Davin School Online Consultation Launched

On November 6, 2017, Regina Public Schools began an anonymous online consultation process on the subject of the name of Davin School in Regina’s Crescents neighbourhood. It is important that all members of the Davin School community, including parents, students and staff, have the opportunity to participate.

The school is named after Nicholas Flood Davin (1843-1901) who has a street, a fountain and a Saskatchewan community named after him. A journalist, a lawyer and a member of the Canadian Parliament, Davin was commissioned in 1879 to conduct an inquiry into the American boarding school system and to determine if that system would be appropriate for the Canadian Northwest. The result of this inquiry was titled: Report on Industrial Schools for Indians and Half-Breeds. It has come to be known as the Davin Report.

Public scrutiny of the Davin Report, especially in light the history of residential schools and the recommendations of The Truth and Reconciliation Report has precipitated a re-evaluation of the appropriateness of the use of his name on the school.

The online consultation will be open from November 6, 2017 to December 15, 2017. Following the collection of all the responses, Regina Public Schools will present recommendations to the Regina Board of Education. The Board will 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.

To participate in the online consultation, please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DavinSchool

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For more information about Nicholas Flood Davin:

http://www.regina.ca/residents/heritage-history/historical-biographies/biography-davin/

For more information about the impact of residential schools on Canada’s First Nations population, visit: http://reconciliationcanada.ca/

To Read the Davin Report, please follow this link. http://www.archive.org/stream/cihm_03651#page/n5/mode/2up

To read the final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Volume 1, Canada’s Residential Schools: The History, Part 1 Origins to 1939, please follow this link.

http://www.myrobust.com/websites/trcinstitution/File/Reports/Volume_1_History_Part_1_English_Web.pdf