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Nepean Redskins president reacts to human rights complaint

09/04/2013 08:46 EDT | Updated 11/04/2013 05:12 EST
The president of the Nepean Redskins says the football team doesn't think its name is offensive and that the club has received permission from the Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition to continue using the name.

You can watch the full interview above.

"We did reach out to the aboriginal community, we asked for their guidance on the use of the name, and we're actually advised to continue," Steve Dean told CBC News at a team practice on Tuesday night.

"Certainly the fact that the club presents such a positive influence in the community — and the name is synonymous with that — brings a positive light to the name."

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Ottawa musician and Ojibway man Ian Campeau, part of the group A Tribe Called Red, disagrees. He said he has a difficult time explaining the Redskins name to his five-year-old daughter, and he's filed a human rights complaint.

Campeau said he wants the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal to order the National Capital Amateur Football Association, which fields teams at various age levels using the Redskins name, to change the name and logo, which includes a cartoon depiction of a native man.

"The players call each other 'redskins' on the field," wrote Campeau in a news release.

"How are they going to differentiate the playing field from the schoolyard? What's going to stop them from calling my daughter a redskin in the schoolyard? That's as offensive as using the N-word."

To watch reporter Ashley Burke's full CBC TV report, including an interview with Campeau, click here.

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