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Motion to rename Oliver, Dan Knott schools before EPSB Tuesday – CTV Edmonton
September 8, 2020
EDMONTON — Edmonton’s public school board will discuss on Tuesday a motion to rename two of its schools, whose namesakes were affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan and racist government policies.
The proposal by trustee Michael Janz suggests the board follows the same process for naming new schools and gathers community feedback on Dan Knott and Oliver Schools.
The first of the two was named after a former Edmonton mayor and labour activist, who supported and saw support from the white supremacist hate group during his bid for city office.
Oliver School was named after former Member of Parliament Frank Oliver, who, during his time as a federal minister, pushed forward policy that permitted the expropriation of Indigenous land, affecting reserves across Canada. He also oversaw the creation of residential schools as Indian Affairs Minister.
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