HWDSB Calls for Nominations for New Elementary School Name


The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board is now accepting submissions for the Ryerson Elementary School name change.

The school released a letter on Monday advising parents that the school’s name is being changed through an Indigenous-informed process that encompasses ethical engagement, consultation with local Indigenous communities, and the spirit of truth and reconciliation. .

“Many consider Egerton Ryerson, our school’s current namesake, an architect of Canada’s residential school system who committed cultural genocide against Indigenous children and families,” the letter said. “So far, we have engaged Indigenous Knowledge Keepers to understand how the land has shaped human and natural activity at the school site, and to suggest potential names. »

The school is now inviting residents to submit proposals for potential names.

Submissions will be accepted from February 14 to March 21.

Residents can submit their suggestions using one of the following methods:

  • Email your name suggestion to [email protected]
  • Take the online naming survey at hwdsb.info/RyersonRenaming
  • Participate in a group consultation, the details of which will be shared in the coming weeks.

Submissions will then be reviewed by a nominating circle made up of representatives including Ryerson students, administration, ward administrator, superintendent, staff, families and members of the Indigenous Education Circle and community members.

The group will submit its name recommendation to the Board of Directors who will confirm the name by motion at a Board meeting.


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