Decolonizing school names in Fort Simpson

Sharon Allen shows students how to prepare Moose hide in June 2016. (Photo Courtesy of Thomas Simpson School - Facebook Page)

After 30 years of discussion, the two schools in Fort Simpson may finally have Dene names.

Liidlii Kue First Nation Chief Gerry Antoine welcomes this decolonized approach from the District Education Authority which is a follow up on a motion which started with the community council to ‘regain, maintain, and celebrate culture.’

“This initiative to change the school names is really positive, we welcome that. We look forward to working together ensuring these kind of things are done in a positive and healthy way,” Antoine told CKLB.

DEA chair Kevin Allen says a majority of people in the Dehcho region and community feel it would help move away from the residential school experience.

“The effort was made before but it never came to fruition, so we decided to put out their again and see what happens,” added Allen.

The committee is accepting suggestions until this afternoon at 4:30pm.

The new names to replace Thomas Simpson High School, and Bompas Elementary will be reviewed next Tuesday.

About the Author

Josh Campbell
Campbell is back as the host of the new CKLB Morning show the Breakfast Club. Before moving north in 2007, he graduated from Loyalist College's Broadcast Journalism Program.

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