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The City of Winnipeg, Manitoba has officially renamed itself the City of Manitobans.
The city officially changed its name in January 2016, the city announced Tuesday.
The name change was announced in a news release and was based on Winnipeg’s Indigenous name and Indigenous heritage.
The announcement was made by the city’s Director of Strategic Planning, Richard Drysdale, as part of a series of steps to create a better city.
“Winnipeg is changing its name from City of Manitoba to Manitoban to reflect our current and future Indigenous identities,” Drysdal said in the release.
“The new name is a way to make Winnipeg more visible to Manitobs new and emerging population.”
Winnipeggers can also now use the city name in their municipal services, including public works, police services, public health and education, fire services, and parks and recreation.