No Olympics on Stolen Land
Statement from Sutikalh Camp, St'at'imc Territory, Winter 2003
The 2010 Winter Olympics directly threatens unceded St'at'imc territory
Sutikalh camp. established in May 2000 to stop construction of a $530-million
ski resort in the Melvin Creek area.
The Resort Municipality of Whistler is itself located on the territory of
the Lil'wat, a community of the St'at'imc nation. To this day, most of BC
remains unceded sovereign Indigenous territories by Canada's own laws (inc.
the 1763 Royal Proclomation).
Although fraudulent treaties were made across Canada as British colonial
forces expanded westward (the Numbered Treaties), this process was discontinued
in BC (with the exception of the Douglas Treaties, primarily on
Vancouver Island around Fort Victoria, Fort Nanaimo, and Fort Rupert, and a
small portion of Treaty 8 in the north-east corner of the province).
According to the 1763 Royal Proclomation, the British were to make treaties--
surrenders of territory-- before any trade or settlement could
Virtually all of BC remains unceded Indigenous territory. The Royal
Proclomation was re-affirmed in the 1982 Constitution Act, and remains law
to this day.
BC is therefore an illegal and fraudulent government, which has neither the
moral nor legal authority to govern, never mind claim land or carry out
The 2010 Winter Olympics represents a unique challenge to Indigenous territory
and environment because of its already apparent and potential
effects on the region.
These include the acceleration of the Sea-to-Sky highway expansion
($600-million), a project which will serve to open up the area to even more
capital expansion and investment; and the allocation of $20-million to the
Lil'wat and Squamish band councils, a move which has served to divide
communities, to buy off some, and to pacify others
This region is already one of N. Americas fastest growing makrets for outdoor
recreation and winter-sports tourism. That the Vancouver 2010 Bid
Corp. has named the entire spectacle the 'Sea-to'Sky Games' only serves to
further promote this "market."
Any Winter Olympics will accelerate expansion of the winter-sports tourism
industry and generate greater potential investment for NGR Inc., thereby
posing a direct threat to Sutikalh and the mountain region it was established
Overall, 2010 will increase expansion of the entire ski resort industry.
This means greater destruction of mountain eco-systems, forest, pure water,
and the animals.
Moreover, the construction of roads, bridges, and other infrastructure to
support this industry is paid for by government, that is, through further
taxation of society as a whole (and in the interest of the corporations).
The same is true for 2010. The Bid Corp. claims the Games will be
self-financing. They say the $2-billion budget for 2010 is paid for through
corporate sponsorship and tickets. But this is only true if massive government
funding is not counted.
In preparation for 2010, officials tell us that a rapid-transit system must
be built from Vancouver to the International Airport in Richmond ($2-billion);
that the Sea-to-Sky Highway must be expanded ($600-million);
that a new hockey arena at UBC must be built, along with a speed skating
complex at SFU, and an athlete's village (altogether a cost of $620-million);
and that Vancouver will need a new trade and convention
With these and other projects government and corporations are trying to push
through as "critical" needs for BC and 2010, the real costs of the Olympics
will be $4-billion to $6-billion-- most of it paid to corporations through
Despite a few jobs, the rest of society is further impoverished. The
capitalists are the only ones to profit.
Leonard Peltier, an Anicinabe-Lakota jailed in the US for his involvement
with the American Indian Movement, has observed, "They will justify their
actions in the name of 'development'...
development? What the first peoples of the Americas need is 'recovery', not
development. Recovery from the very same colonization, domination and genocide
corporations want to perpetuate for their own gains today" (Statement against
the FTAA, 2001).
As the world faces ongoing and escalating military conflicts, economic,
political and environmental crises, the prospects for catastrophe increase
daily. The world we leave for future generations will be decided in the
choices and struggles we make today.
Our oral history tells us that the land will always be the source of survival
and life itself.
It is this future 2010 directly threatens; we call on all Indigenous peoples
and citizens of BC to reject, refuse and resist 2010!
We urge all citizens of Vancouver to vote No in the Feb. 22/03 plebiscite.
We demand that the International Olympic Committee not award 2010 to Vancouver
on July 3/03, due to the ongoing and illegal occupation of
Indigenous territories, in violation of both Canadian and international
Reject 2010, Refuse Social Impoverishment, Resist Environmental
Defend Indigenous Territories!