Catholic School Board “Revises” Grandin School Name After Kamloops Discovery: ECSD
EDMONTON – The Edmonton Catholic School Division (ECSD) is revising the name of Grandin Catholic Elementary School after the remains of 215 children were found at a former Kamloops residential school.
The name is under review because Bishop Vital-Justin Grandin, a Roman Catholic priest, helped orchestrate the residential school system in Canada.
“There is no escaping the horror of the discovery of the 215 children in an unmarked grave at Kamloops Residential School,” ECSD Board Chair Sandra Palazzo said in a statement.
“The discovery underscored the need for all parts of society, including school jurisdictions, to reconsider the use of namesakes related to the legacy of residential schools.
Grandin Elementary School in Edmonton is not the only one with this name in Alberta to gain attention. In Calgary, there are calls for Bishop Grandin High School to change its name.
The Calgary Catholic School Board said that at the moment discussions about changing the school’s name are diverting attention from prayers for children who died in residential schools.
They also said a decision to rename the school would not be made without consulting stakeholders, including native elders and Catholic bishops.
Contact the Residential School Survivors Society toll free at 1 (800) 721-0066 or the 24 hour crisis line at 1 (866) 925-4419 if you need emotional support or counseling. additional assistance.
With files from Kevin Green of CTV News Calgary