Episode 6 – McGill Redmen: Change the Name

 

On this episode of Changing On The Fly, we kick it with Tomas Jirousek, an Indigenous student athlete at McGill University in Montreal. He’s a rower, former hockey player, hailing from the Kainai First Nation in Alberta, and he’s been leading the charge to get McGill to change their racist varsity team name – The Redmen.

Then, we take you to a recent demonstration held at McGill on this issue, and we’ll hear from Nakuset of the Montreal Native Women’s Shelter, and Denzel Sutherland-Wilson, another Indigenous athlete at McGill (from the Gitxan nation). Continue reading “Episode 6 – McGill Redmen: Change the Name”

Episode 3 – Gritty: The Anti-Fascist Hockey Hero

 

How did Gritty, the new mascot for the Philadelphia Flyers, become the new mascot for the American anti-fascist movement? Gritty is a huge, ugly, scary orange monster, who comes to us at a time when there is an equally huge, ugly, scary orange monster in the White House.

We’re joined on this episode by Mark Bray, history professor & the author of “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook” to talk about Gritty, hockey, and what the antifa movement actually is. Since we’re talking about Pennsylvania and fascism, we also reflect on the recent tragic synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, and pay our respects to the victims. May their memories be for a blessing. Continue reading “Episode 3 – Gritty: The Anti-Fascist Hockey Hero”

Episode 2 – Race and Racism in Hockey

 

If you look at the face of hockey, it’s about as white as the ice the game is played on. But if you start to scratch the surface, you start to notice that not only is the game much more diverse than you think, but also that people of color have a long and celebrated history in the sport. Yet still, racism and racial discrimination run rampant throughout the sport today.

On this episode of Changing on the Fly, we take on the topics of race and racism in hockey. We’ll hear about the amazing history of the Coloured Hockey Leauge in Nova Scotia in the late 1800s, how racism manifests itself on the ice, but also about how some players are standing up with a fist in the air. Continue reading “Episode 2 – Race and Racism in Hockey”

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