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No Olympics on Stolen Land

February 12th, 2008     by Nicole Cohen     Comments

On Tuesday, Feb 12th, at 7 p.m., Kanahus Pellkey of the Native Youth Movement will be in Toronto talking about how the upcoming Olympics in Vancouver is impacting Indigenous lands, and how people are mobilizing around this issue.

From the event’s email (location of the talk and contact info below):

With the 2010 Winter Olympics scheduled to occur on unceded Coast Salish, St’at’imc and Squamish territory in two years, the spectacle surrounding them continues to wreak havoc on Indigenous people, poor people, and the Earth.

“By them choosing to have the Olympics here, it’s opening up our land, our sacred sites, our medicine grounds,” says Kanahus Pellkey. “We want investors to know our land is not for sale.” Pre-Olympic fever occupies the province of BC, and the economic excitement has massively accelerated gentrification and the building of highways, resorts, and condos. The construction of infrastructure for the 2010 Olympics itself is adding to extensive destruction of traditional homelands of the local Indigenous peoples.

In October 2007, more than 1500 Indigenous people representing communities across this hemisphere held the Gathering of the Indigenous Peoples of America, on Yaqui territory in Vicam, Sonora, Mexico. They stated in their final declaration, “We reject the 2010 Winter Olympics on sacred and stolen territory of Turtle Island, Vancouver, Canada.” This speaking tour is strengthened by this momentum, and by the knowledge that hundreds, if not thousands of Indigenous people now plan to attend the Olympic Games, not in celebration, but in resistance to the danger the Olympics poses to Indigenous lands, identity, culture, health, livelihoods, and to future generations.

The Native Youth Movement is a Movement of Native youth that works to revive traditional knowledge and inspire Native youth to defend their Peoples and Territories.

Kanahus Pellkey is a Secwepemc and Ktnuxa Warrior and a spokesperson for the Secwepemc chapter of the NYM. She has been jailed before for fighting against the illegal occupation and theft of Secwepemc Lands for the Sun Peaks ski-resort, and is active in opposing the 2010 Olympics.

Endorsed by: OPIRG-Toronto, No One Is Illegal-Toronto, OCAP, CUPE 3903 First Nations Solidarity Working Group, Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid

Tuesday, February 12th 7:00PM Sidney Smith Hall (University of Toronto) 100 St.George Street

For more info, email: opirg.toronto@gmail.com or nooneisillegal@riseup.net

OTHER TOUR DATES 2008: Hamilton …Wednesday, Feb 13 CONFIRMED: Feb 13 - 11:00AM @ Sir John A MacDonald High School, McMaster University: Feb 13 - 7:30

Six Nations Peterborough Tyendinaga Sharbot Lake Kingston Akwesasne Kahnawake Kahnasatake Ottawa Montreal Penobscot Portland Boston Binghamton Ithaca

For further information on this cause please visit: www.no2010.com www.2010watch.com nooneisillegal.org

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