School board to ask First Nations’ opinion on Mohawk moniker – Medicine Hat News

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School board to ask First Nations’ opinion on Mohawk moniker – Medicine Hat News

by ahnationtalk on June 18, 2015270 Views

June 17, 2015

SD 76 will be contacting Mohawk First Nations to discuss the use of their name as the mascot for Medicine Hat High School.

“In order to honour our shared heritage as Canadians, the board is directing administration to share the rationale and positive tradition in which the Mohawk name is used by MHHS with the Canadian Mohawk Nations of Kahnawà:ke and Akwesasne,” trustee Deborah Forbes said, reading the motion at Tuesday’s school division meeting. “… Our school district is going to reach out for input in the development of background information in order to assist with honouring and celebrating the Mohawk name.”

The board’s decision comes after a MHHS student began a petition calling for the school to abandon the use of the name. Numerous other schools across Canada and the U.S. have stopped using aboriginal names and imagery for mascots and logos due to objections from First Nations people.

At this point the petition to remove the name has not been submitted to the district, said board chair Terry Riley following the meeting, while a counter petition with 1,500 names calling for the name to remain has been submitted.

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