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Sport CFL's Edmonton Eskimos follow Washington's lead, drop controversial indigenous nickname

01:10  22 july  2020
01:10  22 july  2020 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos announce they’ll change their name, will go by “Edmonton Football Team” while they “go through the process”

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The Edmonton -based Canadian Football League franchise has decided to change its Eskimos nickname The decision follows that of the National Football League’ s Washington Redskins, who are retiring their current Move extends rapid change in stance for team on long- controversial issue.

The blowup over the Washington Redskins NFL logo and mascot could boost a campaign in Canada to spike the CFL ' s Edmonton Eskimos brand, which The youth group Canadian Roots Exchange, which focuses on educating the public about indigenous communities, linked to the Redskins article

A week after Washington’s NFL team dropped its indigenous nickname, a CFL team is doing the same.

The Edmonton Eskimos announced on Tuesday that they are changing their name. The removal of nickname is another sports step in a larger culture shift.

The team has not yet decided on a new name.

“Our board of directors has made the decision to discontinue use of the word “Eskimo,” a team statement posted on the “EE Football Team” Twitter page reads. “We’ll be known as the Edmonton Football Team or EE Football Team while we go through the process of determining a new name befitting our storied team.”

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The Edmonton Eskimos are a professional Canadian football team based in Edmonton , Alberta, competing in the West Division of the Canadian Football League ( CFL ). The Eskimos play their home games at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium and are the third-youngest franchise in the CFL .

Norma Dunning, Inuk Researcher and Author of ‘ Eskimo Pie: A Poetics of Inuit Identity,’ talks about the need to change the Edmonton ’ s CFL team name amid cries of racism.

Team had rejected previous calls for change

The Edmonton Football team was founded in 1949 as the Eskimos. Like Washington’s team, Edmonton’s has repeatedly resisted calls to change its name and did so as recently as February after a year-long study into changing the name.

“We heard a wide range of views, ranging from individuals within the Inuit community who were very supportive of the name, and some (who) weren’t as supportive,” board chair Janice Agrios said in February, per Sportsnet. “What we did consistently hear was a desire for more engagement with the club.”

a group of baseball players playing a football game: Like Washington, Edmonton's football team will have a new nickname. (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Like Washington, Edmonton's football team will have a new nickname. (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Controversy behind nickname

Use of “Eskimo” as a sports mascot in Canada dates back to the 19th century, according to the Edmonton Journal. It’s considered by many to be a derogatory term that was placed on the Inuit people by colonizers.

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INUVIK, N.W.T.—Officials from the Edmonton Eskimos Canadian Football League club are on a tour of northern communities to discuss the team’ s name . Marketing vice-president Allan Watt says the idea is to hear what northerners think about a name that some say disrespects Inuit people.

Should the CFL ’ s Edmonton Eskimos change their name ? The question has been raised after the U. S Patent and Trademark Office decided in a landmark ruling on Wednesday to cancel six Washington Redskins registered trademarks, reasoning that the name was “disparaging to Native Americans.”

According to the Edmonton Journal, controversy around the nickname surfaced on a large scale in 2015. President of Canada’s national Inuit organization Natan Obed called for change as the team made a run to a Grey Cup championship.

“It isn’t right for any team to be named after an ethnic group,” Obed said in 2015. “This is part of the past. It isn’t part of the present and shouldn’t be part of the future.”

Edmonton’s football team engaged with leaders of the Inuit tribe after Obed’s statement, but didn’t engage the name change until Tuesday.

“Our team has a long history of winning — both on and off the field — and we will continue to do so going forward,” board chair Janice Agrios said in a statement, per Sportsnet. “We feel it is important to make this change in response to the findings of our recent engagement and research. Going forward, we want the focus to be on the work we do in the community and our team’s excellence on the field as the CFL’s most successful franchise.”

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