Trays of bannock wait to be distributed at the Weledeh Feast on April 17, 2019. Ollie Williams/Cabin Radio
Around 300 students, staff, and parents gathered for a feast at Yellowknife’s Weledeh School on Wednesday evening.
Principal Jenny Reid told attendees this was the eighth annual feast. It may also be the last under the school’s present name.
Reid believes Weledeh should change its name to a more traditional, Indigenous spelling of the word, which is derived from the Wılıı̀deh Yati language.
On Wednesday, people attending the feast could vote informally on one of several spelling options.
The first two syllables – regardless of precise spelling – refer to the coney fish, or inconnu, while the third syllable means ‘river’. The word as a whole denotes what is, in English, called the Yellowknife River.