27 Kentenhkó:wa/November 2020
It is with very heavy hearts that we hear of the passing of Mrs. Shirley Scott, a founding member of our Kahnawà:ke Combined Schools Committee. Shirley was a longstanding member from the time of its inception in 1968 until her retirement in 1986. She actively advocated for the establishment of the Joint Unification Agreement, which strengthened education in Kahnawà:ke and gave parents a voice for the education of their children. This unification agreement was history in the making as it brought together all three factions of the community: Catholic, Protestant, and Longhouse to work towards a common purpose, education. She supported many other educational initiatives within our community, including the establishment of Mohawk Immersion in our schools and the establishment of Kahnawà:ke Survival School.
Shirley was a true leader in our community. Though gentle, her strength was resounding through her voice, which she shared on many committees for the ultimate benefit of the community.
On behalf of the Kahnawà:ke Education Center and the Kahnawà:ke Combined School Committee, we extend our deepest condolences to Shirley’s entire family.