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Activists getting ready for Vancouver 2010 Olympic games


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)

In solidarity with the indigenous peoples of Kanata, a protest will take place in Wellington on 13th February 2010, 10am outside the Canadian High Commision (125 The Terrace).

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.


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Media release

12 February 2010 (Vancouver) — The entire Olympic Resistance march stopped in front of Alberta House today to say STOP THE TAR SANDS and STOP GREENWASHING THE OLYMPIC GAMES. Delegates from the Indigenous Environmental Network, tar sands impacted communities and Albertan residents, were joined by a diverse crowd of thousands of people, to condemn the environmental and social justice crimes of the Alberta tar sands and to confront Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach, who was set to speak.

The group was there to ensure the complete horror story of the tar sands was communicated to the crowd awaiting the opening of the 2010winter olympics and Premier Stelmach's Speech.

“We want to ensure that the public knows the true tarmageddon story. A story filled with toxic lakes, growing cancer rates, broken treaties,pipelines and human rights abuses,” said Warner Naziel from the Wet'suwet'en First Nation. “The impacts of the tar sands are being felt by people across Canada, the United States and beyond. My community is just one of many threatening by the sprawling tar sandsmonster. The Premier can't use the international Olympic spotlight to gloss over the enormous human rights and environmental price tag associated with the tar sands.”

This greenwashing of the tar sands by Alberta's Premier is beingechoed by several tar sands companies that are also financially involved in the games. Suncor, Petro Canada, RBC and TransCanada pipelines all have a stake in the toxic tar sands industry.

“The world is watching to see if we'll clean up our act. It's well past time this government stops selling out to big oil and corporate interests and begins creating the renewable energy economy of the future,” said Clayton Thomas Muller, Tar Sands Campaigner with the Indigenous Environmental Network . “These tar sands corporations and all the dirty oil money in the world can't buy a tar sands greenwash.While their profits rise, people die — this is the nature of this tarsands industry. It's time to shut them down.”

Extracting oil from the tar sands generates up to five times more carbon dioxide than conventional drilling, and irreversibly damages the land, water, and forests.

For more information, please contact:
Clayton Thomas Muller – 1.218.760.6632 (Tar Sands Organizer, IEN)
Warner Naziel – 250.877.3915 (Wet'suwet'en First Nation Resident)
Scott Harris – 780.233.2528 (Prairie Organizer, Council of Canadians)

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(via Socialist Voice, Vancouver, Canada)

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