LBE, RCCDSB announce new names for schools

January 13, 2021
The Langley Board of Education has announced the new name of its school, Donna Gabriel Robins Elementary. The school is named for retired educator Donna Gabriel Robins, who originally nominated her father, Chief Joe Gabriel of the Kwantlen First Nation, and said she was humbled and honoured by the naming. “I’m an Indigenous person from Kwantlen First Nation, along the bloodline of a chieftainship, my sister right now is a chief,” said Gabriel Robins. “I just think it’s really important to have an Indigenous female and a strong family represented.” The Renfrew County Catholic District School Board has also announced the official name of its virtual school: St. Kateri Tekakwitha Virtual Catholic School. The school is named in honour of the venerated St Kateri Tekakwitha, who the Gananoque Reporter explains is the first North American Indigenous saint. The name was finalized after the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation gave its blessing to the choice. “[St Kateri Tekakwitha] is the patron saint for the environment, aboriginals, and sickness,” said Grade 7 student Alexandra, “and right now the world is dealing with sickness and environmental problems so she is the saint we need at these times.” City News 1130 | Gananoque Reporter (ON | BC)