McGill chooses Redbirds as new name for men's varsity teams

McGill University has chosen Redbirds as the new name for its men's varsity sports teams. (Ryan Remiorz/CP)

MONTREAL -- McGill University has chosen Redbirds as the new name for its men's varsity sports teams.



The university made the announcement today, more than a year after doing away with the old Redmen name.



In April 2019, the university announced it was dropping the Redmen name effective immediately, saying it had caused pain and alienation for Indigenous students at the university.

“This decision was the culmination of extensive consultation, debate and deliberation,” says Deputy Provost, Student Life and Learning Fabrice Labeau, co-chair of the Men’s Varsity Teams Naming Committee, said in a statement. “While several names emerged as top choices, in the end the Redbirds rose to the forefront for its strong links to both the past and present of McGill Athletics and Recreation.”

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