Now, I know that everyone is divided over the Olympics. There have been many disputes since Vancouver was awarded the games. The detractors have very good reason to lament them, but I am trying to see both the positive and negative aspects of the whole situation.
This student presented an article by Tewanee Joseph, who is the CEO of the not-for-profit society representing the four First Nations who will host the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. Here are excerpts:
What does this mean? First, the Games provide an opportunity for aboriginal peoples to showcase their cultures, their entrepreneurial spirit, to share a bit of us with visitors from across Canada and around the world. I am convinced the Games can be transformational. And the Olympics are providing jobs and development to local aboriginal communities; some living in isolated rural areas recognize the Games as an economic stimulus package helping them during the economic downturn.What a revelation to hear about the impact of the games on local First Nations communities from someone from is actually from one of those Nations! I feel like I have so much to say about these issues (I wrote about one of them here, and I haven't even gotten into the discussion about the medals themselves), but in this case, I defer you to the article.
(...)The numbers speak for themselves. To date more than 100 aboriginal businesses are working on Gamesrelated activities for a total of more than $53-million.