By ROB GRANATSTEIN, SUN MEDIA
The brandspanking-new Team Canada hockey jersey is the latest reason why we need to give the Canada cliche a rest.
It's time we stopped portraying Canada with such a heavy emphasis on our Native roots.
Our home and Native land has been shaped by the aboriginals who were here on this land first, but they no longer define the country.
It's hard to argue the influence of the Native people on the West Coast, especially in Vancouver. A trip to Stanley Park drives it home.
But when we think of Vancouver and, by extension, look forward to the Winter Olympics, do you really think Inukshuk?
Vancouver is a thriving, diverse, cosmopolitan playground where you can ski and swim on the same day, explore the mountains, and eat like you're in China.
Yet the Olympic organizers chose an Inukshuk as the logo for the 2010 Games -- a northern symbol more than a west coast one. That's our face to the world.
What do you think of Team Canada's logo? Is it possible to be 'too Native'?
Have your say in our forum.
New Team Canada hockey jersey no good
Anyways, it's okay.
I couldn't really make it out (inside the maple leaf) until I was told what was coloured in black.
I'm a hockey fan, but I don't really care that much about it.
gordholio, 2009-10-16 12:18:48
Fact is they were here first and looked after it a lot better than we do now.
As for the shirt i would wear it with pride it's Canadian after all. Shame some of the players may be from landed immigrant backgrounds eh.
john, 2009-08-24 23:47:10
True Canadian culture is: Native people, Soldiers, Hockey, Mounted Police and unfortunately wide open imigration. This symbol is true Canadian!
Janney, 2009-08-24 17:12:24
Be proud of the past and never be afraid to display the logo whatever it represents. We are all Canadians remember
john, 2009-08-22 22:51:55