Gidgalang Kuuyas Naay, new name for secondary school

Reconciliation was the foundation for a motion to officially change the name of the Queen Charlotte Secondary School.

 

Reconciliation was the foundation for a motion to officially change the name of the Queen Charlotte Secondary School.

“I think in the emotion of reconciliation, this would be the right thing to do,” Kim Goetzinger told school board trustees.

She said the Truth and Reconciliation Commission documents had inspired her with their recommendations toward indigenous language and culture.

“There was a lot to do with Indigenous language and culture and how if those recommendations were followed how that would help to sooth those survivors of residential schools, today. There are several of us that are still affected by residential schools,” Goetzinger said

Gidgalang Kuuyas Naay means “precious children” in Haida, and will be the new name for the secondary school in Queen Charlotte.

“It was done legally in Haida Law and the Haida Law amongst  the Haida Nation is the highest form of law. It was done respectfully a few years back, the name Queen Charlotte was given back, respectfully, to the government and our name is now Haida Gwaii, legally,” Goetzinger explained.

“I think I can speak for both communities when I say this is a good idea, it really is.”

The school board trustees voted unanimously for the name change to be ratified.

The name change will come into effect Sept. 1, 2016, depending on the ministry.

Superintendent Angus Wilson told the board that he has reached out to the Ministry of  Education inquiring about the name change process for the school. Wilson told the board that this process is much simpler than the process they had to go through to change the name of the district.

Deavlan Bradley, principal at the soon-to-be Gidgalang Kuuyas Naay, welcomes the change o name and doesn’t anticipate much, if any transition for the student body.

Trustee Denise Husband had asked for some student consultation but was told by Goetzinger that they went through the  process during the legacy pole -raising feast, last school year.

 

Just Posted

Oil tanker ban to be reviewed by committee

Indigenous groups for and against Bill C-48 travel to Ottawa to influence the Senate’s decision

Man charged following Q.C. house fire that set off explosives

Thomas Daniel Kendall may face up to 14 years for causing bodily harm by breaching duty of care

Wind warning issued for Haida Gwaii today and overnight

Another wind warning has been issued for Haida Gwaii for today and… Continue reading

Haida leaders join coastal First Nations push for tanker ban

Elected and hereditary Haida leaders met some Ottawa senators last week, and… Continue reading

Grim situation in coming year for northwest, B.C. fisheries

Annual post-season review in Prince Rupert informs DFO on how to manage 2019 fishing season

Man caught on camera allegedly trying to defraud ICBC

Auto-insurer warns B.C. drivers to record info after crashes

Warning issued as forecast calls for 20-foot waves in Tofino

Dangerous waves, strong currents and upper-shoreline flooding expected for Tofino-Ucluelet area

An 800-pound pig named Theodore needs a forever home, B.C. society says

‘Theodore is not destined to be somebody’s bacon’

2,000 Canadians died of an overdose in first 6 months of the year

New data from the Public Health Agency of Canada shows the crisis is not subsiding

Teenager Alphonso Davies wins Canadian Men’s Soccer Player for the Year Award

Derek Cornelius and Chilliwack native, Jordyn Huitema were named Canadian Youth International Players of the Year

B.C. teen MMA fighter shows heart

Young Unity MMA competitors bring home Ws

Another B.C. city votes to ban single-use plastic bags

First six months of proposed ban would focus on education, not enforcement

UK Prime Minister Theresa May wins party no-confidence vote, but troubles remain

May won the vote of 317 Conservative legislators with a 200-117 tally

B.C. trustee’s anti-LGBTQ comments got him barred from schools

Barry Neufeld calls vote to leave him off liaison list ‘workplace discrimination’

Most Read