DURHAM — The name of Sir John. A. Macdonald P.S. in Pickering could soon be up for debate.
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has approved a motion calling on school boards across the province to rename schools bearing the name of Canada’s first prime minister.
The motion, which was passed during ETFO’s annual meeting earlier this month, says school boards should rethink the use of Sir John A. Macdonald’s name “in recognition of his central role as the architect of genocide against Indigenous peoples, the impact that this has on the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, parents and educators, and the ways in which his namesake buildings can contribute to an unsafe space to learn and to work.”
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