Society & Culture
Two new residence buildings will bear the names of former senator Thelma Chalifoux and the Cree word for a plant used to build sweat lodges.
The University of Alberta announced the names of its two newest residences today at a meeting of its board of governors.
Thelma Chalifoux Hall, named in honour of the Métis activist and former Canadian senator, and Nîpisîy House, based on the Cree word for willow, will be housing new residents in the fall of 2018.
Both names honour Indigenous history and the university’s location on Treaty 6 territory.
Student feedback from a group of residents was at the core of the months-long naming process, along with input from the rest of the campus community and a handful of engaged citizens.
“We really felt that figuring out the values that went into the naming was more important than the specific name suggestions,” said Janice Johnson, assistant dean of students (residence).
The values the committee identified included a name ...