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At the May 17, 2022 Board Meeting, the Edmonton Public Schools’ Board of Trustees announced the renaming of Dan Knott School to kisêwâtisiwin School (pronounced ki se wât si win). kisêwâtisiwin is a Cree word that can be translated into English as the act of being kind. The school will be officially renamed for the 2022–23 school year.
“We are proud to share this step forward in reconciliation through the renaming of Dan Knott School,” says Edmonton Public Schools’ Board Chair Trisha Estabrooks. “The school’s long standing motto has been Do Nice, Be Kind, which aligns with the true meaning of kisêwâtisiwin. So many were engaged and consulted on finding the right name for this vibrant and diverse school community. As part of our commitment to anti-racism and equity, this name honours the Indigenous peoples who inhabited this land before us.”
The process of renaming Dan Knott School began in the 2020–21 school year in consultation with an Indigenous naming committee and community engagement sessions.