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Okîsikow (Angel) Way honours all women and gender-diverse people who have experienced violence, those who continue to suffer, along with their families., The naming of this stretch of 101A Avenue is meant to serve as a reminder that there are safe places in Edmonton to seek shelter, services and support. It also serves as a reminder to all Edmontonians that all victims of violence and their families need and deserve spaces that provide services, shelter, and support.
The Angel Street initiative began in 2007 as a national movement to raise awareness and demonstrate support for women and children across Canada who experienced domestic violence. Then-Mayor of Iqaluit, Elisapee Sheutiapik, and the City Council voted to name the street leading to the city’s Qimaavik shelter for women “Angel Street”.
In 2011, Edmonton became one of the first major cities in Canada to show support for Iqaluit's initiative by naming a street in downtown Edmonton “Okîsikow (Angel) Way”. ’okîsikow’ is Cree for ‘angel’. It was unveiled in Edmonton on June 14, 2011, with a blessing by Mini Freeman, an Inuk Elder and author.
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