Indigenous language of origin: Cree
Name Meaning: Pays respect to the Thunderbird. This Ward, from an aerial view, is shaped like a Pihêsiw (Thunderbird) and contains a ceremonial site.
The City of Edmonton is divided into 12 geographic voting areas called Wards. 1 elected City Councillor represents each Ward.
Changes to ward boundaries were passed on December 7, 2020. The changes include new geographical boundaries and new Indigenous Ward Names.
These changes will come into effect on Election Day this upcoming October 18, 2021, meaning you'll vote based on the new boundaries & names.
The name pihêsiwin means Land of the Thunderbirds and was given to this Ward because it is shaped like a pihêsiw (Thunderbird) from an aerial view.
The Thunderbird appears in artwork throughout Indigenous history and has different significance between cultures.
In nêhiyawewin (Cree ontology), pihêsiw is a word of power and reverence. The Thunderbird is a powerful spirit in the form of a bird.
Lightning was believed to flash from its beak, and the beating of its wings was thought to represent the rolling of thunder. When the Thunderbird strikes lightning (kakitoht), it re-energizes mother Earth.
The pihêsiw is the keeper of water. As water is crucial for life, the nourishment of our bodies, and the bringer of beauty, the Thunderbird is viewed with extreme reverence.
Communities in Ward Pihêsiwin
We acknowledge that Edmonton is on Treaty 6 territory, traditional meeting ground, and home for many Indigenous Peoples for thousands of years, including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis, and Nakota Sioux.
River Valley- Fort Edmonton
River Valley- Terwillegar
Anthony Henday- Terwillegar
River Valley – Windermere