26 June 2007

Which Eskimos?

I was surprised to see this headline in The Globe and Mail this morning: "Edmonton takes pity on homeless Eskimos." What exactly is Edmonton doing, I wondered. Why is the Globe and Mail using the word "Eskimos" when they usually write "Inuit"?

Then I realized the story was about the Canadian Football League team Edmonton Eskimos and it all made sense.

Homelessness (let alone any other social issue) among the native people of the Arctic is, unfortunately, hardly newsworthy. There's nothing "new" about it. It's a fact of life.

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