anti-2010 solidarity: local company team sends three snowboarders to olympics
"Grenade Gloves" boasts on their website that three snowboarders from the company team, known as "the army," will be competing at the 2010 winter olympic games, to be held on stolen native land in St'at'imc & Squamish Territories.
Local snowboarding-gear company "Grenade "Gloves" boasts on their website ( http://grenadegloves.com/news.php?id=721) that three snowboarders from the company team, known as "the army," will be competing at the 2010 winter olympic games, to be held on stolen native land in St'at'imc & Squamish Territories. The three athletes, Greg Bretz, Scotty Lago, and Louie Vito, express excitement and eager anticipation for participating in the olympic games, with no apparent analysis of the harmful impact that the olympics will have on the people and the living environment where it's taking place.
According to no2010.com, the snowboard and freestyle events for the 2010 games will be held on Cypress Mountain, located near north Vancouver. Cypress Mountain has suffered an onslaught of clearcuts to make room for the ski resort expansion to accomadate the olympics, including 9 new ski runs, 3 new chair lifts, a new lodge, and a "state of the art snow-making system."
Let Grenade Gloves know how you feel about neo-colonialist attack on the Native People and Land by the corporatist olympic industry!!:
another phone number: 503-256-6907
5200 SW Macadam #200
there also seems to be a possibly abandoned location at 8120 SE Stark that still has some of the company's signage
note on the picture:
no idea when or by whom window in picture broken, or for what reason - but it makes for a nice picture
some excerpts from "No Olympics on Stolen Land" by zig zag, at no2010.com:
The 2010 Winter Olympics, to be held in Vancouver-Whistler from February 12-27, 2010, is today a very real threat to Native peoples, the urban poor (many of whom are also Native), and the environment.
While cutting social services, healthcare, education, etc., the BC Liberal government is at the same time providing billions of dollars to construction companies & other Olympic-related industries. The capitalists are making millions, while the poor are literally dying in the urban & reservation ghettos.
Already, more land has been destroyed for the expansion or construction of highways, ski resorts, & Olympic venues. Billions of 'public' money is also being spent on new bridges, port facilities, railways, as well as urban transit.
Most of this work is directly linked to 2010, to improve transportation & other infrastructure in preparation for the games.
Mountains Under Attack
"The mountains, pure & undisturbed, are essential to the survival of all people. Mountain ecosystems provide us Indian people with all of our physical, cultural and spiritual needs... the mountains are our shelter and protection... The most powerful medicines are collected in the mountains. The source of all water comes from the mountains. The mountains are the most spiritual place for us."
Elder quoted in "Our Elders Tell Us," Our Mountain Worlds & Traditional Knowledge, 2002
Since 2000, the main Native struggles in the BC interior have been against the construction, or expansion, of mountain ski resorts.
Stolen Native Land
BC is unique in Canada in that most of the province is unceded, non-surrendered Indigenous territories. According to British & Canadian laws, sovereign Indigenous territories were to be legally surrendered to the Crown prior to any trade or settlement. This was set out in the 1763 Royal Proclamation. In accordance with this, the British, and later Canada, carried out a series of treaties in its westward expansion across the prairies, and the northwest territory. These included the Numbered Treaties (such as Treaty No. 1, etc.).
In BC, aside from a small number of treaties on Vancouver Island (the 1850's Douglas Treaties), and Treaty No. 8 in the northeast portion of the province, all of BC remains unceded Indigenous territories.
link to article about Grenade and Olympics:
link to image.examiner.com
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