O-day’min, the strawberry, or heart berry, represents the heart of Edmonton amiskwaciwâskahikan.
The stem of the heart represents the North Saskatchewan River, the vessels are the waterways, while the veins make up the blood (people). The roots (veins) of the strawberry represent the different cultures that now make up the city. The O-day’min is a traditional medicine that guided the Anishinaabe (people with the shared culture and language of the Algonquian tribes) understanding of the deep connection between mind, body, spirit and emotions.
Anishinaabe peoples are found across Canada, and in Alberta have been referred to as the Saulteaux. The O’Chiese First Nation near Rocky Mountain House is home to Anishinaabe peoples.
The bylaw approving the new ward boundaries and Indigenous Ward Names
was passed by Council on December 7, 2020.
The heart through which the North Saskatchewan River runs.
Neighbourhoods in the O-day’min Ward.