The Limestone District School Board provides the following statement to our school communities regarding a recent motion from the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) concerning schools named after Sir John A. Macdonald:
"There is no doubt that Sir John A. Macdonald is a controversial historical figure and there are big questions that are being addressed as part of the national reconciliation process. Many buildings in Canada bear his name, but this is not unique to school boards and is part of a broader national dialogue.
That being said, there are many schools in Ontario named for Sir John A. Macdonald and, given this is a ETFO provincial motion, we need to consult with our provincial trustees’ organization and Indigenous leaders for a response to ETFO’s position."
Paula Murray, Chair