School named after Six Nations woman

Over 20 members of the Monture family turned out to the school naming ceremony last week. (Photo by Bree Duwyn

By Bree Duwyn Writer A Brantford city school is now boasting the name of a noted Six Nations woman. Edith Monture Elementary, formerly known as Ryerson Heights, held its official renaming ceremony on Wednesday (Sept. 28). Students, staff and the Board of Trustees, along with guests and the family of Edith Monture, came together to honour her memory in song, dance, speeches and the planting of a white pine tree on school grounds. The school’s new name recognizes the contributions and legacy of Edith Monture, a Mohawk woman who was a World War I veteran born in Ohsweken, Ont. Monture was the first Indigenous woman in Canada to become a registered nurse and the first Indigenous woman and registered band member to gain the right to vote in Canada. Terri…

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