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Edmonton Eskimos are being forced to play the name game – Calgary’s Business
by ahnationtalk onSeptember 13, 201849 Views
The CFL team has carried the name for a long time and it’s not racist or demeaning in any way
The Edmonton Eskimos are legendary. From the time of Jackie Parker and Normie Kwong, they’ve been one of the toughest contenders in the Canadian Football League. Now they face demands to change their name.
Some Inuit and other Indigenous groups say the name is racist and demeaning, and ‘Eskimos’ must go. According to critics, the name was given to the Inuit by their traditional enemy, the Cree. It means ‘eater of raw meat’ and is therefore offensive.
However, it’s not clear why eating raw meat is considered offensive. In fact, it was a point of pride for the Inuit to be known as people who ate raw meat when Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean visited the north a few years ago. She famously took part in a ceremony during which she ate a piece of raw seal meat.
This was a proud moment for the Inuit. They’ve been eating the raw flesh of marine animals for thousands of years. That raw meat diet was far healthier for them than the western diet that today makes so many Inuit sick.