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.
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New Team Canada hockey jersey no good
"The origins of hockey can be traced back well over a century. While there is some debate as to where the sport officially began, one thing is certain: Aboriginal people have been playing hockey for almost as long as there has been ice to play it on.
The first versions of hockey in Aboriginal communities were most likely played with carved one-piece wooden sticks and a makeshift puck. There is evidence that hockey may have started as a winter version of a pre-lacrosse game, invented by First Nations tribes hundreds of years ago.
It is well documented that over a hundred years ago, in New Brunswick, the Mi'kmaq tribes made the first one-piece sticks. These sticks were used for play in organized leagues at the early stages of organized hockey in Canada. With this history, it is no wonder that Aboriginal people have a connection to the game and that hockey plays a huge role in Aboriginal communities today."
Cody, 2009-08-22 19:13:59
Andreas, 2009-08-22 18:40:06
native does not define Canada
way better to pput the names of our fallen Soldiers instead
they are Heros who define Canada
interesting that not many Natives or Landed Immigrants have fallen for their country....
jim, 2009-08-22 17:42:55