Understood . You basically answered my question with your own question . I also didn't mean you personally had an agenda , my apologies for that .
Basically if the truth be known I'm willing to wager that a very small percent of the Indigenous population actually were aware of or cared one iota about what the Edmonton team was named . On the other hand I'm sure there was also more of the majority then the minority that did happen to follow CFL football who probably embraced the name and saw no problem with it in the first place .
Well if you want to see an example of that look to our military.
They recruit young people from all over Canada and most do not understand a word of French and most of the Quebecers that join the military can't speak a work of English. They have set up French only Army regiments, French only aircraft squadrons and French only ships. But a lot of times a French guy gets posted out west or to Ontario and has to learn English. They try not to post English guys to Quebec, but it does happen.
Agreed! The fact that we haven't "forced" the G-G and Prime Minister to be at every Grey Cup is a major failing of the league. It should be culturally mandatory; I would expend league dollars on lobbying and PR to make it happen.
All of these things are little building blocks towards the entirely artificial reason that every Prime Minister is asked what NHL team he's behind, and a step away from that is the subtle encouragement of every Canadian to themselves pick and back a NHL team. You get TV reporters asking random celebrities who they hope wins the Grey Cup, it tells Canadians watching that the Grey Cup matters and that they too should have a team to back.
If the CFL wants to be culturally relevant, it needs to do the hard, slow and mostly behind the scenes work to be that way.
It's a long climb up from where the league is today, but the goal would be that a politician hoping to keep being voted for would never dare say such a thing. It should be as horrifying a statement as him saying, "I don't care for the NHL, I like KHL style hockey only." Someone would break into 24 Sussex and assassinate him.
I believe they are both cultural but one is inclusive and the other is exclusive .
For the pow wow ; Unless that is your culture you are an observer of someone else's experience and heritage that is part of the larger society of Canada . It is exclusive to their own but you are invited as a guest to witness but you cannot claim that as your own.
The Grey Cup is about the broader sense of culture of belonging to something that is unique to Canada but is inclusive to all Canadian's heritage Indigenous , immigrant , or one that has several generations within Canada .