North York's Woodsy Park is getting an Indigenous renaming


A North York park is getting an Indigenous name.

At North York Community Council Oct. 10, councillors approved the renaming of Woodsy Park at 80 McMahon Dr. near Leslie Street and Sheppard Avenue East to Ethennonnhawahstihnen' Park.

The name means “where they had a good, beautiful life,” staff said in a report to councillors.

“In considering the renaming the Indigenous Affairs Office explored the significance of the area and in conversations with the Wendat nation determined that Ethennonnhawahstihnen' was appropriate,” staff added.

According to the report, Wendat place names typically reflect the geological features of the landscape or document events that occurred there. Also, a Wendat archeological site is 500 to 800 metres from the park and adjacent street.

One of the striking things about this site was the presence of many people who lived over the age of 50, which was not the case at many other sites. The inhabitants lived in good health, and there was less violence and warfare compared to other sites,” staff said.