BURNABY, B.C.- Two years after dumping their controversial Clan nickname, Simon Fraser University’s sports teams will be called the Red Leafs.
SFU announced the news on Tuesday after what the Burnaby, B.C.
school called an extensive consultation process that began in 2020.
SFU’s sports logo has included a maple leaf for decades, and it is “recognized as a symbol of unity across its campuses,” the university said in a statement.
The Red Leafs will debut their new look with a launch party on Thursday. The women’s volleyball team, which plays on Thursday night, will be the first to wear the new name.
The push to dump the Clan came after more than 13,000 people signed a petition in June of 2020. In a virtual town-hall meeting in July, 97 per cent of attendees voted to change the name.
The Clan is a nod to Simon Fraser’s Scottish heritage, but there was significant concern about the name mistakenly being tied to the Ku Klux Klan.
The name was chosen after consultations with numerous student groups, including the Simon Fraser Students Society, Indigenous Students Centre, and representatives from the SFU Students of Caribbean and African Ancestry (SOCA) and SFU First Nations, Metis and Inuit Student Association (FNMISA).
SFU also sought feedback on the name from nine Indigenous Host Nations.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 6, 2022.