Olympic mascots 2010 : how many
Aboriginal symbols and people are used
in these Games ??
by Laura Robinson]
British Columbia: In 2010, the world
will focus on Vancouver and Whistler for
the Winter Olympic Games.
The Games are being held on the
traditional and shared traditional lands
of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh,
Squamish and Lil'wat people Along
with the sporting events, the Four Host
First Nations plan to showcase their
cultures as a vibrant and integral part
of Canada's heritage.
organizers say that Aboriginal
participation is unprecedented. However:
Tewanee Joseph, CEO of Four Host First
Nations, can’t name one Aboriginal
athlete on Canada's winter or summer Olympic teams.
Canada is sending 200 athletes to the
VANOC (Vancouver Olympic Committee)
asked Vancouver to stop an annual Feb.
14 women’s march to remember the city's
missing and murdered women and
aise awareness of violence against
Aboriginal women. VANOC said the march
would cause traffic jams.
Vancouver disallowed the injunction and
the march will proceed.
Cowichan First Nation knitters offered to supply their
famous and beautiful hand-knit sweaters
as an official sweater for the Games.
VANOC turned them down. However, VANOC approved $350 sweaters from
The Bay, an official Olympic
sponsor. The Bay's sweaters copied traditional Cowichan designs.
The Cowichan Nation took VANOC to task
and settled, but the income
for tribal knitters was greatly
Premier Gordon Campbell twice asked the Mi’kmaw Children’s Se’t A’newey
Performance Choir to
sing at the opening ceremonies. This
fall VANOC told them they were not on
The Choir was told they could sing at
the Aboriginal Pavilion at the Queen
Elizabeth Theatre. But
Aboriginal Pavilion is
not in the theatre -- it
is a temporary tent in the theatre’s
The choir proudly replied that they
weren’t interested in playing second
Youth attending the Olympic Indigenous
Youth Gathering from Jan. 30-Feb. 14
were asked on the VANOC website if they
wanted to be part of the Olympics. If
a photo of themselves in regalia and not
21st century clothes;
to dance, drum, take instruction and
for all performances;
Return home if they talk to the
media about any problems.
After all this, youth will be sent home
the day after
competition begins on Feb. 13.
Native youth must relinquish rights to
their own images or creative work.
They will not receive any revenue
proceeds from any photographs taken of
youth whose images, artwork, or written works
appear in the official Olympic books
will not receive profits from book
youth create a song,
dance or piece of visual art while at
the Youth Gathering, VANOC holds 100% of
the rights to all of these creations --
forever-- and doesn't have to pay a
"Authentic Aboriginal Designs” on
t-shirts, scarves, toques, vests and
other memorabilia are made in
China, Bangladesh, Haiti, Hondouras, and
India. Aboriginal artists who wanted
their work considered had to give VANOC
permission to change their work if it
And the Games have not yet begun
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