The Alex Decoteau Downtown Park – Inspired by Interpreter Gerome Garcia

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Alex Decoteau was an athlete, a soldier, and Canada’s first aboriginal police officer. His character is alive through the narratives offered at Fort Edmonton Park and now through the naming of a new park in downtown Edmonton: The Alex Decoteau Downtown Park.

This all started a year ago, when interpreter Gerome Garcia welcomed a group of grade five and six students to Fort Edmonton Park and took them on a journey through time. They immersed themselves in history and were captivated by a character in particular: Alex Decoteau. They were inspired by the Alex Decoteau story told by interpreter Gerome.

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Once they went back to their classroom, the students felt more people needed to know about Alex Decoteau and thought an Edmonton landmark should be named after him. Their determination didn’t stop there. They sent in letters to the City of Edmonton’s Naming Committee asking them to name a landmark after him.

Last Wednesday, the City of Edmonton announced a new downtown park would be named after Alex Decoteau. It will be located at the northwest corner of 105 Street and 102 Avenue. It is being designed as a gathering space for all seasons and is part of the City’s vision for building a great downtown.

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[info close=”false”]Costumed interpreters impersonate Alex Decoteau every summer. Be sure to greet him next time you visit the Park![/info]

Want to find out more about Alex Decoteau? Click on one of the links below and read two of Alex‘s letters from the war:

Alex Decoteau Letter From The Past: October 4, 1916 Alex Decoteau Letter From the Past: July 19, 1916

Want to find out more about Aboriginal interpreters ? Watch the video below: