A new basketball franchise in Ottawa will drop the name “TomaHawks,” after public outcry when the team unveiled their controversial logo on Tuesday.
“I’d like to sincerely apologize the First Nations community and to the people who were offended and insulted. It was not my intention at all,” team co-owner Gus Takkale said at a CTV Ottawa appearance on Wednesday.
“Very, very soon we want to have a new name that’s going to represent the community and represent the things we want to do and the values that we hold.”
Ian Campeau, an Ojibway man from the Nipissing Fist Nation who started a campaign to get the Nepean Redskins youth football team to change their name, told CBC on Tuesday he was surprised by the logo choice for the Ottawa basketball team.
“It sets Ottawa back almost thirty years, when the NCAA is on its way to remove names…
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