Righting Relations and Buffalo People Arts Institute teamed up to bring a barbecue to Dewdney park Wednesday night.
The two groups are trying to rename both the park and Dewdney Avenue to Buffalo Meadows and Buffalo Avenue.
Sue DeRanger from Righting Relations said she compares the names of Dewdney Avenue and Dewdney park to Hitler having a monument in Germany.
“It’s the same kind of genocide, so how does it feel? It doesn’t feel good, it’s very hurtful, it’s very triggering,” DeRanger said. “People always say ‘get over it,’ and it’s still happening today with things like this, so how do you ‘get over it?'”
Joely BigEagle-Kequahtooway from Buffalo People Arts Institute said this would be a momentum-shifting change.
“I know that it’s comfortable just (staying with the) status quo, but if you do a little bit of research, there are countries all over the world who are going through what we’re going through in terms of changing our environment, reflect how we feel inside.”
Both the street and the park were named after Edgar Dewdney, who starved First Nations and Metis people, forced First Nations people onto reserves, and was instrumental in enforcing the Indian Act and residential schools.