CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos plan to talk to Inuit communities about team name

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EDMONTON - The Edmonton Eskimos "will ramp up" their engagement with Inuit communities to evaluate their views on the CFL team's name.

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EDMONTON – The Edmonton Eskimos “will ramp up” their engagement with Inuit communities to evaluate their views on the CFL team’s name.

The Eskimos made the announcement Friday.

“We recognize that there has been increased attention to the name recently and we will ramp up our ongoing engagement with the Inuit communities to assess their views,” the CFL team said in a statement.

Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray removes his helmet after he failed to score in the final minutes of the fourth quarter during the CFL Eastern Conference final Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008 in Montreal. The Edmonton Eskimos are keeping their team name.The CFL franchise announced Friday it was keeping the Eskimos moniker following "an extensive year-long formal research and engagement program with Inuit leaders and community members across Canada." THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

In February, the Eskimos announced they were keeping their name. That followed a year-long research process that involved Inuit leaders and community members across Canada.

“The Edmonton Eskimos conducted an extensive research and engagement program with Canada’s Inuit community regarding our team name,” the team said in its statement Friday. “We announced the findings from that program several months ago which included the fact that there was no consensus among the Inuit people and considerable support for the Eskimos name among Inuit in various parts of Canada.”

The name has been used by Edmonton sports teams since the late 19th century.

Also on Friday, the NFL’s Washington Redskins announced they were undergoing a “thorough review” of their nickname. In a statement, the club said recent events in the United States and feedback from the community prompted the review.

Meanwhile, Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians said they will review their long-debated nickname on Friday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 3, 2020.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version contained outdated information about the Edmonton Eskimos’ team name.

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