Macdonald Youth Services set to change name as part of reconciliation
WINNIPEG -- Macdonald Youth Services will soon have a different name.
The organization that provides supports and services to young people in Winnipeg is looking to change its name in the spirit of reconciliation.
The facility has been in operation since 1929 but it has been known by its current name since 1993. The facility was named after Hugh John Macdonald, a former Manitoba premier, and the son of John A. Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister.
Officials told CTV News that the vote to change the name was unanimous.
"(We are) making sure that we are working towards reconciliation," said Kerri Irvin-Ross, who is the CEO of the organization.
"(The officials) recognized the harms of the Canadian government and the creation of residential schools and wanted to make sure we are representing the people we serve and making sure we are taking actions towards reconciliation."
Irvin-Ross said a number of the families involved with the organization are Indigenous.
"We want to make sure that (when) they come to Macdonald Youth Services, whatever the new name is going to be, that they are feeling comfortable and safe and get the services that they deserve."
The new name has not yet been determined, with Irvin-Ross saying they will have community consultations first before a new name is chosen.
A new name will be announced at a later date.