Mayor calls on Es­ki­mos to change name

The Prince George Citizen - - SPORTS -

WIN­NIPEG — Ed­mon­ton’s mayor says he wants the city’s CFL team to start tak­ing steps to­wards a name change.

Don Ive­son says there needs to be se­ri­ous con­ver­sa­tions about chang­ing the name, given that an or­ga­ni­za­tion that rep­re­sents Inuit peo­ple calls the term Es­ki­mos of­fen­sive.

Ive­son says it doesn’t have to be re­solved in the next month while the Ed­mon­ton Es­ki­mos are in the CFL play­offs.

He says it’s up to the team to talk with the pub­lic and other stake­hold­ers about what name would work for all, and he’d like to see it hap­pen be­fore the Grey Cup comes to Ed­mon­ton next year.

Win­nipeg Mayor Brian Bow­man said ear­lier this week he wants the Es­ki­mos to change its name to a more in­clu­sive one.

Natan Obed, pres­i­dent of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, which rep­re­sents Canada’s 60,000 Inuit, said the city can be a leader in the move­ment to rec­on­cil­i­a­tion with Indige­nous peo­ple by chang­ing the name.

“It is my hope that the team will re­spect the wishes of the Inuit and re­place its moniker with a team name that is not widely con­sid­ered an eth­nic slur,” Obed said.

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