The City of North Battleford and the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) committee are working to foster supportive communities where residents feel a strong sense of belonging.
CPTED has identified formalized neighbourhoods as a way to have better informed, engaged residents. Informed and engaged residents connect with and support others in the areas where they live, building stronger, safer neighbourhoods. Formalized neighbourhoods will help residents experience this sense of belonging and civic pride, leading to crime prevention.
An Elder group organized by Battle River Treaty 6 Health Centre was engaged with to assist in the naming of the neighbourhoods. It is important to have neighbourhood names that reflect the City is in Treaty 6 Territory and is home to a large Indigenous population. As well, North Battleford is a hub for a much larger region that includes several First Nation communities who play an integral role in our community.
Additionally, the City submitted the neighbourhood boundaries to Statistics Canada who were able to use the geographical reference points to break down North Battleford’s census data. The City is using that information to create neighbourhood profiles that will provide a look at the demographics and well-being of each neighbourhood.
New neighbourhood names
Kinsmen Park – One of the biggest parks and landmarks of our community. The neighbourhood identifies with the park and this was the main suggestion from the public during the public consultation.
Sapp Valley – This name was recommended from the Elder group to be named after the late Allen Sapp a prominent figure in North Battleford, and world-renowned Indigenous Artist.
Paciwin – The Cree name of John B. Tootoosis, a highly regarded Indigenous rights advocate who went on to become a Senator.
Yellow Sky – Chief Yellow Sky was a highly regarded First Nations leader who wanted the best for his people when their land was being settled by non-indigenous leaders.
Existing neighbourhood names
Killdeer Park – Herb Sparrow, a former Senator and owner of Killdeer Farms subdivided a portion of his land into Killdeer Park in 1979. The streets in this neighbourhood bare the names of Saskatchewan bird species, following the pattern of the founder’s own surname, and the name of his farm.
Fairview Heights – This neighbourhood began development around 1978 and continued to grow throughout the 1980’s. Each street is named for a former North Battleford Councilor.
Maher Park – This neighbourhood was named after Mayor H.J. Maher serving as mayor from 1954-1958. The Maher name is deeply rooted in the heritage of North Battleford, in 1913 an H. Maher sat on the first City Council.
McIntosh Park – McIntosh Park was named for Lieutenant Governor C. Irwin McIntosh. He was born and raised in North Battleford and served as the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan from 1978 to 1983.
Centennial Park – Centennial Park was named after the expansive 90-acre park built in the centennial year of Canadian confederation, 1967.
College Heights – Home to North West College. College Heights is one of North Battleford’s youngest neighbourhoods and has the highest population.
Deanscroft – Deanscroft is a play on words. R.E. Deans was the Mayor of North Battleford from 1940-1946, and the neighbourhood was named in his honour. The word “croft” was a commonly used term at the time, meaning a “wonderful place to be”. The name literally means “Dean’s wonderful place to be”.
Riverview – Riverview is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in North Battleford. The name says it all, this area boasts some of the most scenic views of the river valley.
Downtown – The City of North Battleford adopted the Downtown Revitalization Action Plan in 2017. This plan aims to “inspire ambition” by bringing the community together to create a vibrant city centre.
Neighbourhood profiles for each area are currently being developed. Information for the profiles was gathered by Statistics Canada, using the most recent census data along with the neighbourhood boundaries approved by Council. These Profiles will provide a brief background on the neighbourhood, its name, provide detailed demographics and information on that area. Profiles will be made available online at www.cityofnb.ca and hard-copies will be available at City Hall.
For more information:
Ana Conly, Planner I
306-445-1798 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ryan Mackrell, City Planner
306-445-1705 | email@example.com