Now this is interesting.
Nanaimo school named for Indigenous man who helped find coal could be renamed
Now of course, the authorities will try to hide their intentions:
While colonization was not the fault of Coal Tyee or any other Indigenous person, his role is not one to be celebrated and is not consistent with the district’s policies, wrote Saywell, who questioned whether the school, under its current name, could be seen as welcoming to Snuneymuxw students.
Colonization wasn't your fault of course, Tyee, you couldn't have known any better. But we are going to strip you of this honour because you really did inadvertently fu*k us up. "Tragic figure" you are, Tyee. Without "colonization" we could have been so much further ahead. Of course, there was no school before colonization, but that's beside the point, Tyee. School is good colonization, coal and oil and energy is bad colonization. Got it? Well hold on, certain types of school, not all school, Tyee. Lots of school was bad. Only some is good. Today, this school is good. Maybe in 20 years we will decide it too is bad, and that teaching indigenous kids math and writing and English is harmful. But that's a class-action case for another day, Tyee.
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 19 January 2022 - 02:50 AM.