Dear Division 16,
For this post, I’d like you to consider the issue of the names chosen by sports teams. It has been an ongoing discussion whether team names that are intended to represent Aboriginal people are appropriate, and since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the profile of this issue has been raised in Canada.
Please read the article below and respond in your post to ONE of the two following questions:
If you are looking for more historical information and a more challenging read, here is an optional, longer, second article:
- Consider how it would feel to have a sports team named after a stereotype about your culture. What effect do you think this would have on your family or your community? Explain your thinking.
- Do you think that government should make a decision about this issue and make rules about team names and mascots? If yes, what level of government do you think should be involved and what rule should be made? If no, what process do you think should be put into place to address this issue?
I look forward to your responses!