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In 2010, the world's attention will be on Vancouver and Whistler for the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. And along with the sporting events, the rich cultures and traditions of Canada's Aboriginal Peoples will be proudly displayed. The Four Host First Nations have come together in the spirit of friendship and cooperation to welcome the world and showcase their First Nations cultures as a vibrant and integral part of Canada's heritage.

Transcript: 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games - Aboriginal Art and Culture

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Narrator voiceover:

In 2010, the world's attention will be on Vancouver and Whistler for the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games

…And along with the sporting events, the rich cultures and traditions of Canada's Aboriginal Peoples will be proudly displayed.

The Games are being held on the traditional and shared traditional lands of the: Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish and Lil'wat peoples….

These Four Host First Nations have come together in the spirit of friendship and cooperation to welcome the world and showcase their First Nations cultures as a vibrant and integral part of Canada's heritage.

Chief Justin Sky George
Chief of the Tsleil-Waututh:

"One of the beauties of First Nations culture is the stories within…the legends and the myths and the songs and the dances and , the Olympics is going to allow us to share with people who we are, and whom better to share than the people that carry that history"

Lois Mamaya Joseph
Team Leader, Lil'watul Culture Centre :

"It's really important that we let the world know that we continue our dancing and our singing, our drumming…we still make our baskets and regalia and it's very important that the world knows that we are a living Nation."

Connie Watts
VANOC Venues Aboriginal Arts Program:

"Working for VANOC and reaching for unprecedented Aboriginal participation, we created a category of welcoming works… artworks that are representative of the 4 host first nations' artists and their culture to welcome the world to each of the venues… these works were placed in prominent areas in each of the venues and they celebrate the fact that we are enjoying this amazing celebration on their traditional land"

Aaron Nelson Moody
Squamish FN Carver:

"I've worked on a totem pole up in Whistler at the Nordic day Lodge which represents one of our salmon stories…I'm working on an entranceway at Britannia Community Centre where they will be practicing ice hockey and I'm also doing some spindle whorls for the curling venue up near Riley Park"

Robyn Sparrow
Musqueam FN Weaver:

"This maple leaf, and the design in the maple leaf was created by my sister Debra Sparrow…and I think it's absolutely beautiful and tells its own story…because it has everything in there…right from Musqueam, Vancouver, BC, Canada"

Narrator:

In the true spirit of partnership, the Squamish and Lil'wat First Nations combined efforts and resources to create the Squamish-Lil'wat Cultural Centre in Whistler….. Just in time to receive visitors to the Winter Games.

Roxy Lewis
SLCC Ambassador, Squamish FN:

"Our culture centre is one of the first here in Whistler, cause  when they come here it's all just pretty much skiing and snowboarding, but people don't realize that they're  on a traditional territory of both the Squamish and Lil'wat peoples"

Joshua Anderson
SLCC Ambassador, Lil'wat FN:

"When the people do come through our doors …they will get the authentic experience …straight from the drumming and singing to learning our language and having a chance to do a craft as well"

Narrator:

As part of the 2010 Aboriginal Arts program, each of the 15 Olympic and Paralympic venues will feature diverse works by Aboriginal artists from across Canada.

The program incorporates over 140 pieces of art from 90 First Nations, Inuit, and Métis artists, adding a uniquely Canadian element to the Games.

Connie Watts
VANOC , Venues Aboriginal Arts Program:

"I'm very honored to be able to invite Aboriginal artists from across Canada, in such a comprehensive way and celebrate their amazing artwork."

Allyson Fraser
Musqueam FN Councillor:

"The 2010 Olympics are a great opportunity for our people, not only for today's generation, but the future generation as well….I think it gives our children an opportunity to see that we can showcase our talents, not only with the arts, but our culture …and it also provides them some goals to set for themselves in the future"

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