Edmonton Eskimos keep team name following consultations

"There were a range of views regarding the club’s name but no consensus emerged to support a name change, the club has therefore decided to retain its name."


The Edmonton Eskimos have decided to keep their team name.

Concerns were originally raised in 2015 by the head of Canada's national Inuit organization.

Natan Obed has said that Inuit people are not mascots.

Over the last year, the team met with Inuit leaders and people in the northern communities of Iqaluit in Nunavut and Inuvik, Yellowknife and Tuktoyaktuk in the Northwest Territories.  It also did a telephone survey among Inuit.

The team has also conducted surveys that suggested a small majority of Canadians found the Eskimos name acceptable.

The Eskimos were founded in 1949

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