Edmonton’s CFL staff abandons the title “Eskimos”
EDMONTON (NEWS 1130) – The Edmonton CFL team will change its name after 100 years as pressure mounts on sports clubs to eliminate racist or stereotypical nicknames.
The CFL squad announced this Monday after the NFL’s Washington Club changed its name for the same reason.
“The board of directors of Edmonton Eskimo Football Club has decided to end the use of the word ‘Eskimo’ on behalf of the team,” said a statement from the Edmonton CFL Club on Tuesday.
“Since adopting the name over 100 years ago, our club and its predecessor organizations have celebrated the resilience and spirit of those living in the north. The team’s values such as community, integrity, respect and inclusion will not change with this decision. “
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The team began investigating a possible name change three years ago and consulting with Inuit communities.
“We have made these extensive efforts to fulfill our commitment and to continue our tradition of responding to community perspectives. We’ve expanded this reach and research with recent engagements and surveys involving Inuit, partners, seasonal seatholders, casual ticket buyers, and the entire community. We are proud of this work and intend to continue the club’s efforts to strengthen our relationship with the Inuit communities. “
Recent results show that views about team name are changing, the team says.
“While many fans are deeply committed to keeping the name, others are increasingly uncomfortable with the nickname. The club’s long-term viability requires everyone to stand behind this change and continue to support the team, especially during these tough financial times. “
Earlier this month, the Washington NFL team announced that the organization will be giving its name a thorough review after mounting pressure from sponsors to request a change.
– EE Football Team (@EdmontonEsks) July 21, 2020
“Our team has a long track record – both on and off the field – and we will continue to do so,” said Janice Agrios, Chair of the Edmonton Team Board of Directors.
“We feel it is important to make this change in response to the results of our recent engagement and research. For the future, we would like the focus to be on our work in the community and the excellence of our team in this area as the most successful franchise of the CFL. “
The Edmonton Club will conduct a comprehensive new name engagement process.
“This process involves researching and working with seasonal seat owners, occasional ticket buyers and partners. In the meantime, the club will use the names EE Football Team and Edmonton Football Team. “