.

The move to improve navigation for students, staff, visitors and first responders is the last step in a multi-phased wayfinding effort that began in 2014.
Below are the eight new street names at the University of Regina, showing (in parentheses) the plant name in English followed by the language, then the pronunciation (in square brackets):

  • Buffaloberry Way (buffaloberry; English) [pronunciation: buffalo-berry]
  • wį́bazuką Road (Saskatoon berries; Nakoda) [pronunciation: wing-ba-zoo-kang]
  • Sureau Loop (elderberry; French) [pronunciation: sur-o]
  • wīnkaškōn Loop (sweetgrass; Saulteaux) [pronunciation: WEENG gush kone]
  • Sagittaire Lane (arrowhead; French) [pronunciation: Sah-je-tayre]
  • Lee Gren Avenue (chokecherries; Michif) [pronunciation: lee-gren]
  • Goldenrod Loop (goldenrod; English) [pronunciation: golden-rod]
  • cistēmāw Court (tobacco; Cree) [pronunciation: TSIS tay mao]

View a map showing the street locations here:

Release updated Feb. 23, 2018


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