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Calgary recalls decision to light Reconciliation Bridge in honour of Queen

Calgary has recalled its decision to light the Reconciliation Bridge in blue to honour the Queen after people spoke out Friday.

The city initially announced the lighting of the bridge from Sept. 15 to 19 along with Olympic Plaza and the Calgary Tower.

The colours are blue to reflect the jewels around the Queen’s neck in her final Canadian portrait. The bridge was only lit blue on Thursday night.

Reconciliation Bridge, which connects downtown Calgary with the Bridgeland area north, was renamed in 2017 as part of the city’s work to address past harm to Indigenous people. An official ceremony took place the next year.

The bridge being lit, along with the Queen’s passing, has only surfaced memories of the residential school system for many Indigenous people.

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