City names street in honour of domestic violence victims

Source: Daily Gleaner

Fredericton has become the second capital city in Canada to create Angel Crescent to honour women who have been victims of domestic violence.

Mayor Elisapee Sheutiapik, who heads up the capital city of Iqaluit in Nunavut, launched the street-naming tribute after her 16-year-old sister Mary Ann Birmingham was killed in her home in 1997.

Last February, Sheutiapik asked the Canadian Capital Cities Organization to approve a proposal to have each Canadian capital name a street using the word “Angel” to honour other victims of domestic violence.

Fredericton Coun. Marilyn Kerton, the city’s appointee to the national organization, agreed with the concept.

“We passed a resolution stating that all capital cities would have a street named Angel Street in their city in memory of any woman who has lost her life due to violence,” Kerton said at a city hall ceremony Thursday to officially unveil Fredericton’s street.

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