Bishop Grandin, Langevin schools should change names: Nenshi

Calgary’s mayor is calling for a change to two schools with namesakes that helped build the residential school system.

CALGARY – Mayor Naheed Nenshi says he will formally be calling on Calgary’s public and catholic school boards to rename Langevin and Bishop Grandin schools.

Sir Hector-Louis Langevin, one of the fathers of confederation, was involved in the development of Canada’s residential school system.

Bishop Grandin also lobbied the federal government to build the schools.

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The call from Nenshi comes just days after the bodies of 215 kids were found near a former Kamloops residential school.

Nenshi told Monday’s council meeting the time for dithering on the issue has long passed, and both boards should change the names of those schools at their next meetings.

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