- July 21, 2020
- In response to Obed’s calls for the team to change its name, the Eskimos organization announced that it would increase its engagement with Canada’s Inuit population. This engagement included holding consultations with Inuit in several Northern communities and sending Eskimos players to represent the team and meet with students in Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk. In February 2020, following a year-long research ...
History of the Edmonton FT
The Edmonton Football team is among the oldest and most successful teams in the Canadian Football League (CFL). Founded in 1949, they have won 15 Grey Cup championships. This makes them tied for second with Toronto Argonauts for most championship wins. The team has had some great players over the years, such as Warren Moon, Damon Allen, Doug Flutie, and Ricky Ray, who all helped to make this franchise one of Canada's best football teams.
Edmonton’s success can be attributed to its solid fan base, among the largest in CFL history. Every game day, thousands upon thousands of fans come out to cheer on their beloved Edmonton Eskimos at Commonwealth Stadium located near downtown Edmonton Alberta Canada. This support from fans helps fuel both home games and away games, giving them an advantage over opponents throughout league play each season.
In addition to having a loyal fanbase, the organization has created stability within its coaching staff by hiring former player Jason Maas as head coach in 2016. Since then, he has led his team into playoffs three times, including winning two divisional titles and being named Coach Of The Year twice during his tenure. This shows that they have passionate supporters and outstanding leadership off the field, which gives them an edge when it comes down to crunch time during big playoff runs or even regular season matchups against rivals like Calgary Stampeders or BC Lions every year.
1958 – Present / Canadian Football League
2021 - Present / Edmonton Elks
2021 / Edmonton Football Team
1949 - 2020 / Edmonton Eskimo
Edmonton Football Team - The Canadian Football League is home to some of the most iconic teams in professional sports, and Edmonton's team is no exception. The Edmonton Football Team (EFT) has a long and storied history of over 100 years. As one of the oldest franchises in the CFL, they have had many different nicknames throughout their time as a franchise. In this blog post, we will explore how these various nicknames came to be associated with Edmonton’s football team over the years!
When first established in 1949, EFT was known as “the Eskimos” - an homage to Canada’s northern heritage and culture. This nickname endured until 1971 when it was changed due to its potential for being misinterpreted by fans outside Alberta who may not know what an “Eskimo” means or represents culturally speaking.
From 1972-1978 EFT went by another name; "The Oilers." The moniker paid tribute both geographically—as the oil plays such a significant role within Alberta—and also historically: at one point during World War II, there were two Royal Canadian Air Force squadrons based out of nearby Namao airfield, which was named after two local rivers; North Saskatchewan River & South Saskatchewan River respectively – hence why they chose "Oilers" as their new nickname!
Finally, from 1979 onwards, EFT adopted its current name: ‘Edmonton Football Team.' This change marked a critical moment for them —not only did it signal that they wanted people around Canada (and beyond!)to recognize them simply under this new title, but it also served as recognition towards all those involved with bringing together such great talent on the field each year since 1949– making sure everyone knows where credit should go when cheering on your favorite CFL team!.
All told then, whether you're cheering for 'the Eskimos', 'the Oilers' or just plain old 'Edmonton Football Team,' there's no denying that whichever way you call them –they remain one of Canada's premier football franchises today!
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2015, 2005, 2003, 1993, 1987, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1975, 1956, 1955, 1954
1978 - Present / The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium
1949 - 1978 / Clarke Stadium
1949 - Present / Community - Widely Held
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