OTTAWA – An Ottawa amateur football club — the Nepean Redskins — is changing its name and logo under mounting pressure from critics who say it’s a racist reference to aboriginals.
The team’s president Steve Dean says the change is voluntary and will be officially announced Friday.
In a statement issued today, he says the team “understands that the current name is offensive to some, and thus divisive to our community.”
The decision comes weeks after an Ottawa musician, Ian Campeau of the band A Tribe Called Red, filed a human rights complaint alleging the name is racist.
Campeau hailed the news, posting a triumphant “WE DID IT!!!” on Twitter.
The Ottawa club isn’t the only one facing criticism over the Redskins name.
A push to change the name of the National Football League’s Washington Redskins has also gained momentum this year.