Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto was given its name after it was opened to the public more than 20 years ago. The event was marked with a magnificent water and light show. However, in a historic step, the Toronto City Council has approved a motion to rename the landmark to “Sankofa Square,” distancing it from its connections to the Transatlantic slave trade and Scottish statesman Henry Dundas in the eighteenth century.
The motion, which was put forth by Councillor Chris Moise (Ward 13, Toronto Centre), was approved on Thursday night with a majority vote. Recommendations were also made to rename three other City of Toronto properties: the Jane/Dundas Public Library and the Dundas and Dundas West subway stations.
A news release states that the City and TTC will rename Dundas Station by Q4 2024 in consultation with Toronto Metropolitan University; Councillor Moise told reporters on Wednesday that “TMU Station” is his recommended name. Additionally, they will follow the recommendations of the Recognition Review Community Advisory Committee to rename Dundas West Station “preferably by 2025.” The Toronto Public Library Board and the City plan to rename the Jane/Dundas Public Library by Q3 2024.
The statement further states that the name “Sankofa Square” results from two years of research, discussion, and collaboration. Tuesday, the Ghanaian name, which “refers to the act of reflecting on and reclaiming teachings from the past, which enables people to move forward together,” was overwhelmingly chosen by the City’s Recognition Review Community Advisory Committee.
Yonge-Dundas (Sankofa) Square History
A landmark and public square located in Toronto, Canada’s downtown. Since its opening in 2002, the square has grown to rank among the city’s most well-liked tourist attractions. The square is situated at the crossroads of Yonge Street and Dundas Street, which is the busiest in Toronto.
Its rich history begins in the early 1900s, when the neighbourhood was referred to as “The Ward.” A diverse population of immigrant labourers lived in this area of Toronto until it was eventually demolished to make room for the new buildings.
Yonge-Dundas Square is becoming a vital meeting spot for outdoor events, including festivals and concerts. In addition to being a shopping and entertainment zone, it is also a well-liked location for street performers.
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