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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Regina high school opts to replace mascot, nickname deemed racially insensitive

REGINA - A high school in Regina will begin changing its nickname and mascot come September so as not to appear racially insensitive.

The Regina Public School Board has confirmed that Balfour Collegiate sports teams will no longer be called the Redmen.

Board spokesman Terry Lazarou says the decision was approved by officials at the end of June.

Input came from students, staff, teachers and elders.

A new name hasn't been chosen yet.

Balfour Collegiate is the latest school to commit to change its name because of concerns over the appearance of racism.

Bedford Road Collegiate in Saskatoon replaced its Redmen name and logo at the end of the school year with the Redhawks, as did Western Canada High School in Calgary.

"The school community has been talking about it for quite some time," Lazarou said of the Regina collegiate's decision.

"They're going to proceed in the next school year, starting in September, to come up with a process to rename the nickname (for) the school teams."

Unlike the Saskatoon school, where the logo was an aboriginal man with feathers and braids, the symbol for Regina's Balfour Collegiate is simply a red capital letter B.


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