Alberta premier says Eskimos ‘need to have conversation’ about changing name

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the Edmonton Eskimos should lead a discussion about changing the CFL team’s nickname – one that some consider offensive.

In an interview with The Canadian Press, Notley says it would show good leadership for the franchise to engage the community – including Indigenous people – in the conversation.

Notley adds that while she won’t tell the team what to do, she would like to hear what people have to say about the issue.

Many consider the word Eskimo a slur, or at least an uncomfortable vestige of colonialism for Inuit people.

There have been periodic calls in recent years for the Edmonton team to change its name.

The team said this month it was keenly listening to all input, including from loyal season ticket holders and other fans.

– CP