On June 15th, 2021 the SD8 Kootenay Lake School Board unanimously voted to approve the motion for the removal of the name “Prince Charles” from the Creston high school’s name. The motion was submitted to the board on behalf of the community and included input from students, teachers, and parents in the interests of reconciliation. Read the Board's resolution.
A public engagement process took place to decide on a new name for the region’s secondary school. An online survey was posted on the district website, inviting students, parents, staff and the community to share their voices. Focus Groups and a virtual town hall took place in fall 2021.
The Board of Education is committed to creating meaningful and inclusive engagement opportunities and was fortunate to hear directly from students, parents, staff and the community with regards to the renaming.
Why a name change?
For many, the name, Prince Charles, represents a moment of history which is oppressive and exclusionary. For reconciliation to be meaningful, it needs to be supported through action. Earlier this fall, we marched alongside members of the Lower Kootenay Band in a Reconciliation Walk symbolizing the desired connection with the Lower Kootenay band. This was a tangible action and event we hope to grow and continue together, side by side.
The removal of the “Prince Charles” name from our school is another act of Reconciliation. We are not canceling the past histories, experiences, or artifacts from our time as PCSS, rather moving forward together with a new identity of hope. Our commitment is that this is the first step, of many, towards decolonizing education for our students.
Canada has a history of violence and trauma and one where we are still feeling the effects. We need to actively work towards dismantling the system of colonialism. Going forward, we at the school will be taking the time to interpret the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's calls to actions for Education into tangible collaborative actions for all.