Place Name: Bearspaw (neighbourhood), Bearspaw Drive East (road), Bearspaw Drive West (road)

Feature Type (Year Approved): Neighbourhood (1978), Road (1979), Road (1979)

Name Origins: Commemorative



Cultural Affiliation: First Nations, Stoney Band

Gender: Male

Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie

Chief Masgwaahsid (Bear's Paw) of the Stoney Band was born about 1835. He signed Treaty No. 7 at Blackfoot Crossing on September 22, 1877. It was Bear's Paw's authority that averted an armed confrontation when negotiations leading to the signing of this treaty were being conducted beside the Bow River. Neighbourhood names in the Kaskitayo area honour Aboriginal leaders.

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