Halton District School Board seeking suggestions for Burlington school’s new name

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Published September 7, 2021 at 11:29 am

Back in June, Halton District School Board (HDSB) trustees unanimously approved a motion to rename Ryerson Public School in Burlington and are currently seeking suggestions for its new name from the community.

Edgerton Ryerson, whom the school was named after, is known for his contributions to Ontario’s public educational system. However, his recommendations were also instrumental in the design of Canada’s residential school system.

Back in 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada concluded the school system amounted to the genocide of Indigenous people.

The motion to rename the Burlington school, which is located at 565 Woodview Rd., was made in accordance with the Board’s Naming and Renaming Schools Policy and Governance Procedure and the process for it is now underway.

Currently, parents, guardians, students and the community will have the opportunity to provide their input before the name change is completed by the end of November. Suggestions for the school’s new name may be submitted from now until Sept. 24.

Suggestions can be made by completing an online form, by fax at (905) 335-4447, or by mailing it to the Communications Dept., Halton District School Board at PO Box 5005 STN LCD 1, Burlington, ON, L7R 3Z2.

Until a new name is chosen, the current exterior school sign will be covered. Additionally, information and signage have been posted to indicate there is a renaming process underway.

The HDSB recognizes the significance of naming a new school as an opportunity to reflect the geography, history, local environment, culture or traditions of the community as well as consider equity, diversity and inclusion in the school community.

Additionally, they recognize it as an opportunity to name a renowned person of historical significance to the Halton community, or a real person whose contribution to society or humanity is recognized and valued across Canada.

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