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Name change at Cape Breton's Gaelic College opens centuries-old wounds

December 20, 2013 - 9:52 AM

HALIFAX - The vice-president of the Nova Scotia Gaelic Council says most of the group's members are offended by a recent decision to change the name of Cape Breton's Gaelic College to the Royal Gaelic College.

Tonya Lundrigan-Fry says the addition of the royal moniker is offensive to many because it ignores the fact that most of the Gaelic-speaking migrants from Scotland who moved to Nova Scotia in the late 1700s were forced out of the Highlands in the years following a decisive battle with the English.

Lundrigan-Fry says there was no consultation about the name change.

Rodney MacDonald, the CEO at the college, declined to comment on the controversy.

Alex Morrison, the college's volunteer chairman, stepped down earlier this week, saying more discussion was needed to resolve the issue.

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