A Tribe Called Red DJ files human rights complaint over Nepean Redskins name

OTTAWA — A local Ojibway man has filed a human rights complaint against the Nepean Redskins Football Club on behalf of his five-year-old daughter in an effort to get the team to change its name.

“The players call each other ‘redskins’ on the field,” said Ian Campeau, a musician and DJ in local act A Tribe Called Red. “How are they going to differentiate the playing field from the school yard? What’s going to stop them from calling my daughter a redskin in the school yard? That’s as offensive as using the n-word.”

The discrimination complaint Campeau has filed with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario on his daughter’s behalf asks the Tribunal to order the National Capital Amateur Football Association, which fields teams at various age levels using the Redskins name, to change the name and logo, which includes a cartoon depiction of a Native man.

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo said he supports the move because the word Redskin is “offensive and hurtful and completely inappropriate.

“First Nations are too often exposed to racism and discrimination,” he said, “and I do not want to see any young indigenous child hurt because their peers use this term in the mistaken belief that it is acceptable. This complaint to the Human Rights Tribunal speaks to the broader need for greater public awareness, education and understanding about First Nations people and our shared history and priorities.”

The football association is resisting the name change and says Campeau’s opinion is not shared by all members of the native community.

More to come.

Original story at: ottawacitizen.com