Plaque will help Gaelic College acknowledge royal designation

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ST. ANNS — The current plan is to acknowledge the royal designation for the Gaelic College by placing a plaque on-site, the college's CEO says.

The Gaelic College in St. Anns. The college's board of governors has decided not to proceed with using the "Royal" prefix in its day-to-day operations. Cape Breton Post photo

In a news release issued late Friday afternoon, the board of governors' decided to drop the prefix from the college's name and in "day-to-day operations."

However, the board still plans to "properly acknowledge this honour, in a number of ways, throughout the days ahead."

Further details about how that designation would be acknowledged weren't immediately available Friday. Monday, CEO Rodney MacDonald said in an interview that the matter is now in the hands of staff.

"The first step, a plaque will be placed on-site at the college acknowledging the letter from the queen," he said, adding there hasn't yet been any discussion about any additional steps that may be taken.

"There's no exact plan to date in this regard ... we have acknowledged with other press releases on our website, and secondly, with a plaque.

No firm plans for the placement of the plaque have yet been made.

A recent foundation meeting was the first formal chance for the membership to quiz the board of governors on the royal designation. A motion brought forward calling on the rejection of the "royal" prefix was passed by a margin of 45-23.

Many people considered the designation inappropriate and offensive due to the harsh treatment of the Gaels by the English over hundreds of years.

Former board chair, Alex Morrison, had resigned his position about a week after the designation became official in December. It followed extensive criticism over the name change.

Organizations: Gaelic College

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