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Team to drop offensive mascot after human rights complaint

The Nepean Redskins, a youth football club in Ottawa, Ontario. Photo from Facebook

A youth football team in Canada is dropping its offensive mascot after an Ojibwe man filed a complaint with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.

Ian Campeau, who is part of the group A Tribe Called Red, filed the complaint on behalf of his five-year-old daughter. He said the name of the Nepean Redskins was racist and discriminatory.

"It's official. The Nepean redskins will be dropping the name and the logo at the end of the season. WE DID IT!!!" Campeau said on Twitter.

The volunteer club has been using the name for more than 30 years and modeled it after the Washington, D.C., professional football team.

Get the Story:
Amateur Canadian football club drops Redskins; team finds name ‘divisive’ to community (AP 9/19)
Ottawa football team to seek new name after racism complaint (The Globe and Mail 9/20)
Nepean Redskins drop controversial name (The Ottawa Citizen 9/20)

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