Statement of Indigenous Rights Activist Douglas Cardinal re Canadian Court Ruling on Cleveland Team's Name and Logo

TORONTO, Oct. 17, 2016 /CNW/ -- I am deeply disappointed in the court's ruling, however, today was a victory in that we have elevated awareness of this serious issue at a national -- and even international -- level. 

We had hoped the court would recognize the immediate harm that the Cleveland baseball team's racist name and logo would cause, especially since the team has already demonstrated its ability to wear a jersey without an offensive name and mascot. That this kind of discrimination is not a violation of human rights underscores the challenge Indigenous Persons of North America continue to face. 

I hope that, one day, the Cleveland team's ownership will realize that its racist name and logo has got to go – entirely.  Until then, we will continue to argue our case before the appropriate legal authorities, and call upon everyone who supports our cause for equality to stand with us and express their support for the Indigenous Persons of North America.  #NotYourMascot

 

SOURCE Douglas Cardinal, Renowned Architect and Indigenous Rights Activist

For further information: James Fuller, 240-393-1369; or Joe Householder, 202-465-6707

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