McGill puts off decision on changing contentious Redmen team name

first_imgMONTREAL — McGill University says it need more time before deciding what to do about its sports teams’ contentious Redmen name.Principal Suzanne Fortier says in a statement that she’s postponing a final decision due to a high volume of messages expressing opinions on whether the name should be dropped.The university released a working group report in December that revealed deep divisions between students and alumni who defend the nearly century-old name and those who feel it is derogatory to Indigenous students.The Redmen name dates back to the 1920s and has been described as a tribute to the teams’ red uniforms. But in the 1950s, men’s and women’s teams came to be nicknamed the “Indians” and “Squaws,” and some teams later adopted a logo with an Indigenous man wearing a headdress.Seventy-nine per cent of students voted to abandon the Redmen name in a November referendum following a campaign led by Indigenous staff and students.The school had originally promised an answer in January, but Fortier now says she’ll consult some more with students, staff and stakeholders before announcing a final decision by the end of the current semester.The Canadian Presslast_img