Toronto-Danforth Councilor Paula Fletcher will present a motion to Toronto and East York Community Council on June 29 to change the name of Lower Coxwell Avenue to Emdaablimok Avenue in honor of the area’s Indigenous history.
Toronto-Danforth Councilor Paula Fletcher will present a motion to Toronto and East York Community Council on June 29 to change the name of Lower Coxwell Avenue to Emdaablimok Avenue.
The portion of the road whose name has changed is between Lake Shore Boulevard East and Queen Street East. Fletcher said there has long been support in the community for a road in the area to be named in honor of Indigenous people.
She said Lower Coxwell was only adopted as a road name in 2019 to meet the need for a car park to have an official address. In his newsletter, Fletcher said the stretch of road to the lake had ties to the Aboriginal community. “The area was traditionally used by Aboriginal people to get to the lake. The name,
Emdaabiimok [Em-dah-bee-muck] Avenue, was derived from its literal translation, ‘where the road goes to the water’ and was recommended by the Mississaugas of Credit First Nation after extensive consultation,” Fletcher said.
However, she said city staff advised against the name change on a technical note, “particularly” that the street has been renamed for the past 10 years.
“Additional correspondence from Toronto Police Services and Toronto Fire Services raises concern that the proposed name may be difficult to spell or pronounce. I do not believe this statement to be correct. We have many street names that are difficult to spell or pronounce…I’m sure people will quickly learn to pronounce the new name.
She urges those in favor of the name change to visit her online petition at https://www.councillorpaulafletcher.ca/renaming or email the community council directly at email@example.com
“Although naming streets, parks, buildings and assets is a small gesture and does not address the deeper need for reconciliation as articulated in the City’s Reconciliation Action Plan. This proposal is a recognition of the rich Indigenous history in Toronto Danforth and beyond,” she said.