Sports Teams Adopt the Thun­der­birds Name

Trek Magazine - - Message From The President -

The leads the search for a new sports team name to re­place the “Blue & Gold,” fi­nally set­tling on Thun­der­birds. The Thun­der­bird is a pow­er­ful sym­bol in West Coast First Na­tions cul­ture. In 1948, Chief Wil­liam Scow, his son, Al­fred (a UBC law stu­dent) and the Neel fam­ily of the Kwik­wa­sut’in­uxw First Na­tion for­mally grant UBC per­mis­sion to use the Thun­der­bird name (see page 28). A totem pole carved by Ellen Neel is gifted to the univer­sity to es­tab­lish a bond be­tween the Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity and the cam­pus. Al­fred Scow would go on to be the first Abo­rig­i­nal per­son to grad­u­ate from UBC’s law school and be ap­pointed to the Bench.

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