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Wîhkwêntôwin (formerly Oliver) Renaming

On February 21, 2024, City Council accepted a new name for the former Oliver community: Wîhkwêntôwin ᐄᐧᐦᑫᐧᐣᑑᐃᐧᐣ. Pronounced We-Kwen-To-Win, the name is a nêhiyawêwin (Cree) word which means Circle of Friends.

The name was chosen after an almost three-year process started by the Wîhkwêntôwin Community League and led by a working circle made of diverse members of the community including Elders and representatives from different backgrounds. The Renaming Circle included many Indigenous community leaders and representatives and was guided by two Indigenous Elders.

Council also agreed to rename the City-owned assets, including the park, skating rink and community league building in the neighbourhood. It’s expected to take at least a year to implement this name change for the City and other stakeholders, like EPCOR, Land Titles and Canada Post.

Following the Indigenous Framework, which guides our reconciliation journey, the City of Edmonton is committed to creating safe and welcoming spaces for Indigenous Peoples, and ensuring that they can see themselves reflected in city spaces.

Audio file of Wîhkwêntôwin pronunciation

Find more information at www.uncoveroliver.ca