Place Name: Amiskwaskahegan (Beaver Hills House Park)
Feature Type (Year Approved): Park (1977)
Name Origins: First Nations
Beaver Hill House is listed in Place Names of Alberta (see below) and Tyrrell is credited with the original translation from Cree, although it was his First Nations companions (employees) who should be credited - William Kitchipwat, Mr. McKay, James Prudens Jr, and Simon Fraser.
Tyrell’s documentation of the translation from Cree can be found here:
Geological and Natural History of Canada. Alfred R. C. Selwyn (Director), Annual Report V.II, 1886.
Report E: On a Part of Northern Alberta, and Portions of Adjacent Districts of Assiniboia and Saskatchewan, by J.B. Tyrrell.
Cultural Affiliation: Cree
Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie
The Devonian Foundation donated 0.53 ha. of land for this Downtown neighbourhood park and named it Beaver Hills House Park. The name comes from the Cree word Amiskwaskahegan, which refers to Fort Edmonton's proximity to the Beaver Hills, east of present-day Edmonton.
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