Derogatory team name no longer acceptable, Inuit leader tells CFL’s Eskimos

November 28, 2015
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Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the nationalThe Flawed National League Wild Card Race. Read more ... » Inuit organization, saysManitoba premier should apologize for comments on indigenous hunting, opposition says. Read more ... » the term is derogatory and symbolizes colonial policies. He said the teamWSOP 2015: Aditya Agarwal debuts Team Pro India patch in Main Event. Read more ... » needs to change its name.

Natan Obed

Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, says the term Eskimo is a relic fromNHL: 4 stories from Tuesday. Read more ... » the pastBrown sparks Leafs past Panthers. Read more ... » that needs to be changed. (Sima Sahar Zerehi/CBC)

“If I was called an Eskimo or introduced as an Eskimo by anyone else, I wouldJays broadcaster Cheek would have been 'humbled' by award: widow. Read more ... » be offended by that,” he said. “It is something that was acceptable at one time but now just isn’t.

“It’s time for the team to change its name. And it’s time also for all sportsRivalry Rage, Inc Renews Focus To Become A Leading Sports Social Site In Europe. Read more ... » teamsIs this the 'season of the backup' for Canadian NHL teams?. Read more ... » to change their names if they continue to use indigenous peopleFor the love of the game, people, start rooting for the Dallas Stars. Read more ... » as their mascots.”

It doesn’t appear that will happen soon, though. A spokesman for the Edmonton Eskimos said the organization has no plans to change the name.

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Relic from the past 

“The team has focused on diversity its entire history,” Orridge said.

“And they have a great‘A great day to be alive,’ or a Leaf: Feschuk. Read more ... » relationshipNDP vows 'nation to nation' relationship with indigenous people. Read more ... », as I understand it, with the native Canadian community. I don’t knowNHL: 5 things to know for Monday night. Read more ... » anything moreWade: I adjusted more than LeBron with Heat. Read more ... » aboutGostisbehere fired up about World Cup. Read more ... » that [other] thanWade: I adjusted more than LeBron with Heat. Read more ... » the Eskimos organization and the incredibly progressive and incredibly substantial people there.”

J.C. Sherritt

Eskimos linebacker J.C. Sherritt says the team name is an issue worthLeafs make us wait, but the future’s worth waiting for: Arthur. Read more ... » talking about. (CBC )

However, Eskimos linebacker J.C. Sherritt thinks the issue may be worth discussing, especially in light of the controversy overSteelers won't file complaint over headset failure. Read more ... » the name of Washington’s team in the National Football League.

“I know the Redskins name backGM: Want Lynch back; Wilson talks underway. Read more ... » home is something that is constantly talked about and needed change,” he said.

“When thingsNHL: 5 things to know for Monday night. Read more ... » like that happen, conversation is always a good'It's a pretty good team': Vegas GM has reason to smile. Read more ... » thing and if we need to talkBryant wants 'man-to-man' talk with Big Ben. Read more ... » about it we’ll talk about it.”

Obed says it’s a conversation that shouldManitoba premier should apologize for comments on indigenous hunting, opposition says. Read more ... » happen. He played juniorMerkley among first Team Canada world junior cuts. Read more ... » hockeyCanada’s Cup win maintains world hockey order: Arthur. Read more ... » and was a member of a hockey team in university, so he understands how fansTeam Canada fans' new reality: no beer in Helsinki stands. Read more ... » can be passionate about a team name. But he hopes society can move beyond a term that is a relic from the past. 

“I think we can have thisIs this the 'season of the backup' for Canadian NHL teams?. Read more ... » discussion without havingWNBA’s Liberty honour basketball team that was disqualified for having a girl on it. Read more ... » an uproar about being overly politically correct or trying to defame a proud organization,” he said.

“I think we just have to talk about what is right in 2015 for the relationship between the indigenous people of Canada and the non-indigenous portions of our population.”

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