Brantford school renamed Edith Monture Elementary

Photo shows (from left to right) Colin Walker, Suffiyan Tahir and Zack Trowbridge, Grade 8 students in educator Ashley Penrice’s class, presenting research they completed on Edith Monture as part of the renaming process.

BRANTFORD, ONT-A city elementary school is about to change its name. Grand Erie District School’s Ryerson Heights Elementary School is changing to become Edith Monture Elementary School. The name change honours the Ohsweken-born World War I veteran who was the first Indigenous woman in the country to become a registered nurse, and the first Indigenous woman and registered band member to gain the right to vote in Canada. The board decided on a name change over concerns about the man the school is named for, Egerton Ryerson, and his links to Canada’s residential schools. “Egerton Ryerson lived from 1803 to 1882 and was an influential historical figure and educator,” according to a GEDSB news release. “His legacy, with respect to the establishment of the residential school system, is seen to…

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