Highway Re-Named In Honour Of Chief Whitecap

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at 15:07



One of Saskatchewan’s highways is now named after a First Nations leader.


Government officials made the announcement today at the Whitecap Dakota First Nation.


From now on, Highway 219 — which runs south from Saskatoon through the reserve to Lake Diefenbaker — will be named the Chief Whitecap Trail.


Highways Minister Jim Reiter says it should come as no surprise that a highway be named after a man instrumental in the development of Saskatoon.


The highway will be marked with signs that show an image of the chief on a horse against a blue background.


Some of the signs will be put up today.


Government officials say this initiative is part of what the province is doing to support the tourism and economic development generated by the Dakota Dunes resort — in addition to investments to rebuild the highway.