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Military to apologize to Winnipeg girl named Isis after snafu over her name

Canadian Forces members will be apologizing to a nine-year-old girl named Isis Fernandes after her name caused a flap at Grey Cup festivities in Winnipeg this week.

'Her name is beauty and has nothing to do with terrorism or bombing,' says Isis' mom

Canadian Forces members will be apologizing to a nine-year-old girl named Isis Fernandes after her name caused a flap at Grey Cup festivities in Winnipeg this week. 1:15

Canadian Forces members will be apologizing to a nine-year-old girl named Isis Fernandes after her name caused a flap at Grey Cup festivities in Winnipeg this week.

On Thursday, Fernandes went on a class trip to the University of Winnipeg.
“[Isis's] stand was, ‘Mom, I'm proud of my name, and I'm going to keep it,’” said Amanda Fernandes. “She's so proud of her name that this Halloween she dressed up as Isis the goddess." (Amanda Fernandes)

She competed in an obstacle course with her classmates, and when she went to get her certificate of completion from a Canadian Forces member, he refused to write her name down on the certificate.

"When she said her name, at first he was like, 'What?' She says, 'My name is Isis,' and he said, 'Well I'm not writing that,'" said Isis's mom Amanda Fernandes.

Isis was named after an Egyptian goddess and means "beautiful," Amanda explained.

"I honestly couldn't believe it. My grandfather is a veteran of the military. I'm very upset about it. I couldn't believe it," she said. "This is an adult putting down a nine-year-old child. Who would be joking about having a name like that? It doesn't make any sense to me."

Amanda said the military member did eventually write down her name, but "continued to give them a little bit of attitude as he wrote it down on the paper," Amanda said.

Isis came home from school crying.

"She was really upset. She went back to the school and she cried, and she came home and cried, and we talked about it some more. She's in better spirits today," said Amanda.

She's offered her daughter to go by her middle name, but she said her daughter decided not to.

'I'm proud of my name'

"Her stand was, 'Mom, I'm proud of my name, and I'm going to keep it,'" said Amanda. "She's so proud of her name that this Halloween she dressed up as Isis the goddess."

Canadian Forces members will be apologizing to a nine-year-old girl named Isis Fernandes after her name caused a flap at Grey Cup festivities in Winnipeg this week. (Courtesy Amanda Fernandes)
Officials with 17 Wing have got in touch with the family and plan to meet with them Friday afternoon and apologize.

But Amanda said this is happening to young girls across the country with the same name.

"There's so many girls who are going through the same thing. We want to create awareness that her name is beauty and has nothing to do with terrorism or bombing," she said. "If we make it a more negative message, then people will continue to think negatively about the name. We have to turn this and put a positive twist from it."

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