School District 47 President’s Comments on Name Change Request

School District 47 is considering a request from the Tla’amin Nation to change the name of the Powell River School Board.

Dale Lawson, school board president, said at the May 18 school board meeting that a letter had been received from Tla’amin and that there had been a conversation at the board committee of the entire meeting.

“We had a lot of solid conversations around the letter we received,” Lawson said. “As a council, we recognized that the Town of Powell River and the Tla’amin Nation have begun an important process that they are now embarking on. We recognize that two of our schools are located in the qathet area outside the city. We recognize that our community is changing and that we must remain responsive in order to meet the needs of students in our district.

“We recognize that our title and brand must reflect the diversity of our students and our region, and that the best way forward for our school district is to consider the results of the process currently underway in our community before determining a process and timeline of our engagement.

In correspondence dated April 29 to Tla’amin hegus John Hackett, Lawson said that on behalf of all of the trustees she was writing in response to his letter dated April 11 regarding the name change request.

“We recognize the importance of this issue to the Tla’amin Nation,” Lawson said. “The board confirms its support for the Powell River School Board name change. As part of our ongoing discussions around a district-wide rebrand, we are committed to finding a new name for the school district that reflects the diversity of our students and region. Our process and timeline for the name change and rebranding effort are still under review.

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