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Edmonton Eskimos team name inspired by “hardiness of Inuit culture,” says franchise – Nunatsiaq News
16 July 2020
CFL team gathered feedback through short-lived online survey
The Canadian Football League’s Edmonton team says it originally took its controversial name to acknowledge the “perseverance and hardiness of Inuit culture.”
As the Edmonton Eskimos football club reviews its controversial name amid renewed calls for a change, the team has said little of its origins up until now.
The explanation of the name came only as an introduction to a question in a recent online survey the club published earlier this week, prepared by Abacus Data, as part of the team’s efforts to consult stakeholders and Inuit communities.
The CFL team was founded in 1949, but a number of sports teams in Edmonton have used the same team name dating as far back as the late 1800s.
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