McGill to an­nounce de­ci­sion on Red­men team name in Jan­uary

The Sudbury Star - - SPORTS -

MON­TREAL — McGill Univer­sity says it will de­cide next month what to do about its sports teams’ di­vi­sive Red­men name.

The Univer­sity’s provost said in a state­ment Fri­day he has re­ceived a re­port by a work­ing group look­ing into com­mem­o­ra­tion and re­nam­ing prac­tices at the univer­sity.

The re­port of­fers no de­fin­i­tive rec­om­men­da­tion on re­nam­ing the men’s teams, but says the test should be if the harm of keep­ing a name out­weighs the good.

Provost Christo­pher Man­fredi says the ad­min­is­tra­tion will seek fur­ther in­put in the com­ing weeks be­fore mak­ing a fi­nal de­ci­sion.

In a Novem­ber ref­er­en­dum, 79 per cent of stu­dents voted in favour of aban­don­ing the Red­men name. The vote fol­lowed a cam­paign by Indige­nous staff and stu­dents to drop a name they con­sider deroga­tory.

The Red­men name dates back to the 1920s and has been de­scribed as a trib­ute to the team’s red uni­forms. But in the 1950s, men’s and women’s teams came to be re­ferred to as the “In­di­ans” or “Squaws,” and later some teams used a styl­ized logo with an Indige­nous man wear­ing a head­dress.

“The prin­ci­ples ar­tic­u­lated by the re­port will be ap­plied in the first in­stance to the ques­tion of re­nam­ing of our men’s var­sity teams, the Red­men — a mat­ter that has drawn par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion in the last sev­eral months,” Man­fredi said.

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