Third Crossing Naming Campaign

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Rendering of Third Crossing


In July 2020, City Council committed to naming what is now called ‘the Third Crossing’ in a way that reflects and celebrates the stories and contributions of Indigenous communities in this region, both past and present.

The consultation process on the naming is the responsibility of the City and is being facilitated with the support of First Peoples Group. The naming consultation will begin with discussions with Indigenous Nations with historical ties to the area, including Alderville First Nation and Tyendinaga Mohawk Council, as well as with interested members of the local Indigenous community. This will be followed by a broader consultation with Kingston residents around proposed names and their meanings. Community input will then be brought back to the Indigenous consultation participants and a name will be selected to be brought forward for affirmation through a report to Council.

Step 2 - Consultations with Indigenous Nations and local Indigenous residents as well as an open survey for all residents of Kingston.

Step 2 engagement involves a series of six community meetings for members of the local Indigenous community as well as members of First Nations who have historical ties to the Kingston area. In these meetings, community members will share ideas for naming themes, discuss opportunities for public education around the new name, and will create a shortlist of names based on ideas collected from different sources.

Are you First Nations, Métis or Inuit and living in the Kingston area? Join an upcoming virtual meeting! (see upcoming step 2 meetings under Key Dates on the right)

As part of Step 2 the broader Kingston community was also asked to provide input through an open survey on naming ideas. The ideas brought forward through that survey have informed the ongoing Step 2 discussions in the move toward finalizing a shortlist of names. That shortlist of names will be presented to the broader community for feedback as part of Step 3.

Step 2 adjusted timeline update: The naming discussion took a pause following the May 28 announcement that 215 unmarked graves had been located at the former residential school near Kamloops B.C. Similar announcements at other sites have followed and more are expected moving forward. The commitment to naming what is now called the Third Crossing is continuing; however, space and time is being taken as needed in support of local Indigenous peoples, and communities.

To see the notes from Step 2 meetings use the News tab below!

Rendering of Third Crossing


In July 2020, City Council committed to naming what is now called ‘the Third Crossing’ in a way that reflects and celebrates the stories and contributions of Indigenous communities in this region, both past and present.

The consultation process on the naming is the responsibility of the City and is being facilitated with the support of First Peoples Group. The naming consultation will begin with discussions with Indigenous Nations with historical ties to the area, including Alderville First Nation and Tyendinaga Mohawk Council, as well as with interested members of the local Indigenous community. This will be followed by a broader consultation with Kingston residents around proposed names and their meanings. Community input will then be brought back to the Indigenous consultation participants and a name will be selected to be brought forward for affirmation through a report to Council.

Step 2 - Consultations with Indigenous Nations and local Indigenous residents as well as an open survey for all residents of Kingston.

Step 2 engagement involves a series of six community meetings for members of the local Indigenous community as well as members of First Nations who have historical ties to the Kingston area. In these meetings, community members will share ideas for naming themes, discuss opportunities for public education around the new name, and will create a shortlist of names based on ideas collected from different sources.

Are you First Nations, Métis or Inuit and living in the Kingston area? Join an upcoming virtual meeting! (see upcoming step 2 meetings under Key Dates on the right)

As part of Step 2 the broader Kingston community was also asked to provide input through an open survey on naming ideas. The ideas brought forward through that survey have informed the ongoing Step 2 discussions in the move toward finalizing a shortlist of names. That shortlist of names will be presented to the broader community for feedback as part of Step 3.

Step 2 adjusted timeline update: The naming discussion took a pause following the May 28 announcement that 215 unmarked graves had been located at the former residential school near Kamloops B.C. Similar announcements at other sites have followed and more are expected moving forward. The commitment to naming what is now called the Third Crossing is continuing; however, space and time is being taken as needed in support of local Indigenous peoples, and communities.

To see the notes from Step 2 meetings use the News tab below!

  • Virtual Meetings

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    Meeting #1 was held on April 12, 2021

    The first meeting, facilitated by First Peoples Group, was attended by Indigenous Community members who have historical ties to this area as well as interested members of the local Indigenous community. The purpose of this inaugural meeting was to begin discussions regarding how the community will come to choose a name for the bridge. Read the notes from meeting #1.

    Meeting #2 was held on April 26, 2021

    The second meeting, facilitated by First Peoples Group, was attended by Indigenous Community members who have historical ties to this area as well as interested members of the local Indigenous community. The purpose of the meeting was to be an interactive brainstorming session with attendees coming prepared with ideas for themes, stories or ways in which the bridge could be named. Read the notes from meeting #2.

    Meeting #3 was held on Tuesday, May 11

    The third meeting, facilitated by First Peoples Group, was attended by Indigenous Community members who have historical ties to this area as well as interested members of the local Indigenous community. The purpose of the meeting was for First Peoples Group to present a “what we heard” board, synthesizing all of the ideas from the brainstorming sessions as well as input received from Get Involved Kingston and the Third Crossing email. Read the notes from meeting #3.

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