Saskatoon school to “respectfully retire” culturally insensitive name

On March 4, 2014, the Saskatoon Board of Education voted to “respectfully retire” the name and logo of Bedford Road Collegiate. Bedford Road Collegiate, a high school (grades 9-12) located in Saskatoon’s inner city, opened in 1923. The school’s sports teams have, until now, been called the Bedford Road “Redmen” while the school logo featured a caricature of an indigenous person wearing a feather headdress. The school board has voted to retire the name and logo and put in place a new name and logo prior to the start of the 2014-2015 school year with the school board set to cover the costs of renaming.

 

While the appropriateness of the name and logo has been questioned previously, it wasn’t until 2011 that individuals began to organize to push for the school board to change the name and logo once and for all. The Facebook group “Bedford Road “Redmen”, it’s time for change” has been instrumental in pushing for this long overdue change.

 

A Regina high school, Balfour Collegiate, also uses the name “Redmen” and a logo featuring a large red “B”. As a result of the Saskatoon Board of Education decision, the Regina Public School Board has asked their Elders Advisory Councilto review the appropriateness of the name.