Toronto schools drop ‘chief’ from job titles to avoid offending indigenous people


Canada’s largest school board decided last week to remove the word “chief” from job titles to avoid offending indigenous peoples.

The Toronto District School Board—which oversees all secular, English-speaking schools in the city—is following the recommendation of its Truth and Reconciliation Commission, set up to document past abuses of indigenous children in Canada’s former residential school system and to make recommendations to address and right any wrongs, the Canadian Press reported.

Accordingly, titles like “chief financial officer,” “chief academic officer,” and “chief communications officer” will be renamed, despite the use of the word “chief” in those instances not referring to indigenous Canadians. – READ MORE

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