Sports teams await word from Human Rights Commission

The Sarnia Braves and Point Edward Blackhawks want to keep their team names but are willing to alter their logos if directed to by the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

Sarnia and Point Edward began working with the two organizations after the Commission sent a letter to Ontario municipalities last April warning Indigenous-themed sports logos can have harmful impacts.

They also continue to talk to the chief and council of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation, which have not objected to the Braves and Blackhawk names or logos.

But a decision on their future use won’t be made until the municipalities hear back from the Commission’s legal department, city staff said last week.