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Strength and Struggle: Changing the Name – The Bull and Bear

by ahnationtalk on November 5, 201858 Views

Despite the rain and freezing temperature, masses of McGill students, faculty, and Montreal community members gathered at the steps of Milton Gates on October 31 to call for a name change for McGill’s varsity men’s team. The name “Redmen”, which has been in use for a little under a century, is being challenged due to its links to racial stereotyping of Indigenous people.

The protest was organized by Tomas Jirousek, a third-year political science major, student-athlete, and member of the Kainai First Nation of Alberta. He is the Chair of the Indigenous Affairs Committee and SSMU Commissioner of Indigenous Affairs. This year, he is leading the charge on an issue that has been brought up by Indigenous students time and time again, finally culminating in the creation of a Provost Task Force on Indigenous Studies and Indigenous Education.

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