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  • Scholar panel will dissect controversy around sports team logos

    Sports teams are increasingly coming under fire for using logos, mascots and other images or wording that stereotype Indigenous peoples.

    Last month, several groups asked the Ontario Superior Court to block the Cleveland Indians from using its team name or “Chief Wahoo” logo during an American League playoff game in Toronto. After the court denied the request, Major League Baseball issued a statement saying “we would welcome a thoughtful and inclusive dialogue to address these concerns outside the context of litigation.”

    This Friday Nov. 18, a panel of Brock University sport, culture and Indigenous scholars will discuss how an increasing focus on social responsibility in pro sports and sport management may change how teams brand themselves.

    “Indigenous team names and logos are typically framed in terms of how passionate fans are about their team’s name, its history in the community, or the economic cost of change,” says co-organizer Lisa Kikulis, Associate Professor and Chair of Brock’s Department of Sport Management.

    “We need to keep the debate going and dig a little deeper about uncovering the history, the cultural landscape, the legal, and the consumer’s interest in social responsibility and also giving voice to those whose voice has not been adequately heard.”

    Logos like those is use by the Cleveland, Chicago and Washington teams are “a mockery to very strong, very intelligent people,” says Indigenous scholar Colleen Patterson.

    “We have our own imagery that we encapsulate to express ourselves. This is not the kind of imagery we see instilling pride.”

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    What: “Deconstructing the use of Indigenous names and images in sport” panel discussion
    When: Nov. 18 from 3 – 5 p.m.
    Where: Thistle Room 325, Brock University
    Who: Applied Health Sciences researchers Craig Hyatt, Hilary Findlay and Cathy van Ingen; moderator Scott Henderson, Associate Professor in the Department of Communications


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  • Cheechoo’s performance will recall her own struggle in residential schools

    MEDIA RELEASE:  R00242 – 9 November 2016

    The public is invited to a free performance this Sunday Nov. 13 as Brock University Chancellor Shirley Cheechoo delivers a monologue from her play, Path With No Moccasins.  The event begins at 2 p.m. in Brock’s Sean O’Sullivan Theatre. Early arrival is encouraged, as seating will be first come, first served.

    A personal account of Cheechoo’s struggle to maintain her identity and connection to her Cree heritage, the central theme of Path With No Moccasins deals with human rights abuses in Canada’s residential schools in the 1950s and ’60s.

    Cheechoo is an award-winning artist, actor and filmmaker who has worked in the Indigenous community for more than 40 years. She is currently executive and artistic director of Weengushk Film Institute, a non-profit artist-focused film and television training centre on Manitoulin Island. This is the first time she will deliver the monologue in the Niagara region.

    The event is presented by Brock’s Department of Child and Youth Studies and supported by a Connections Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

    For more information:
    •  Kevin Cavanagh, Brock University Communications 905 688-5550 ext 5888
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