Iroquois Ridge HS Renaming Request - Updates

Updates for Families & Staff

April 12, 2024 - Iroquois Ridge HS Renaming Request Update

April 12, 2024

Dear students, parents/guardians and staff,

We would like to provide you with an update regarding the request to rename Iroquois Ridge High School. 

As you know, the Halton District School Board received a request from a Halton community member to consider renaming the school. Staff are required to bring forward all requests that meet the criteria set in Board’s School Naming and Renaming Governance Procedure to the Board of Trustees for decision. The request to initiate the renaming process was approved by the Board of Trustees on March 6. 

Following concerns raised about the Board’s current School Naming and Renaming Policy and School Naming and Renaming Governance Procedure, Trustees rescinded this decision at last week’s Board meeting to further consult with Indigenous communities to determine whether or not it is necessary to initiate the renaming process.

We are aware of ongoing dialogue from many voices on the request to rename the school, and that some of this dialogue has become harmful and divisive for Indigenous community members. We also know there is some misinformation and confusion about how the HDSB has managed this request. In an effort to be completely transparent and provide you with as much information as possible, we’ve prepared a timeline to detail the process undertaken so far in responding to this request. We hope this provides clarity so that we may move forward in a fair, informed and respectful manner. 

We appreciate and recognize the concerns and confusion on the current process for receiving and responding to school renaming requests. We know that to move forward in a respectful manner, the community must have confidence in our process and in knowing that appropriate and fulsome consultation has occurred. 

We know there are diverse perspectives on the name and we recognize the harm felt by some members of the Indigenous community who have expressed their view of the name as being derogatory. We are committed to championing supportive and inclusive practices and fostering an environment that is safe and welcoming to all. 

Next Steps

Trustees will review and update the School Naming and Renaming Policy and School Naming and Renaming Governance Procedure. Staff will review and update the Naming/Renaming Schools Administrative Procedure to ensure alignment with the Policy and Governance Procedure. HDSB staff will then bring forward a report containing the feedback received from Indigenous communities for Trustees to decide whether or not to move ahead with renaming the school. 

Please be assured that feedback from the entire school community is and continues to be integral to our school and the HDSB. 

If you have any questions about this, please reach out. 


John Stieva


Claire Proteau 

Superintendent of Education 

Timeline of Events

November 2023

December 2023

February 2024

March 2024

The recommendation provided in this report is in alignment with the HDSB Multi-Year Plan, the HDSB Indigenous Education Policy, the Ontario Human Rights Commission, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action

The Board of Trustees approve the motion to initiate the renaming process of Iroquois Ridge High School at the March 6 Board meeting.