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Vancouver school names should be more multicultural, says new board chair

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DH Vancouver Staff Jan 26, 2018 2:09 pm 4,142

The new chair of the Vancouver School Board is proposing a change to the way schools are named to make them more multicultural.

In a post on Twitter, ahead of the next board meeting on Monday, Janet Fraser shared the motion she will be putting forward for a vote.

“The names of Vancouver schools do not adequately represent the historical multicultural heritage of our city,” reads the motion.

The motion also references the fact that two years ago, the Vancouver Board of Education committed to support First Nations reconciliation.

It therefore proposes that the board develop and implement a process that “includes stakeholder and community consultation to revise its naming and renaming policies.”

This would “enable better representation of the city’s historical multicultural heritage and the board’s commitment to reconciliation,” according to the motion.

The Vancouver School Board will vote on the motion on Monday.

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