Western Canada High School in Calgary will change the name and logo of its sports teams from "Redmen" to something less controversial.
The decision was recommended by a council of aboriginal elders from the Treaty 7 area who advise the board, said Calgary Board of Education spokesperson Calvin Davies.
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The term "Redmen" is considered an offensive reference to North American aboriginal people. In the United States, there's been a an ongoing campaign urging the NFL's Washington Redskins to change their name. In the lead up to this year's Super Bowl, the National Congress of American Indians released a video called "Proud to Be," targeting the team's name.
Strong support for decision
In Calgary, Davies said there's strong support from Western Canada's administration, students and parents for the decision.
"There's been enough discussion to date that we feel that it's high time for us to move forward and transition to a new name at Western Canada," said Davies.
Davies said the move was also inspired by similar decisions in other school districts.
Earlier this week, Saskatoon's public school board passed a motion calling on Bedford Road Collegiate in the city to change its team name from "Redmen."
There is no timeline on the promised change for Western Canada and no decision on what the new nickname for the school's sports teams will be.
Davies said the school board will look at ways of helping Western Canada cover the costs associated with the name change. That includes new uniforms and changes to the logo painted on the floor of the school's gymnasium.