Regina cheerleaders blasted for 'culturally inappropriate' costumes

A photo originally posted to social media that has since been deleted.

A photo originally posted to social media that has since been deleted.

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The University of Regina's administration has apologized after the school's cheerleaders planned a "culturally inappropriate" cowboys and Indians night.

The cheer team members dressed up Thursday night for their last practice, the group said on its Instagram account, where the photos were initially posted.

University president Vianne Timmons said she learned about the social event, which involved "culturally inappropriate themes and costumes," Saturday morning.

"The theme and costumes chosen were offensive and completely inconsistent with the values of this university," she said in a statement on the university's Facebook page, apologizing to the university community.

"In particular, I want to apologize to all people of Aboriginal ancestry associated with this University. They have a right to expect better of our institution."

Timmons said the coach apologized and team members will take cultural sensitivity training. The university will determine whether they need to be disciplined further, Timmons said.

The cheer team apologized on Twitter "for the photos."

 




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