Ethennonnhawahstihnen’ Park Naming

 
 
Ethennonnhawahstihnen’ - where they had a good, beautiful life
— The Wendat Nation

UPDATE

On October 10, 2019 North York Community Council voted unanimously in support of re-naming Woodsy Park to Ethennonnhawahstihnen’ Park.

This doesn’t mean our work is done - stay tuned for news on how we plan to engage and educate our community on this new park.

BACKGROUND

In an effort to fulfill the City of Toronto’s commitment to truth and reconciliation with the Indigenous people, we are proposing to give a new park in Don Valley North a new name:

Ethennonnhawahstihnen’ [et-hen-nonn-ha-wah-stih-nen’].

This name is suggested by the Wendat community as we hope to honour the Wendat Nation who first inhabited the area.

Wendat place names typically reflect the geological features of the landscape or document events that occurred there. A significant Wendat archaeological site, the Moatfield Site, is only 500-800 metres from this park and adjacent street.

One of the striking things about this site was the presence of many people who lived over the age of 50, which was not the case at many other sites. The inhabitants lived in good health, there was less violence and warfare compared to other sites.

Where is the park?

The new park is located at 80 McMahon Drive, south of Sheppard Avenue East by Bessarion station. Currently named Woodsy Park, it will be adjacent to a new community centre and up to two schools that will serve the fast-growing neighbourhood.

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