McGill to change Redmen team name 

April 15, 2019

McGill University has announced it will change the name of its men’s varsity sports teams, the Redmen, due to widespread acknowledgment of the term’s offensiveness toward Indigenous peoples. McGill Principal Suzanne Fortier announced the decision by email to students Friday morning, saying it was based on new principles of commemoration and renaming that the university established in December 2018. In the email, Fortier also cited major English dictionaries as sources confirming the term’s offensive connotations. “We cannot ignore this contemporary understanding. Intention, however benign, does not negate prejudicial effect,” said Fortier. “Inclusion and respect are at the core of our university's principles and values; pejoratives run contrary to who we are as a community.” CBC (QC)