ᐄᓃᐤ (ÎNÎW) River Lot 11
On January 31st, 2017, the Naming Committee approved the name for one of Canada’s first outdoor curated Indigenous art parks. The park will be known as ᐄᓃᐤ (ÎNÎW) River Lot 11∞, pronounced (EE-NU) River Lot 11.
ᐄᓃᐤ (ÎNÎW) is a Cree word meaning “I am of the Earth”; the art park is situated on ancestral lands of the Indigenous peoples whose descendants entered into Treaty with the British Crown resulting in the territory being opened for settlement. River Lot 11 acknowledges the historic river lot which was home to Métis settler Joseph McDonald. The park is located within Queen Elizabeth Park in Edmonton’s North Saskatchewan River Valley.
For more information, read the entire press release.
In 2015, the Naming Committee approved the honourary road name "Vukovic Way", and in 2016, his son Bernard held an unveiling event. Ivan Vukovic founded Edmonton-based company NAMCO in 1976.
Judy Padua was honoured during the unveiling of Judy Padua Way, an honourary road located Downtown between Rue Hull (99) Street and 100 Avenue behind the Edmonton Public Library.
Portion of 23 Avenue Renamed
On January 26, 2016, the Naming Committee approved the renaming of 23rd Avenue between 215th Street and Anthony Henday Drive as Maskêkosihk Trail (pronounced 'Muss-Kay-Go-See').
Maskêkosihk is the Plains Cree name that refers to the land location of Enoch Cree Nation and is a derivative of Maskêkosak (pronounced 'Muss-Kay-Go-Suk') meaning "people of the land of medicine." The roadway is situated within traditional Enoch Cree Nation territory and will serve as a highly visible entryway into Enoch Cree Nation.
The area between 184th Street and 23rd Avenue has served as a gathering space for Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples for generations. Sharing a border, Enoch and Edmonton also share a dedication to reconciliation.
"In recognition of renewed relationships based on respect and cooperation, the renaming of this roadway celebrates Indigenous culture within and beyond Edmonton's city limits. I am honoured to be part of this significant announcement as a shared effort towards reconciliation." - Mayor Don Iveson
As an on going effort to maintain accurate biographical information on individuals honoured through the Naming process, the Naming Committee encourages citizens to contact Administration with updated information and materials related to past naming approvals.
Recently, Betty Mullen contacted Administration regarding road names approved in her honour in 2006. She provided new and updated information pertaining to her contributions to the City. Read more about Betty Mullen.
If you know an individual who has been honoured through the Naming process and would like to share additional information, please contact our office.
Park Named in Honour of Constable D. Woodall
On September 22, 2015, the Naming Committee approved the naming of "Constable Dan Woodall Park" located in the South Terwillegar Neighbourhood. This park is named in honour of fallen Constable Daniel Woodall who was an avid soccer fan. The park will soon feature a soccer field, baseball diamond, and playground.
Second World War Veteran and PoW Honoured
Gord King is a Second World War Veteran and former Prisoner of War who was involved in the Great Escape. The Naming Committee recently approved Gordon King Pond and a network of King roadways within the Keswick neighbourhood in his honour.
Edmonton's First Female Bus Driver Honoured
Edmonton's first female bus driver, Kathleen Andrews, has been honoured. "Kathleen Andrews Garage,"a City of Edmonton transit garage, will be located on Fort Road, north of Yellowhead Trail. Andrews Loop, Gate and Way are three roads in the Ambleside Neighbourhood that have also been named in her honour.
Light Horse Park
The South Alberta Light Horse (SALH) is a pan-Albertan regiment, with squadrons in Medicine Hat and Edmonton. The B Squadron SALH is located in the Brigadier James Curry Jefferson Armoury in Edmonton with the Loyal Edmonton Regiment. The SALH is an armoured reconnaissance regiment and part of the Canadian Army Primary Reserve. The SALH has existed historically in various forms since the Northwest Rebellion of 1885. With the advent of the Land Force Reserve restructuring project, the South Alberta Light Horse returned to its reconnaissance roots in 2004.
The naming of Light Horse Park will honour the current day South Light Horse, and all that have and continue to serve in that unit.
Alexander Decoteau Honoured
Alexander Decoteau, 1912. (CEA EA-1-2072)
Decoteau Trail was approved in 1971 to honour Alexander (Alex) Decoteau, an Olympic athlete and Canada's first Aboriginal police officer. Though this trail has honoured his name for years, and more recently, Decoteau Way in the Griesbach neighbourhood was named to pay tribute to his service with the Canadian Army, many believed that this devoted Edmontonian was deserving of something more. The story of Alex Decoteau's incredible life needed to be celebrated.
The Naming Committee received an overwhelming amount of support to honour Alex Decoteau's contributions to Canadian heritage, including letters written by grade 5/6 students at Patricia Heights School after a visit to Fort Edmonton Park, where the class learned of Alex Decoteau's many accomplishments. Further support was obtained from Alex Decoteau's grand niece.
"Edmonton has a rich aboriginal history and it is fitting that a park in the heart of our city is named for Alex Decoteau, who was a remarkable Edmontonian. Parks bring a sense of community as a place to gather and relax. As an important space, it deserves a notable name and I applaud those who helped make this happen."
- Mayor Don Iveson
"Students from Patricia Heights approached us after learning about Alex Decoteau, wanting us to find a way to honour his legacy. The downtown community and Edmonton Police Services got behind the idea, and we are excited to be honouring him through this park."
- Jeff Nachtigall, Naming Committee Chair
In recognition of this admirable man and the much-deserved support to honour his name, the Naming Committee has approved:
Alex Decoteau Park is located at 10204 - 105 Street NW in the heart of Edmonton's Downtown neighbourhood. As sergeant of the West End Police Office in 1914, he protected the streets of what is currently known as the Warehouse District (105 Street NW to 109 Street NW) in the Downtown neighbourhood. There is a plan in place to commemorate the life of Alex Decoteau in this public park space.
Edmonton Artist Honoured
Hemophilia Advocate Honoured
Neighbourhood Naming Complete for Big Lake and Meadows
The neighbourhood names of Kinglet Gardens and Pintail Landing now complete the Big Lake ASP. Big Lake contains a naming theme of "Native Bird Species of the Big Lake Natural Area". The final neighbourhood within the Meadows ASP has been named Aster. The theme for this ASP is "Trees, Flowers, and Plants Native to Alberta".