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The CFL's Edmonton Football team now called Elks

By: Brayden Hnatiuk
Posted: June 1, 2021 12:20

Team dropped Eskimos nickname following a push against the use of Indigenous names

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The Edmonton Football team, previously named the Eskimos, will now go by the Elks.

The organization dropped the Eskimos, following a similar decision by the NFL's Washington team, after a call last summer for sports teams to drop the use of Indigenous names.

Elks was one of seven potential name changes the Edmonton Football Team was mulling over, which included; Evergreens, Evergolds, Eclipse, Elkhounds, Eagles and Elements.

The 2021 CFL season is expected to begin a 14-game season on August 5 after not playing in 2020 due to the pandemic.

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