Stoney Nakoda celebrate name change of Alberta mountain landmark

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CANMORE, Alta. — The Alberta government says a prominent landmark in the Rocky Mountains has been renamed in the spirit of reconciliation.

The feature near the summit of Mount Charles Stewart has had what many consider to be a racist and misogynistic nickname since the 1920s.

The formation, visible from the mountain town of Canmore, will now be known by its original name Anû Kathâ Îpa, or Bald Eagle Peak.

It is the traditional name used by the Stoney Nakoda Nation.

In a statement, Chiniki First Nation Chief Aaron Young says the Stoney Nakoda people have a "deep and lasting respect" for women in their community and are happy the racist term has been cast aside.

An official name change means the landmark will be updated on provincial and federal place name databases and maps.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 23, 2021.

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