Process begins to possibly change name of Davin School
- EFN Staff | November 09, 2017
The Regina Public Schools announced the start of an anonymous online consultation of the name of Davin School in Regina starting November 6 to December 15, 2017.
Once the responses are all collected, Regina Public Schools will present recommendations to the Regina Board of Education to make its decision prior to the end of the 2017-18 school year.
The online consultation is comprised of five questions meant to engage the school community and the public in a conversation on the subject of keeping or changing the Davin name on the school.
Public scrutiny of the Davin Report has led to some to re-evaluate the appropriateness of the use of his name on the school.
The school is named after Nicholas Flood Davin (1843-1901), who was the author of the Davin Report, which recommended the formation of the Industrial Schools for Indians and Half-breeds, as stated in the media release.
Davin was viewed as “one of the most conflicting characters to ever live in Regina,” as stated in his biography on the City of Regina webpage. “He founded the Regina Leader, the first newspaper in the district and the forerunner of the Regina Leader-Post. Davin was also a lawyer, a Member of Parliament and the first person to have a literary work published in the North-West Territories.”
Davin School is located in Regina’s Crescents neighbourhood.
The online consultation link is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DavinSchool.