News Release - Recognizing East Toronto’s Local Indigenous History

City officially renames Lower Coxwell to Emdaabiimok Avenue in recognition of local Indigenous history.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TORONTO – The City of Toronto has renamed Lower Coxwell Avenue to Emdaabiimok Avenue. This was officially recognized at a renaming ceremony today.

“I was proud to work with local Indigenous leaders to ensure we better recognize and celebrate the rich Indigenous history in Toronto-Danforth and beyond,” said Councillor Fletcher.

Translated from Anishinaabemowin, Emdaabiimok (Em-DAH-bee-muck) means “where the road goes to the water.”

After extensive consultation, the name was recommended by the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, whose ancestors used this path to access the lake.

Mayor Chow, Chief Sault of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, local Indigenous leaders, Councillor Fletcher and Councillor Bradford were joined by residents and students from nearby schools at the ceremony to celebrate the official renaming.

“Thank you to the hundreds of residents who wrote the city in support of renaming Lower Coxwell to Emdaabiimok Avenue. Just ahead of National Indigenous Peoples Day, it ensures we better recognize and celebrate the rich Indigenous history in the east end and across the city,” said Fletcher.

“It also acknowledges the work we still must do to achieve meaningful reconciliation,” added Fletcher.

Read Toronto’s full Reconciliation Action Plan here. City Council adopted the motion to rename Lower Coxwell Avenue to Emdaabiimok Avenue in July 2022.

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Paula Fletcher

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