Call For Cross-Canada Mobilizing: Extinguish the Olympic Torch!

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Call For Cross-Canada Mobilizing: Extinguish the Olympic Torch!

Call For Cross-Canada Mobilizing: Extinguish the Olympic Torch!!

* Route details below *

From October 31 2009 - February 12 2010, the Olympic Torch Relay "A Path of Northern Lights" will be traveling across Canada. The Olympic Resistance Network, based in Vancouver Unceded Coast Salish Territories, is calling on and encouraging our allies to coordinate efforts in over 2000 communities to oppose and resist the Torch Relay.

The origins of the Torch Relay lie in the dark history of the 1936 Games in Berlin, where it was devised as a means to spread Nazi fascism and to promote the Third Reich. The Royal Bank of Canada and Coca Cola are the main sponsors of the 2010 Torch relay. RBC is the top financier of the environmentally devastating Alberta Tar Sands, while Coca Cola has been responsible for health degradation as part of the junk food industry, massive depletion of groundwater and toxic waste pollution in India, and involved in hiring paramilitary groups to violently repress union organizers in Colombia.

It is becoming increasingly evident that far from being simply about sport, the 2010 Olympics is rooted in displacement, corporate greed, militarization, and repression. While Olympic corporate sponsors are getting bailed out, Indigenous lands are being stolen, more people are becoming homeless, thousands are losing their jobs and access to public services, the environment is being destroyed, and civil liberties are being eroded as over a billion dollars are being sunk into security and surveillance measures.

This Torch Relay will be the longest in-country relay in Olympic history, giving us the chance to make some anti-Olympic history! No Olympics on Stolen Native Land!

==> If you are organizing an event or action in your city, town, or community please email us the details at [email protected] so we can compile the information and build strength and unity in our efforts by having this information available on our website.

Basic route details (see links below for full information) are as follows:

Oct 30 - Nov 5, 2009: through BC, Yukon, and Northwest Territories:
Victoria, Duncan, Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Snuneymuxw, Esquimalt First Nations, Tla-o-qui-aht, Qualicum, Courtney, Campbell River, Whitehorse, Taku River Tlingit, Dawson City, Kugluktuk, Yellowknife, and others.

Nov 6 - Nov 15, 2009: through Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut, Quebec, and New Foundland: Fort McMurray, Cold Lake, La Ronge, Thompson, Qausuittuq, Iqaluit, Kuujjuaq, Gaspé, Labrador, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Sheshatshiu, St. John's, St. Anthony, Grand Falls-Windsor, and others.

Nov 16 - Nov 28, 2009: through Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Islands, and New Brunswick: Sydney, Whycocomagh, Port Hawkesbury, Truro, Paq'tnkek, Antigonish, Halifax, Bear River FN, Lunenburg, Charlottetown, Moncton, Sussex, Saint John, Fredericton, Esgenoôpetitj, Grand Falls, and others.

Nov 29 - Dec 11, 2009: through Quebec: Rimouski, Baie-Comeau, Les Escoumins,Saguenay, Lévis, Saint-Georges, Black Lake, Victoriaville, Sherbrooke, Drummondville, Trois-Rivières, Longueuil, Kahnawá:ke, Beaconsfield, Mont-Tremblant, Montréal, Laval, Gatineau, and others

Dec 12, 2009 - Jan 4, 2010: through Ontario: Ottawa, Pikwàkanagàn, Akwesasne, Kingston, Tyendinaga, Peterborough, Toronto, Hamilton, St. Catharines, Six Nations, Brantford, Oneida, Leamington, Windsor, Sarnia, London, Stratford, Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Barrie, Huntsville, Temiskaming, Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, Red Rock FN, Kenora, and others.

Jan 5 - Jan 20, 2010: through Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta: Winnipeg, Sioux Valley Dakota, Regina, Moose Jaw, Swift Current, Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Moosomin FN, Edmonton, Wetaskiwin, Red Deer, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Calgary, Canada Olympic Park, Stoney Nation, and
more.

Jan 21 - Feb 11, 2010: through BC: Golden, Cranbrook, Nelson, Trail, Osoyoos FN, Penticton, Kelowna, Vernon, Revelstoke, Salmon Arm, Kamloops, 100 Mile House, Williams Lake, Prince George, Smithers, Gitanmaax, Fort St. John, Terrace, Bella Bella, Powell River, Sechelt, Squamish, Whistler, Lil'wat, Merritt, Fraser Valley, Lower Mainland and others.

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* Full route information:

Complete listing by day

Interactive Map

Provincial and Territorial Routes

About the Olympic Resistance Network

Why we Oppose the 2010 Games

Video here 

Contact us at [email protected]
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Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

I'd love to see the torch extinguished, but I suspect there will be very heavy security every step of the way.

Caissa

Loved the application of Godwin's law.

Maysie Maysie's picture

Any comments on the series of actions themselves, Caissa? Any comments on the politics and reasoning of the activists?

Sarann

Don't buy any of the HBC designed Olympic clothing.  Boycott that.  Gary Lund doesn't seem to know that HBC is now owned by a company in the US.  Should have been Roots.  It is time to deep six the Olympics.  They have become a farce.

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

Gary Lunn was all over the news last night, denying any involvement by the Cons in the logo selection. (where's the 'rolling eyes' smiley???)

Caissa

Okay, Maysie. I'll elaborate. It's sloppily written with little attention to evidence. Berlin Olympic reference is gratuitous. The Coca Cola health degradation comment laughable.

It takes away from a very serious issue, the Canadian Government's long-standing treatment of the idigenous population.

I'm not convinced opposing the torch relay is the best route (pun intended) for addressing this issue.

Scott Piatkowski Scott Piatkowski's picture

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Maysie Maysie's picture

As a non-First Nations person who does not live in the region where the Winter Olympics are going to be held, I trust the activists in that region to decide what is the best way to raise awareness and education regarding the issues of unceded land, violations of Aboriginal treaties, and overall treatment of Aboriginal communities by the racist Canadian government, both present and historical.

Since international attention will be brought to these areas, it's in fact an extremely fitting (and quite complicated, organizationally) to have protests along the route of the torch. I applaud and support the activists.

This protest does not, in fact, take away from the Canadian government's treatment and systemic racist laws against Aboriginal peoples, and in fact is the point.

remind remind's picture

Fuckin amazing!

Ghislaine

Well put, Maysie. I think this is a great opportunity to bring to light the systematic racism and denial of human rights by the Cdn gov't against FN people.  It should be uncomfortable and embarassing, but it is the truth.

Caissa

I didn't expect you to take any other position, Maysie and i appreciate you articulating it.

Maysie Maysie's picture

Ghislaine wrote:
 It should be uncomfortable and embarassing, but it is the truth.

Yes. Given Harper's recent lies to the international media about Canada's bloody history, such a protest holds particular power in this moment as well.

remind remind's picture

yes, I agree maysie, and we are going to be out in full force when it comes through town here, even though it will mean we get ostracized for weeks on end, if not years, afterwards, by everyone.

They revitalized the whole downtown in preparation for this, and want to sell the community to the world, as a possible destination casino and resort.

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

I believe the slogan "Extinguish the Olympic Torch" is meant metaphorically. It is not a call for assaults upon the torch-bearers aimed at physically extinguishing the flame.

The idea is that the cross-country hype over the torch is an opportunity to stage concurrent local actions to bring public attention to the cause of opposition to the Olympics - for all the [url=http://web.resist.ca/~orn/blog/?page_id=6]reasons listed[/url].

kropotkin1951

I listened to a CBC interview with a protester from China who during the Tiananmen Square liberation threw paint on the monster portrait of Mao.  He used an egg filled with paint and it apparently works very well.  Also I remember in the meat packers strike in Edmonton in the 80's some of the demonstrators took the tops off of light bulbs and filled them with paint and then put masking tapes over the openings and threw them on scab busses.  I personally like the egg approach better because then their is no broken glass.  Lets have an early Easter egg hunt on the torch relay.

Signs targeting RBC's tar sands connections should be prominent on the route [that is until the sign carriers are arrested]

Dan Gallagher

kropotkin1951 wrote:
I listened to a CBC interview with a protester from China who during the Tiananmen Square liberation threw paint on the monster portrait of Mao.  He used an egg filled with paint and it apparently works very well.  Also I remember in the meat packers strike in Edmonton in the 80's some of the demonstrators took the tops off of light bulbs and filled them with paint and then put masking tapes over the openings and threw them on scab busses.  I personally like the egg approach better because then their is no broken glass.  Lets have an early Easter egg hunt on the torch relay.

The Chinese activists were throwing paint-filled eggs at a portrait of Mao. The people running in the torch relay are human beings (largely those who won an online contest). Pelting them with paint-filled eggs would not only to nothing to advance the cause, but it would constitute assault.

Slumberjack

Quite.  Better to direct the activism against symbols and logos proclaiming themselves as official sponsors.  From a purely athletic view of things, my 14 year old son will run with the torch for awhile, the result of some school contest or something.  Difficult to speculate this far ahead as to what my reaction would be if I witnessed someone pelting him with a paint filled egg, but just off the top, the heat of the moment might very well suggest the torch itself and bodily orifices.

kropotkin1951

Dan Gallagher wrote:

kropotkin1951 wrote:
I listened to a CBC interview with a protester from China who during the Tiananmen Square liberation threw paint on the monster portrait of Mao.  He used an egg filled with paint and it apparently works very well.  Also I remember in the meat packers strike in Edmonton in the 80's some of the demonstrators took the tops off of light bulbs and filled them with paint and then put masking tapes over the openings and threw them on scab busses.  I personally like the egg approach better because then their is no broken glass.  Lets have an early Easter egg hunt on the torch relay.

The Chinese activists were throwing paint-filled eggs at a portrait of Mao. The people running in the torch relay are human beings (largely those who won an online contest). Pelting them with paint-filled eggs would not only to nothing to advance the cause, but it would constitute assault.

Sorry if you got the impression I wanted to attack the people in the torch relay.  I meant the corporate symbols and the buses and other things they will be travelling with.  I am not a pro-Tibet protester so I have no intention of attacking the people involved.  I am more peaceful than those Dalai Lama supporters.  I would also not advocate burning peoples stores to the ground because of their ethnic background. But then I am just a peace loving anarchist not a self righteous buddhist wannabe.

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NDPP

and now that the GGG (grotesque governor general) has connected the Olympic issue to Afghanistan and refusal of a truce, any torch relay protests may reflect that as well...and it's indigenous people Canada's killing there too right..oh but I forgot we have "no history of colonialism"according to fuhrer Harper

www.no2010.com

remind remind's picture

On one of the news segments early this morning, reported an interesting snippet, that some of those who have publically stated any opposition to the Olympics, and indicated protesting at the torch relay stops are being investigated. Apparently, friends of theirs have been approached by some arm of CSIS, about the,.

Slumberjack

Capitalist schizophrenia always brings forth the best qualities of the security apparatus, which invariably relies upon turncoats and informants as tools to work over the population, mining it for intensities or events in order to quarantine any contagion that threatens disruption, anything that surfaces outside of the authorized assemblages.  Power provides its own legitimacy through preventative violence as its ends and means.

NDPP

International Callout for Direct Action

http://mostlywater.org/international_callout_direct_action

"Our struggle came from before 2010 and will reach beyond..

This is a call out for direct actions and solidarity

At the end of October, the Olympic Torch will come from Greece to Canada.."

N.Beltov N.Beltov's picture

M. Spector wrote:

I believe the slogan "Extinguish the Olympic Torch" is meant metaphorically. It is not a call for assaults upon the torch-bearers aimed at physically extinguishing the flame.

The idea is that the cross-country hype over the torch is an opportunity to stage concurrent local actions to bring public attention to the cause of opposition to the Olympics - for all the [url=http://web.resist.ca/~orn/blog/?page_id=6]reasons listed[/url].

Here is a summary of those reasons:

1. Theft of unceded Indigenous lands

2. Increasing homelessness and gentrification

3. Unprecedented destruction of the environment

4. More privatization of public services and ballooning public debt

5. Union busting and vulnerable working conditions for migrant labour

6. Increased funding for the police, military, and border agents

7. Criminalization of the poor

8. Corporate profiteering

9. Repression of dissent

In any case, Spector's link is worth investigating. If you are in the Vancouver area, for example, there is a series of lectures about all the nefarious ins and outs of the five ring circus that is the Vancouver (Surveillance) Games of 2010. There are opportunities to participate in helpful opposition by becoming a legal observer. And so on.

kropotkin1951

13,000 security personnel many of them American will be deployed during the two week event.  $1,000,000,000 [1 billion] dollars will spent on ensuring that the IOC mandated restrictions on our freedom of expression are upheld.  Cameras on the streets of Vancouver are the first fascist legacy of these games. 

As far as the torch run is concerned RBC [Royal Bank of Canada] one of the sponsors is the largest backer of the tar sands and they are claiming the games are all about improving the environment.  Even if you are lucky enough not to be on the torch route you can still protest and pamphlet the offices and branches anywhere you live.

Makwa Makwa's picture

Caissa wrote:

Okay, Maysie. I'll elaborate. It's sloppily written with little attention to evidence. Berlin Olympic reference is gratuitous. The Coca Cola health degradation comment laughable.

It takes away from a very serious issue, the Canadian Government's long-standing treatment of the idigenous population.

I'm not convinced opposing the torch relay is the best route (pun intended) for addressing this issue.

I agree.  As a corporate project, there is no doubt that any major capitalist action of any kind in this scope may have specific consequences for the marginalized in any city where such actions are undertaken, and as such, can be criticized.  I am not impressed by imposition of references to genocidal histories. This particular action has little to do with aboriginal peoples, IMHO and is merely appropriating the histories and resistance of aboriginal peoples: as a common stance of dominant culture activists, it persists as an attitude which particularly irritates me.

PS: upon perusing NBeltov's post, I would wish to see verifiable documentation of the 'further theft of aboriginal lands.'  The rest is merely the typical scope of all capitalist activity when it affects the marginalized.  Welcome to my world.

no1important

I hope someone grabs the torch and smashes it up.

 

The 99 Battle of Seattle is nothing to what we will see during these games I believe.

 

Viva the people! Down with the government! Viva revolutiuon!

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

Carbon dioxide emissions:

• Driving a mid-size car for one year: 5 tonnes

• The 2010 Olympic torch: 5 tonnes

• The 2010 Olympic torch relay: 1,505 tonnes

• The 2010 Olympic flame: 1,600 tonnes

• The 2010 Olympics: 328,485 tonnes

Source: [url=http://www.davidsuzuki.org/Publications/Meeting_the_challenge.asp]David Suzuki Foundation[/url]

 

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

Makwa wrote:
This particular action has little to do with aboriginal peoples, IMHO and is merely appropriating the histories and resistance of aboriginal peoples: as a common stance of dominant culture activists, it persists as an attitude which particularly irritates me.

Do you have any proof that aboriginal peoples are [b]not[/b] involved in the Olympic Resistance Network? Or do we just assume that it is an organization of "dominant culture activists"?

Pogo Pogo's picture

I understood that there was a very strong aboriginal presence in the anti-olympic movement.  Granted they are at odds with most of the offical FN bodies, but that speaks to bigger issues.

Caissa

Happy to see makwa post on this topic and even happier to see that he and I agree on it.

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

Pogo wrote:

I understood that there was a very strong aboriginal presence in the anti-olympic movement.

That was my impression as well.

I'd like to hear Makwa's explanation for his comments. Or maybe Caissa could defend them, since he seems to agree entirely.

Fidel

I think Makwa is saying, when he says "welcome to my world", is that dominant culture activists shouldnt be appropriating indigenous history for our own use against the imperialist Olympic event. I agree with him in that we should leave indigenous people out of it. And perhaps it is for their sake that we not bring unwanted attention to FN's. And I kind of agree with that. If we have the cojones and ovaries to go nose to nose with the imperialists, like Kanesatake Mohawks did so bravely at Oka without whitey their on the other side of the barricades, then we should go for it. We don't need FN's permission to stand up for everyone's rights.

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

Fidel wrote:

I agree with him in that we should leave indigenous people out of it.

As Tonto said, "What do you mean 'we,' white man?"

My point is that indigenous people are already "in it". And by "it" I mean a broad coalition of allies opposed to the Owe-lympics.

If someone can show me that the "No Olympics on Stolen Land" campaign was dreamed up exclusively by white folks, without consent or input from the aboriginal groups involved, then I would be more inclined to accept Makwa's characterization of it as "merely appropriating the histories and resistance of aboriginal peoples".

Fidel

Is there consensus among Canada's FN's that this is their fight? Indians have had a lot of land expropriated by Canada's liberal-fascists throughout history. Why should they be particularly interested over this land the Olympics will be used for? Is there any oil there? Is the fishing and hunting still good?

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

Why does there need to be consensus?

Is there consensus among the white settler population for opposing the holding of the Olympics?

Fidel

M. Spector wrote:

Why does there need to be consensus?

Is there consensus among the white settler population for opposing the holding of the Olympics?

Well I should no longer speak for Makwa. Yes native people are already involved. But as Makwa said, this is nothing new for Canada's FN's. There were armed helicopters flying over Montreal and Oka in 1990 as a way for the liberal=-fascists to declare that they are not free and that the heavy hand of the corporatist state is there waiting for them in the background in case they get any ideas that theyre living in a democracy. Native people can do only so much to resist. It's already in the newspapers, and BC voters elected Campbell's Liberals. Gave them a phony majority in fact. This is what they voted for. And this is what they get for voting Liberal. Apparently it's no big deal out there. BC voters love these Liberal fascist bastards who can do no wrong.

Makwa Makwa's picture

Fidel wrote:

I think Makwa is saying, when he says "welcome to my world", is that dominant culture activists shouldnt be appropriating indigenous history for our own use against the imperialist Olympic event.

Thank you Fidel, I think you put it better than I.  I am not saying no Aboriginal activists are involved in anti-Olympic events, in fact I would be surprised if they were not. However, I have yet to see any FN activists speak for themselves here, nor are there any links or references to Aboriginal voices.  Instead, we have dominant culture activist declaiming, "won't someone please think of the Aboriginals?" I am merely finding the cultural appropriation typical and frustrating.

Maysie Maysie's picture

My understanding is that the No Olympics in 2010 protests and education campaigns originated with and is the work of Aboriginal activists. They've been doing work since 2007 against the Winter 2010 Olympics.

No2010 website here

 

Makwa Makwa's picture

Maysie wrote:

My understanding is that the No Olympics in 2010 protests and education campaigns originated with and is the work of Aboriginal activists. They've been doing work since 2007 against the Winter 2010 Olympics.

Yes, I saw the no2010 site, and have even more reason to see how the `stolen lands`theme is being appropriated by dominant culture activists.  The 'unceded territories' theme as they describe it can apply equally to any real estate in BC owned by non-aboriginals. They do quote at least one "self-described 'native warrior'" who would be happy to see stuff get all blowed up, and call the official host nations 'collaborators' however, but I fail to see how this transforms them into authentic "Aboriginal Activists," (Heretofore known as AAAs, eh?)

Maysie Maysie's picture

It's been my assumption that the anti-Olympic protesters have been mostly Aboriginal folks in the region of the Olympics. If that's not true then, yikes, I'm sorry to have misrepresented this.

Caissa

From The Argosy:

WATERLOO, Ont. (CUP) - A Waterloo-based activist group has released a statement of protest against the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games torch relay.
The torch is scheduled to pass through Waterloo, Ont. and stop in Kitchener on December 27 for an evening celebration.
"The torch explicitly brings all the injustices and oppressions of the Olympics into our own communities," explained fourth-year student Adam Lewis of Wilfrid Laurier University, who is a member of the activist group Anti-War at Laurier ([email protected]).
Citing the negative socio-economic and environmental impacts of the games, as well as the oppression of indigenous people - resulting from the failure of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to seek the appropriate permission from native groups to hold the games on their land - Lewis and the other members of [email protected] have condemned both the Olympics in general and the torch celebration.
Last week, the group sent a letter to Carl Zehr, the mayor of Kitchener, to raise their concerns.

http://www.argosy.ca/view.php?aid=41730

Makwa Makwa's picture

Caissa wrote:

the oppression of indigenous people - resulting from the failure of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to seek the appropriate permission from native groups to hold the games on their land

Ok, so who are these native groups, and what land are they claiming since people who claim to represent the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations seem to have approved?

Refuge Refuge's picture

Maysie wrote:

It's been my assumption that the anti-Olympic protesters have been mostly Aboriginal folks in the region of the Olympics. If that's not true then, yikes, I'm sorry to have misrepresented this.

 

  I do know four people personally who are involved with the NO2010 movement and 3 of the 4 are FN.  None of those 3 are from BC so they are considered allies as well.  Yes there are allies who are not FN from BC who support what the FN are saying about their territory (there was a speaking tour last year where there were several speakers from the areas affected who were talking about how they didn't like the way the Olympics were pushed through their communities and various other FN issues like the targeting of homelessness was also targeting FN due to the higher percentage of FN homelessness because of colonialism) but I have yet to hear them make up something on the FN issue, merely pass on what has been told to them by FN activists who are directly linked to what is happening in BC (everything that I have heard came from what the FN activists said on that speaking tour or in articles that were about that speaking tour).  There is controversy over who these FN activists are but as stated above that is not a big surprise as a tactic to try and discredit activists.

The allies tend to talk a lot about the other issues such as the criminalization of the homelessness issue, the exploitation and the corporate greed areas and the talk that I hear from them to do with the FN is more a support of what other FN activists have said.

Because it is a national issues the FN activists from BC asked people to spread the word because if they were the only ones allowed to say the message and no one was allowed to repeat it the message would not get out as effectively.  So along with the other issue the allies (both FN allies and non FN allies) are talking about the whole package.

 

By the way Makwa, the article that you referred to was not a press release put out by them but an article that was written by the CBC.  The site lists several articles that are in the media about 2010.  So who you are quoting is mainstream media word, not the words of the 2010 resistors, they are merely reporting on what the media is saying.  Any time there is a comment from the group associated with an article they make a note that it is their comment.

kropotkin1951

Here is the No 2010 sites views on many of the issues being discussed.

 

FAQ: Why 'Resist 2010' when the Olympics are gonna happen anyway?

The goal of resistance is to limit the impacts of 2010 and to use the Olympics as a catalyst for stronger social movements. Without the efforts of anti-poverty and housing rights groups, for example, there would've been far more low-income housing lost in Vancouver over the last few years. The 2006 blockade at Eagleridge Bluffs and the direct actions that followed in 2007 showed that there was opposition to the Olympics and has inspired groups across the country to take action.

FAQ: What does 'No Olympics on Stolen Native Land' mean?

Although it can be said that all of the Americas is land stolen from Indigenous peoples, 'British Columbia' is unique in Canada in that virtually no treaties were made in the process of colonization & settlement. Treaties were required under British, and later Canadian, law prior to any trade or settlement (i.e., the 1763 Royal Proclamation). Although today the government seeks 'modern-day treaties' with its Indian Act band councils, the fact is in 'BC' the land is clearly occupied by an illegal colonial system. The slogan 'No Olympics on Stolen Native Land' is a way to raise anti-colonial consciousness about the true history of 'BC'.

FAQ: I thought Natives supported the Olympic Games?

It appears as if Natives support the Olympics due to the exploitation of Native culture, as well as the efforts of Native collaborators (such as the 4 Host First Nations, which is made up of Indian Act band councils). These Native artists, business & political groups are either ignorant about what the Olympics are really about, or just plain greedy. It should be remembered that the band councils were imposed by the government as a means to control & assimilate Native peoples. They lack popular support and only exist because of government funding.

FAQ: What is Resistance 2010?

Resistance 2010 refers to three related campaigns that will occur in 2010: resistance to the Olympics, the G8 summit and the Security & Prosperity Partnership (SPP). They are connected through government & corporate plans to intensify resource exploitation, market expansion, and social control.

Most of the aboriginal activists I have heard speak on this subject are urban people while the 4 Host groups are band based.  
As a ally I will support their voices but I intend to protest against the RBC and to tie their support of the Tar Sands into the environmental degradation being foisted on the planet by our oil and gas industry.  Given that they are using "green" messaging while being the biggest backers of the Tar Sands is very relevant and worth protesting.  It is legal in Canada according to our courts to leaflet in front of RBC banks with a message that says please ask your bank to stop supporting the Tar Sands. The Friends of the Lubricon fought to protect their right to protest in the late 1990's and where eventually successful.  They also boycotted the Calgary Olympics. In the late 90's they set up leaflet lines in front of various pizza outlets that were using boxes produced from their unceded land.  they did not try to shut the businesses down but rather set out their claims and grievances and asked the customers of those pizza outlets to demand that the businesses use different boxes. The Supreme Court in the Pepsi picketing case accepted the Ontario court ruling that this is activity is legally protected freedom of expression.

 

Makwa Makwa's picture

Refuge wrote:

By the way Makwa, the article that you referred to was not a press release put out by them but an article that was written by the CBC.  The site lists several articles that are in the media about 2010.  So who you are quoting is mainstream media word, not the words of the 2010 resistors, they are merely reporting on what the media is saying.

OK, but I don't recall referring to any article in particular, but thanks for the update.

Caissa

Makwa, I was just quoting the article as a possible example of appropriation of voice. I'm sorry if I wasn't being clear enough.

M. Spector M. Spector's picture
saganisking

I haven't spent much time around activists in my life but I know many common people(meaning not overly political) are quite cynical about the whole modern Oylmpics/big business hype, however I can't see any of them being very sympathetic in anyway to protestors who try to disrupt the torch run, in fact I think any disruptions or attacks will have the opposite effect of causing more people to come out in support of the torch run.

The games may be tarnished in the eyes of many but the cynicism is directed against a kind of abstract faceless enemy of pure sport, none seems to be transferred to the athletes or the volunteers, including those involved in the torch run.

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

Caissa wrote:

Berlin Olympic reference is gratuitous.

[url=http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/this-is-the-torch-that-hitl... is the torch that Hitler lit[/url]

John Allemang wrote:
"The torch relay is a total fabrication," says Ira B. Nadel of the University of British Columbia, who has studied the techniques Riefenstahl used to aestheticize the Nazi cause. "The Germans invented it for the 1936 Olympics. There was nothing like it in the ancient Olympics."

You don't need to know the details of German history to be skeptical of the idealistic claims made for the modern torch relay. As recently as 2008, the organizers of the Beijing Games showed how easily the Olympic ceremonials could be used to bolster the aspirations of an autocratic state by controversially routing the relay through Tibet and taking the ever-burning flame to the summit of Mount Everest.

Yet somehow the torch relay's occasional missteps are seen as rare aberrations in a more comforting history that links the Glory that was Greece with Canada's "Own the Podium" exuberance over Vancouver 2010. So what happens if the ancient connections for the relay turn out to be high-minded Germanic nonsense and this country's contemporary contribution to torch-relay history - which comes complete with aboriginal flame attendants and honorary elder fire-keepers - is based on a myth?