Nearly 80 per cent vote in favour of ‘Redmen’ name change

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The votes are in to drop the Redmen nickname from the  McGill men’s sports teams.

Almost 6000 students voted – nearly 80 per cent in favour – in a referendum that wrapped up yesterday.

Tomas Jirousek, a varsity team rower and a member of the Kainai First Nation in Alberta led the campaign.

“We’re incredibly pleased and emboldened by the results,” he told K1037 News.

The Redmen name has been called racist and the teams even used images of Indigenous people on their logos throughout the 1980’s. However, the University says the nickname refers to the colour of their jerseys.

“It doesn’t matter where the Redmen name came from. It doesn’t matter what the origin is. All that really matters is that Indigenous people are hurting and that’s what the University need to understand here,” said Jirousek.

A University led working group on the principles of commemoration and renaming is scheduled to release its report on December 5th.

Item added to Fall Community meeting

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A new item has been added to the agenda for tonight’s Fall Community Meeting in Kahnawake. The Mohawk Council of Kahnawake (MCK) says the item will be the course of action being taken by the MCK to address Canada’s S-3 amendments to the Indian Act. That act is expected to result in perhaps as many as 35 000 people considered “Status Indians’ being added to the list of registered Mohawks on the federal list.

Kahsennenhawe Sky Deer is the MCK Chief in charge of the membership portfolio.

“Things are coming to a head because we are seeing people being registerd to our community and it’s important for us to educate the community on what this means and what this could mean for us in the future moving forward. So at tonight’s community meeting there will be a presentation. We will be announcing some things that are going to be happening  in the next little while. It’s very important, as mentioned previous, we tried to educate not only the Iroquois Caucus leadership but the Mohawk Nation about what’s coming, and it’s here.”

Also on the agenda: Land Allotments, Tioweró:ton and Cannabis. The meeting begins at 7 pm at the Golden Age Club.

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