|Native protesters march up Wellington Street in Ottawa on Friday; January 11, 2013. Image Source: http://www.globalnews.ca/idle+no+more+protests+continue+across+canada/6442786759/story.html|
|Image Source: http://www.torontosun.com/2012/12/21/thousands-of-first-nations-idle-no-more-protesters-demand-meeting|
Hopefully, the Idle No More momentum has brought with it the winds of change necessary to make real progress happen. Canada is certainly no longer the same place it was back when the Indian Act was first written. The First Nations peoples of this country along with the “Native image” are an integral piece of our symbolic Canadian identity… and this much was quite evident not so long ago. Oh Canada, how quickly people forget…
Canada's "Native" Spirit, An Integral Part of its Symbolic Identity
|http://www.fns.bc.ca/info/accord1105_signpic.htm (Credit:AFP/Getty Images)|
|Image Source: http://www.cpcml.ca/Tmld2010/D40019.htm|
However, notwithstanding all of the anti-Olympic organizers, whether Native or otherwise, the presence of the Four Host First Nations as official co-hosts of the Vancouver Olympics was not merely unusual and unique in the history of the Games but can equally be seen as also being quite a public relations feat or accomplishment on the part of the Native communities involved. Aside all of the boasting and unabashedly patriotic imagery shown in the media, the fact that the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam and Lil’wat First Nations have all participated as official co-hosts alongside of Canada, does play a key role in Canadian identity politics as well as contributing to help bring Native rights to the forefront with all the international exposure their causes will attract in the future.