POLITICS

Calgary high school ditches Redmen name for its sports teams

03/06/2014 10:35 EST | Updated 05/06/2014 05:59 EDT
CALGARY - A Calgary high school has joined a Saskatoon-area counterpart in deciding to stop using the name Redmen for its sports teams.

Officials at Western Canada High School in Calgary will look at coming up with another name after talks with aboriginal groups and elders.

A school board decision this week also resulted in Bedford Road Collegiate high school in Saskatoon ditching the name and team logo, which depicted an aboriginal man with braids and feathers.

Officials at Western Canada High said there will be a cost to changing school uniforms and signage in the gym, but they wanted to follow a trend set by other schools in Canada and the United States.

In Saskatoon, board chairman Ray Morrison said the origin of the Redmen name was innocuous — with one school taking blue as its colour and the other taking red — but over time it has become inappropriate.

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