Comments on the Olympics by Amber Simpson

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My name is Amber Simpson, I was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and raised on the Vancouver Eastside. I am half Cree (Pelican Rapids, Manitoba) and half Ojibway from the Salteaux Nation (Mallard, Manitoba). I am a student in the Digital Graphic Design course at Vancouver Community College Downtown Campus.

Not to be too negative about the Olympics but with all the aboriginal themes that are being put up for the events, I am a bit suspect. Why NOW do they show pride in the fact that we are a valuable part of the Canadian culture?

Why does this not happen all the time? Why do we seem to only celebrate the rich aboriginal culture as being part of Canadian culture only when there is a large event for the public? Are these aboriginal buildings are going to stay up after the Olympics are done? Are the First Nation dancers and performers going to continue to perform after the Olympics are over? Are they just doing it for the event/money or for the people?

I am not a big fan of the Olympics. All this money appears for the event all of a sudden when there was no money for social services and projects before. They told school, colleges and universities that they are cutting two weeks for them to go to the event. Yet, we have paid for our education and a lot of students can’t even afford to go to any ticketed events.

At this point, I can only hope the Olympics make tons of money so they can put that money back into the programs that really need it!
That is all I have to say about it!

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