Coast Salish Territories (BC, CANADA): OLYMPIC RESISTANCE
Activists getting ready for Vancouver 2010 Olympic games
10 Feb 2010 06:38 GMT
In the shadow of the largest internal security operation in Canadian history, activists prepare to expose the truth about colonial politics.
From February 12-28 2010 Vancouver & Whistler will be host to the 2010 Winter Olympics and local activists are calling for a anti-olympic convergence to dispel the spectacle of the games. Vancouver is located in the province of British Colombia, Canada, on the traditional land of the Coast-Salish indigenous communities. This land was never legally ceded to the colony of British Colombia and no treaty exists between native communities and the government of Canada. This fact hasn't stopped the government from allowing the development of large settlements, such as the city of Vancouver itself with it's population of well over 1 million, nor the huge resource extracting industries that come with it. For this reason Indigenous rights activists are demanding "No Olympics on Stolen Native Land."
No Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics On Stolen Native Land | Olympic Resistance Network (ORN)
The Olympic host city of Vancouver, is also host to an selection of other social and environmental crimes. While critical funding is being cut from housing and social programs, billions are being spent on Olympic-related construction. Considerable attention is being focused on promoting green initiatives in Vancouver and British Columbia, calling this years' winter games the "green Olympics". This being said while logging and mining remain the greatest industries in the province and land is continuously destroyed for the expansion of industrial infrastructure. The government of British Colombia is also making big use of appropriated native names and symbols while it continues to ignore the rights of the indigenous population.
The range of people negatively effected by the games has unified diverse communities and created an opportunity for people to come together and join forces to create two weeks of events and actions highlighting these issues. The Olympic Resistance Movement will not allow the province of BC or the government of Canada to use these games in their propaganda machine. So when the world comes to Vancouver this winter, they'll see the true cost of colonial politics.