Sunday, April 8, 2007

No Olympics on stolen Native land

"No Olympics on stolen Native land" has become the battle cry for Indigenous resistance to the Vancouver Olympics The Dominion

As the Vancouver Olympics approach, the building of highways, condos, and resorts have accelerated on land that Indigenous activists say is unceded territory.

The official website of the 2010 Olympics touts the "historic" and "unprecedented" participation of First Nations in the Vancouver games. According to the site, the collaboration between the Vancouver Olympic Committee (VANOC) and Aboriginals will include increased opportunities to "showcase art, language, traditions, history and culture" and "promote skills development and training related to the games." This kind of ”trinket and bead exchange” is beside the point, says Kanahus Pellkey. "We're still fighting for our homeland."

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