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Creek Renamed In Honour Of Late Senator

SASKATOON (August 27, 1993). Family and friends of the late Senator Hillard McNab C.M. gathered at Wanuskewin Heritage Park near Saskatoon for a ceremony to officially rename the creek which flows through the park into the South Saskatchewan River. The creek, formerly known as Tipperary Creek, now bears the name Opimihaw Creek, after the Cree name of the late Senator who was instrumental in the Park's development. The name means "one who flies above."

The day began with a pipe ceremony in the valley beside the creek and continued with lunch and special presentations in the outdoor amphitheatre including the Free Spirit square dancers from Daystar, and the singers from.

Chief Bryan McNabb of Gordon First Nation presented the Wanuskewin Heritage Park Corporation Chairman, Cy Standing, with a portrait of the late Senator in honour of the occasion. Speeches were made by FSIN Vice-Chief Dutch Lerat, Senator Ernie Mike, Chairman of Wanuskewin Indian Heritage Inc., Park Board Chairman Cy Standing, Human Rights Chief Commissioner Donna Greschner, Provincial Cabinet Minister Eldon Lautermilch, and Dr. Emie Walker, Chief Archaeologist and Park Board member, who along with Hilliard, shared the vision of the Park as an educational facility which would help to bridge the cultural barriers between First Nations people and non-Aboriginal people in the province.

The Park officially opened to the public in June 1992 and has received 180,000 visitors since then. Hilliard passed away in August 1990, never having seen the fruition of his efforts there.

Family members were touched by the fond memories and anecdotes shared by the speakers, and the special song made by David LaRocque and sung by the singers as a pair of Bolder, eagles circled in the blue skies overhead.