Colonization Road could soon disappear in Kenora. Councillors had no objection to a plan to simply continue Nash Street through to the end.
The request came from a deputation in the spring from Jasmine Romaniuk. Romaniuk hoped that a name change for the road would lead to residents educating themselves on the topic.
“I think that they would have changed it if they would have thought of it. It's up to the community to catch these things. Hopefully all of the community will see the change, and question the change, and educate themselves about it,” she said.
In her delegation, Romaniuk made reference to recent documentaries about reconciliation and the legacy of residential schools.
Colonization Roads in Ontario were part of several policies implemented to expand settlements, and push out Indigenous populations already living there.