Ethennonnhawahstihnen’ Park Naming

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

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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We are hosting a public meeting with the City of Toronto’s Park, Forestry and Recreation and Indigenous Affairs Office at 6:30 PM at MEC North York.

Come join us and learn more about the story behind the name and the City’s efforts in Indigenous place-making! We will answer any questions you may have.

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