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I’m proud to be “a true Eskimo,” Nunavut MLA declares – Nunatsiaq News

by ahnationtalk on February 21, 202049 Views

21 February 2020

Lorne Kusugak says he’s happy the Edmonton CFL club will keep its name

Following a decision by the Edmonton Eskimos CFL club to keep its name, one Nunavut MLA and cabinet minister says he can’t understand why the team’s name ever became a controversy in the first place.

“Mr. Speaker, there was absolutely no offence taken to the word ‘Eskimos’ in the ‘70s, and I assure you the meaning of the word ‘Eskimo’ hasn’t changed from the ’70s to today. Everybody just needs to slow down and take a breather,” Lorne Kusugak, the MLA for Rankin Inlet South, said in a member’s statement on Thursday, Feb. 20.

This past Feb. 14, the Edmonton football club announced that, after a lengthy consultation, they’ll keep the name “Eskimos.”

That’s in reaction to a campaign that Natan Obed, the president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, launched in 2015, on the grounds that many Inuit are offended by the term “Eskimos” and do not want to be used as mascots by a professional sports team.

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