Anirniq / A-nirk-nik

What makes a ward?

Wards are a designated area of local authority, and it could be said that Anirniq simply comprises most of what was once known as Ward 2 in northwest Edmonton. However, if we look beyond geography, Anirniq is a vibrant part of our city and home to a community defined by the friendly, hard-working and diverse people who live here.

I have discovered that Anirniq is full of constituents who ask the right questions and possess confidence and respect towards the city they inhabit. They embrace the true spirit of community and are always willing to lend a hand. I am excited to work with all of you as we strengthen this city for future generations.

Anirniq - Naming & Related History

Edna Ekhivalak Elias, a member of the ward renaming committee, explains the history and background of Ward Anirniq

Edna Ekhivalak Elias, a member of the ward renaming committee, explains the history and background of Ward Anirniq

View an illuminating background video on the ward's naming from the City of Edmonton.

 

The City of Edmonton, at the suggestion of community leaders, adapted Indigenous names for all wards when they redrew the system in 2020. Anirniq, pronounced A-nirk-nik, means ‘Breath of Life,’ or spirit in the Inuktun language. The name recognizes the Inuit youth who suffered through or perished from tuberculosis at the Charles Camsell Indian Hospital, a building that stands, abandoned, minutes northeast of today’s Westmount Mall.

You can learn more about this change, including the history and meanings for all ward names, on the City website.

Are you a resident of Anirniq?

Consult the map below to determine if you live within the new Anirniq ward, which 111 Avenue bounds to the south, 156 Street to the west, the Henday to the north and 97 Street to the east, excluding the areas surrounding NAIT and some neighbourhoods east of Castle Downs.

Not sure where to find your home on a map? No problem. Enter your street address using the search box at the top right of the map, and it will pinpoint your location. If it falls within the purple area, you’re a resident of Anirniq.

Anirniq Ward Map

Not a resident of Anirniq?

That's unfortunate! The City of Edmonton website has a tool that can direct you to the correct ward for the upcoming election.