Not Your Mascot: Why Native Mascots Are Harmful (Ep. 7)

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In today’s episode we chat with April Fornier, who is an Early Childhood Educator and an Indigenous rights Activist. 

April discusses team names and mascots, specifically names and mascots that are racist and that objectify a group of people, in this case Indigenous People. 


April talks to us about the Washington NFL team that needs to change its name, the negative impact of having team names that are raciest and hurtful and why this practice needs to change. 


April gives recommendations on how you can start to pay more attention and get involved in helping meaningful change happen. 


April and Nadia do some role playing on how you can bring up these topics on your team if your name or mascot are problematic. 


April also talks about making mistakes and how you move forward from something that you’ve done to a group of people, a teammate or a coach that is hurtful. 


Find April Fournier: 


Instagram is @aprildgr8 
A few of April’s favorite Instagram accounts to follow are: @redhouseseries @_illuminatives @ndncollective @indigenousrising  @iiycfamily (and many more, follow me and find them all, lol) @niwrc 




The work:
Indigenous Mascot
American Psychological Association position on retiring native mascots, as recommended in 2005!!!! (15 YEARS AGO)

National Congress of American Indians position and evidence for changing the mascots:


Indigenous Trauma
National Indigenous Women's Resource Center-  An organization dedicated to ending and preventing violence against Indigenous women and children.  


The Transcript for this episode is coming soon 





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