Regina votes on possible name change for Davin School
87-year-old school named after man involved in creating residential schools
It's time for the public to have its say on a possible name change for Davin School in Regina.
The elementary school, named after Nicholas Flood Davin, has stood in the city's Crescents neighbourhood for 87 years.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, Indigenous children were removed from their homes and forced to give up their language and culture. Thousands of those students were physically and sexually abused, including many from Saskatchewan.
After the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report was released, the community and the board began discussing whether the school's name was appropriate.
In April 2016, Greg Enion, the director of education for Regina Public Schools, described the Davin Report as "a very negative part of our history," but he also said a potential name change would be a long process.
U of R education faculty calls for name change
The University of Regina's Faculty of Education released a statement calling Davin's educational legacy "one of cultural genocide" and says continuing to honour that legacy with a school name could negatively impact students as well as the broader community.
So, it "recommends the school name be changed to a more appropriate one for a school through public consultation and input in order to choose a new name."
The online consultation will be open from Nov. 6 to Dec. 15.
Regina Public Schools will present recommendations to the Regina Board of Education following the consultation. The school board plans to make its final decision by June 2018.