Calgary high school changes controversial team name

Dave Dormer, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:46 AM ET

CALGARY „Ÿ After a year-long process, the Western Canada High School sports teams will be known as the Redhawks.

School principal Kim Hackman unveiled the new name and logo Thursday, saying the change was made after years of complaints from Aboriginal groups that the former name, Redmen, and logo, a native bust wearing a headdress, was racially insensitive.

The change comes into effect in September.

"It has been a concern for many, many years," said Hackman.

"The name Redmen was seen, in a sense, as derogatory toward First Nations people.

"Concerns came from past alumni and we also had concerns from the native community."

Hackman admitted however, opinions were mixed on the name change.

"I would say I received as many letters in support of changing the name as I did saying we should maintain the name," he said.

Complaints have been made about the name and logo since the 1970s, said Hackman.

"There was a review done in 2006 because of the same concerns and there were also concerns in the 70s and in the 80s so this is not something that's new," he said.

 

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