An open letter to the CFL and the Ottawa football team owners
I am very much looking forward to the CFL’s return to Canada’s capital. Football holds a special place in the history and heart of our beautiful city. I’m conﬁdent that the new team will be a source of excitement and pride for thousands of fans.
Though there are rumors of a new name, as of today, the team has not yet chosen its moniker.
The CFL has previously demonstrated its comfort with duplicating team names. While Ottawa is indeed home to a signiﬁcant Inuit population, I’d discourage duplicating Edmonton’s CFL team name. Similarly, even though there are many First Nations people here on Algonquin Unceded Territory, I’d also suggest you steer clear of duplicating Nepean’s name: “the Redskins”.
If you need to duplicate a team name, why not go with the “Roughriders”. Saskatchewan was ok with it before, maybe they will be again, and it could help us recall an exciting era for football in this great city.