NO OLYMPICS ON STOLEN NATIVE LAND!
On Sunday, May 3rd we will be going on an anti-colonial walking tour of
Ottawa. We will be exploring Canada’s colonial legacy and the ongoing
impact of colonization on “Ottawa”. In particular, we will be addressing
the role that the Canadian government and transnational corporations are
playing in the attacks on the environment, the elderly, people living in
poverty, workers and migrant workers and indigenous people due to the 2010
Olympics in “B.C”.
This walk will focus on places in downtown Ottawa that are part of our
pre-colonial past and our colonial present. We will talk about the little
known history of different parts of Ottawa, how our colonial forebearers
related to the land and the people living on the land, and how the
Canadian government continues to relate to the land and the people, native
and non-native. It will provide a critical perspective on the usual
history of “Canada”.
The Eurocentric history that is taught in Canadian schools is a direct
legacy of our colonial past and a source of on-going oppression of
indigenous people in Canada. This walk is a creative and interactive way
to encourage people to see the places where they live differently, to make
visible the giant elephants in the room, or in this case, the city.
The walking tour will begin near the statue of the French colonialist
Samuel Champlaigne. We will visit the Hudson’s Bay Company, Parliament
Hill, the Olympic Clock, the Royal Bank of Canada, the Supreme Court, the
Library and National Archives, Lebreton Flats, and Victoria
This anti-colonial walking tour has been organized by Olympics Resistance
Ottawa. ORO organizes in order to raise awareness about the destructive
impacts of, and increase resistance to, the 2010 Olympics.
“Far from being simply about ‘sport’, the history of the Olympics is one
rooted in displacement, corporate greed, fascism, repression, and
violence. Only the political and corporate elite – from real estate
developers to security corporations – have anything to gain from the
Olympics industry. The effects of the upcoming Winter Games have already
manifested themselves- with the expansion of sport tourism and resource
extraction on indigenous lands; increasing homelessness and gentrification
of poor neighbourhoods; increasing privatization of public services; union
busting through imposed contracts and exploitative conditions especially
for migrant labour; the fortification of the national security apparatus;
ballooning public spending and public debt; and unprecedented destruction
of the environment.”
We want to acknowledge the work and support of Jane’s Walk Ottawa.
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