Names should have been voted on

Re: Name changes, Williams Lake Secondary School and Columneetza Secondary School.


Re: Name changes, Williams Lake Secondary School and Columneetza Secondary School.

I totally do not agree with the name changes of the above mentioned schools.

I am sure many who graduated from the senior secondary school of Columneetza are in the same state of mind.

In perspective, it is not very often a name of a school is a genuine name in a First Nations language.

Any school names in Williams Lake are mostly in English. Columneetza Senior Secondary School was an acceptable name.

I am wondering who decided in the changes of the school names. Was there a proper voting in this name change?

Or was it a way of getting rid of a beautiful name like Columneetza? I feel it is up to the people in local and remote communities to make the final decision of the name change. Columneetza Secondary School set a good standard. I was proud to have graduated from Columneetza.

As of today, what are we to celebrate when we have a forty year graduation ceremony?

They should withhold or rescind the school names chosen until an appropriate school name is selected properly or settled.

Would it have been better to have a vote in the names selected instead of telling the people about what names are appropriate for a school name and simultaneously the school board allowed a school name to be voted upon without the public’s knowledge?

And that’s how I felt it was done. Which means the whole method of choosing a school name wasn’t done in a fair process.

I heard many people were surprised of the changes and many didn’t know of those changes happening until just recently.

Lets be honest and prudent of this whole process or action in the changes of a school name. There are many people who would like the school name to remain the same.

Maybe it should’ve been called “Columneetza Campus One” and the other, “Columneetza Campus Two?”

We talk about bullying not being permissible. Isn’t this a form of bullying?

The school board should have respected the First Nations culture before considering any name change which should have been approved by all Chiefs in the district.

Ivor Deneway Myers

Williams Lake

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

As a former reporter and editor at the Tribune, Diana French carries on sharing her ideas through her weekly column. (Photo submitted)
FRENCH CONNECTION: Reasonable decision making can go a long way

We’re all at fault, but today I’ll pick on politicians

Lorne Doerkson is the Liberal MLA for the Cariboo-Chilcotin. (Black Press Media file photos)
MLA’s CORNER: Be thankful for volunteers

It amazes me just how much people do to make the Cariboo Chilcotin region a better place for all

Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes shared this photo of the binders and binders of letters and paperwork she’s received on area roads in the past few years. (Submitted photo)
Cariboo MLAs call on province to fix region’s roads

Minister Rob Fleming said more resources were on the way to the region

Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Williams Lake Tribune.
FOREST INK: A year to remember for lumber prices

As of March 12, a basic SPF (spruce, pine, fir) two-by-four cost $1,040 per thousand board feet

Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
RANCH MUSINGS: Drier weather good for calving season

My partner and I team up to look for any newborns and note them for later in the day

(The Canadian Press)
Trudeau won’t say whether Canada supports patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines

‘Canada is at the table to help find a solution’

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Pieces of nephrite jade are shown at a mine site in northwestern B.C. in July 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Tahltan Central Government MANDATORY CREDIT
Indigenous nation opposes jade mining in northwestern B.C.

B.C.’s Mines Act requires operators to prepare a plan to protect cultural heritage resources

The body of Brenda Ware, 35, was found along Highway 93 in Kootenay National Park on Thursday, May 6, 2021. (RCMP handout)
RCMP ask for tips after woman’s body found in Kootenay National Park

Brenda Ware was found along Highway 93 in the park, 54 kilometres north of the town of Radium

People pass the red hearts on the COVID-19 Memorial Wall mourning those who have died, opposite the Houses of Parliament on the Embankment in London, Wednesday, April 7, 2021. On May 3, the British government announced that only one person had died of COVID-19 in the previous 24 hours. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Kirsty Wigglesworth
For a view of a COVID-19 future, Canadians should look across the pond

Britain, like Canada, is one of the only countries in the world to delay second doses for several months

Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid (97) celebrates his 100th point this season with Leon Draisaitl (29) against the Vancouver Canucks during second period NHL action in Edmonton on Saturday, May 8, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Edmonton superstar McDavid hits 100-point mark as Oilers edge Canucks 4-3

NHL scoring leader needs just 53 games to reach century mark

Nuns of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, carry some of her relics during a vigil of prayer in preparation for the canonization of Mother Teresa in the St. John in Latheran Basilica at the Vatican, Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. In which city did she do much of her charitable work? (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
QUIZ: How much do you know about these motherhood issues?

In honour of Mother’s Day, take this 10-question quiz

Most Read