Sports Teams Adopt the Thunderbirds Name
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.