The temple of Zeus

“What do you say, boys? Three different kinds of wings, three different kinds of dudes.” Carlin Nicholson looks at the platter of chicken wings with only one of each flavor remaining for him and bandmates Rob Drake and Neil Quin. (Mike O’Brien is well into his own personal serving of fish and chips.) “See how easy we do this?” Carlin explains in a satisfied tone. “This is Zeus.”

Of course, things haven’t always been this simple for the group, including the process of naming the band. As Nicholson recounts, “It started off with Juice, then Zeus’ Juices, then Zeused … It came from a joke.” Just like everything else about Zeus, the name developed through natural evolution, without a real plan. Just look at how the members came together: O’Brien and Nicholson bonded in high school over their common interests in music and mayonnaise on fries. With Nicholson’s brother and another friend, they formed their first band together, the 6ixty 8ights. After some time apart playing with different people, the two rejoined about two and a half years ago.

In Zeus’s first incarnation, Nicholson and O’Brien opened for Peter Elkas with a couple guys from the Golden Dogs. Then local mainstay Jason Collett asked Zeus to tour with him. Nicholson and O’Brien recruited Paso Mino, Neil Quin, and Rob Drake (with whom Nicholson had always wanted to play).

“In the same conversation I asked Neil to come and live with me and join the band,” Nicholson recalls, reacting to the spicy kick of his Bollywood-flavored chicken wings. “Musically and life-wise, it was very consistent for both of us.”

Quin interjects, “And if he didn’t give me the place, I would have had to move in with my mom, which would have been cool, but not as cool.”

O’Brien tries to explain the strength of the current lineup in a different way. “It’s kind of like we were building a rocket, and then when Quin joined the band, it was like adding that final rocket booster cylinder. And then—” Quin makes a child-like exploding sound using both his mouth and his body. With a chicken wing still in his mouth, he backtracks. “I have Soviet propulsion techniques.”
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In addition to rockets, the guys of Zeus also know a thing or two about songwriting—and it shows. Their full-length debut, Say Us, released on Feb. 24, is getting deservedly solid reviews and acclaim; the 12-track album does not have a single weak spot. From first track “How Does it Feel?” to “The Renegade” (Nicholson’s favorite at the moment) through first single “Marching Through Your Head,” the album is an explosive mix of different musical styles.

The band is clearly influenced by the likes of The Kinks, The Zombies, and The Beach Boys, as well as more recent music like Beck, The Flaming Lips, and Michael Jackson—and they readily admit to loving all of these. From the classic rock and roll sounds of The Beatles to new age and alt-rock, their sound combines a wild variety of genres and comes off sounding very fresh.

O’Brien doesn’t necessarily find this diversity so surprising. “It’s rock and roll man,” he says confidently. “Rock and roll has always been about pulling from country, blues, soul, and jazz—and whatever else is around you.”

The album is full of positive energy, and not by accident. As O’Brien explains, “We’re happy about the record—we really gruelled over it. We decided there was no better time to be ruthless in what we wanted to hear, and we knew we were going to fight until we got it to sound the way we wanted it to sound.”

“It’s whatever gives you chills when you’re playing it, both musically and lyrically,” Quin says, in response to my question of what inspires the band. “It’s whatever makes you step back and go ‘whoa.’”

Nicholson opts for another explanation. “For a lot of songwriters, it is an act of necessity. It’s sort of like if you can write songs, then you have to. You need to get it out. It sounds a bit cheesy, but when you sing a song, you’re telling a secret to a room full of people that you’ve never met, and that’s a really releasing way to get stuff off your mind. It’s exhilarating to do that.”

“As far as the success of the band, who knows? You can always get bigger,” Nicholson says, and all four of them simultaneously look up to ponder. Then five seconds later he corrects himself, “Unless you’re Queen. Or, like, Josh Groban, or someone like that.”

Zeus plays Lee’s Palace as part of Canadian Music Week on March 10. Look out for more CMW 2010 coverage in upcoming issues of The Varsity.

The Pan-Am panhandle

Toronto and UTSC leaders took questions from students on the Pan American sports facility levy on Wednesday, March 3, at a town hall organized by the Scarborough Campus Students’ Union. This levy would account for students’ contribution to the athletics facility that could host the 2015 Pan Am games. The referendum runs from March 17-19 in the UTSC Student Centre.

The panel taking students’ questions consisted of Toronto mayor David Miller, UTSC principal Franco Vaccarino, Malvern community coordinator Alex Dow, 2004 Olympic medallist Liz Warden, SCSU acting president Amir Bashir, and John Kapageridis, president of UTSC’s Athletics Association.

Panellists urged students to vote yes to the proposed levy. “It [presents] a truly transformative moment for UTSC,” said Vaccarino.

“I am not against the Pan Am games in Toronto. I’m just against students paying for it. They should find another way to fund [the construction],” said a fourth-year life science student.

Vaccarino said that a reduced levy is not an option for UTSC. “We looked at various financial models [and] with the parameters we had, this is the model that we got.”

Miller agreed. “U of T’s funding is contingent on the levy,” he said. “It cannot shrink.”
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Students campaigning against the levy argue that the athletics complex will go ahead despite a No vote. Members of “Vote No to a Legacy of Debt” referred to Varsity Stadium at St. George campus, which faced a similar referendum in 2002. Students voted no to a proposed $70 fee. The stadium was still constructed and students currently pay a levy of $18.

“A No vote means that students do not want to support the complex,” said Vacarrino. Richard McKergow, a member of the “Vote No” campaign who works with the Association of Part-time Undergraduate Students, noted that the wording on the referendum does not ask students whether they want the complex but whether they’re willing to pay the levy.

Joeita Gupta, spokesperson for the group No Games Toronto, asked why the costs should be placed on the students. Gupta is also VP external of APUS and sits on U of T’s Governing Council.

Vacarrino replied that his “commitment and ability to support this [complex] comes directly from students,” and that in his view, students want the complex. He did not give any direct reply as to why students are taking on the costs.

First-year student David Khachikyan said he was glad for better facilities. “I would vote yes because there is not even a swimming pool here. It sucks. Why should I have to go downtown and not [have access] here?” His response to the levy: “It’s not a lot of money.”

Asked what he had to say to students currently struggling to pay their tuition, Miller mentioned the summer jobs he took on to get through school. “I understand the challenges. I ask you to see the opportunities,” said Miller. He referred to his own experience as a student who had to “pave roads” and “clean the rich kids’ toilets” in the summer to get through college. “I’m not going to tell you how to afford it. That’s your choice.”

Several students mentioned that the panel consisted solely of those supporting the levy. Bashir commented that he had not been approached by any member of the opposing side wanting to hold a similar forum.

No Games Toronto will be holding an open forum, said Gupta and Oriel Varga, the executive director of APUS. They declined to mention who would be speaking at the forum. Gupta said she does not think SCSU will give their group space.


The bottom line

• If passed, the levy would amount to $40 per semester for full-time students and $8 for part-timers. This fee will increase by four per cent each year until 2014, when the facilities are scheduled to open. Fees will then go up to $140 per semester for full-time students and $28 for part-time students.

• The proposal has students contributing $30 million over a 25-year period, which is 80 per cent of UTSC’s share of the bill. The Pan Am venue will be located along Military Trail and Morningside Avenue as part of an expansion project that runs to $750 million.

• The new sports complex will include fitness and training facilities, two 50-metre competition pools, and a multi-sport field house. A Scarborough-Malvern Light
Rail Transit system is also included in the package.

• UTSC’s Athletics Association website states that the money students contribute through the levy up until their graduation will be credited toward an alumni membership at the complex. Alumni memberships currently cost $365 per year.

• International students planning to leave Canada after graduation will not have access to these facilities. UTSC principal Franco Vaccarino said these students will still benefit from the complex because when asked by employers about the university, the mention of UTSC will evoke images of a prestigious institution whose world class athletics complex hosted the Pan Am games.
The referendum runs from March 17-19 in the UTSC Student Centre.

Research, youth employment get funding bump in federal budget

The 2010 federal budget, released on Thursday, includes moderate funding increases for research, youth employment, promoting college and university education to low-income students, and First Nations schools.

Overall, $108 million is to be spent over three years to help youth gain skills and work experience. This includes a $30 million increase each for programs targeting at-risk youth and funding internships for recent graduates, both part of the Youth Employment Strategy program. Another $30 million will go towards improving governance and accountability in First Nations elementary and secondary education. A $20 million boost will go to the Pathways to Education program, which works to lower the high school dropout rate and increase access to post-secondary education.

Approximately $517 million will be devoted to research over the next two years, outstripping increases to government spending in virtually all other sectors. In his speech Thursday, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty highlighted the push for research.

“We are supporting innovation in our colleges and universities, research hospitals and other research institutions,” he said. “These investments will help create clusters of great new jobs on the frontiers of knowledge.”

A total of $32 million will go to the three major granting councils, with the majority going to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research ($16 million), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council ($13 million). The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council will pick up the remaining $3 million. A new grant gives the three councils $45 million over five years for post-doctoral fellows.

This increase comes in the wake of last year’s highly controversial budget, which stipulated cuts of $148 million to the granting councils over three years. These cuts, which far outstrip this year’s modest $32 million increase, have not been suspended.

Adam Awad, VP university affairs at the U of T Students’ Union, argued that the funding did not go far enough, especially for U of T students. “As a principle, we know that the amount of money available from the granting councils is not enough and it’s been hugely problematic,” he said, calling last year’s cuts regressive. “Particularly at U of T where the overriding goal is to increase graduate studies, but the funding has not been any more.”

Awad also pointed to a lack of increased funding for the Post-Secondary Student Support Program, which helps First Nations and Aboriginal students access post-secondary education, as a major problem for U of T students.

“Each band council is given a certain amount of money to allocate as they see fit, which has been capped at two per cent per year, whereas tuition fees have been increased across the country,” he said.

The budget got a better reaction from Lyse Huot, director of communications for the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. Huot cited the increased funding for post-doctoral fellows as a good sign.

“At the maturity of the program, that will fund about 40 fellowships annually, valued at about $70,000 each for two years,” she said.

With files from Jane Bao


Where the money goes

$1 billion: For post-secondary educational infrastructures for the 2010-2011 year, as stipulated in 2009 Budget

$600M: Of funding for the Canada Foundation for Innovation remains to be spent; details to be released in coming months

$75M: Increase to Genome Canada’s budget

$45M: To the three granting research councils over five years, to establish a new post-doctoral fellowship program

$16M: Canadian Institutes of Health Research

$13M: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

$3M: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

$8M: Indirect costs of research

As good as gold

The Varsity Blues women’s volleyball team broke out of Burridge Gym in Hamilton with a 3-0 win over the McMaster Marauders for the Ontario University Athletics’ championship, assuring themselves a spot in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships.

The Blues built their lead in the first set, emerging from the first time out with an 8-7 edge, which quickly became 12-9. Their biggest lead was 16-11, but McMaster clawed to within four before U of T surged to a 25-20 final score.

The match’s second set was by far the tightest of the three, despite U of T jumping out to a commanding 6-0 lead to kick things off. McMaster cut the lead to three, and then finally pulled even at 8-8. A brief Blues’ lead disappeared into a 19-19 tie, before McMaster took its first lead of the game.

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But the Blues fought back, mustering another two-point advantage before McMaster drew even at 23-23 to set the stage for a tantalizing end to the set. U of T, however, ensured the set would go on no longer than necessary as they grabbed each of the next two points to prevail 25-23.

McMaster’s best chance to win a set seemed to come in the third when they pulled ahead to 2-0 and 8-6 leads, but U of T wouldn’t go away and fought to a 17-17 score. Karlee Diesing led a late-game Blues’ surge, as she collected half of the team’s final eight points for a 25-19 win and the match.

Alongside Diesing’s 16 total points, Heather Bansing pitched in with 12 to pace the Blues’ attack. The team went on to finish in sixth place at the CIS championship at the University of Alberta.

Formerly banned peace activist comes to U of T

Ann Wright, a former U.S. Army colonel, successfully crossed the Canadian border last week to speak against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Wright spoke at U of T on Tuesday, March 2, along with Stuart Trew, the trade campaigner for the advocacy group Council of Canadians.

In 2007, Wright was denied entry into Canada twice because of prior arrests in the U.S. related to peaceful protests against the Iraq war. The 63-year-old had resigned from the United States Foreign Service in 2003 to protest the war. She was banned from Canada from October 2007 to September 2008.

Organizers of the event had anticipated problems and were ready to have Wright speak via a live video link if she was refused entry into Canada. Although Wright did make it across the border, it was not smooth sailing.

“There was an issue with my entering—I spent three hours in Canadian immigration answering the same questions about my misdemeanour arrests in opposition to the wars and torture that I have answered four times before—this time I got in, but it’s not over,” Wright wrote in an email.
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Wright was placed on the FBI’s National Crime Information database for her actions, in what she believes to be an act of political intimidation.

At the International Student Centre Tuesday, Wright discussed the responsibility of dissent. Speaking out against government policies and protesting peacefully and non-violently, she said, led to her arrests for misdemeanour violations.

The event was organized by the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, Council of Canadians, Code Pink, and Science for Peace.

Much ado about next to nothing

March 3 was the last day NHL clubs could either bolster their team for a playoff push, or clear the decks of big contracts and get some return for impending free agents. It was a hot topic before the Olympic break, especially with Toronto and New Jersey being involved in trades for high-profile players.

There were a record 31 trades made on deadline day, with 55 players being moved and 25 draft picks changing hands. There has never been so much activity on a deadline day, yet there has never been so little to talk about. “Lots of activity, but it’s a low hum […] no big thunderclaps,” Leafs general manager Brian Burke told the media after the deadline.

The deadline saw a huge number of fringe players swap jerseys, mostly third- or fourth-line players and spare defencemen. Analysts all over the country had a hard time picking just a few significant trades that would pay immediate dividends.

Ottawa didn’t make any moves on Wednesday, but acquired defenceman Andy Sutton and forward Matt Cullen for picks and a prospect before deadline day, implying that GM Bryan Murray is confident in the team he has going into the playoffs. He does have a point, since the Senators have 30 points since Jan. 1, the third most in the NHL, behind only Washington and Carolina. Goalie Brian Elliott has been solid between the pipes, and with forwards Alexei Kovalev and Jason Spezza finally scoring, the Sens look to be peaking at just the right time.

Montreal was expected to be active at the deadline and settle their goaltending dilemma by moving either Carey Price or Jaroslav Halak, but their only move was a minor one, sending forward Matt D’Agostini to St. Louis for Aaron Palushaj, who has never played an NHL game. The Canadiens are outside the playoff picture at the moment, and with forward Mike Cammalleri out for a few more weeks, it’s hard to believe they will find themselves in the postseason.

Vancouver took part in three trades, picking up defencemen Sean Zimmerman and Andrew Alberts and forward Yan Stastny in exchange for sparsely-used defenceman Mathieu Schneider, a pick, and a prospect, respectively. None of these moves improve by that much the Canucks, who needed a solid defence to hold the fort until Kevin Bieksa returns. The only positive coming out of the deadline is the shedding of Schneider’s contract.

Calgary was fairly busy, exchanging goalies with Anaheim by acquiring Vesa Toskala for Curtis McElhinney, giving them a much needed quality backup. With the Dion Phaneuf trade before the Olympics, the Flames found themselves with too many forwards and a weaker defence core. Calgary shored up their defence by picking up Steve Staios from the Oilers and Andy Delmore from the Red Wings, and sent forwards Dustin Boyd and Riley Armstrong packing. The trades give Calgary a good shot at making the playoffs as they sit outside the top eight at the moment, but may not provide enough punch to go deep and beat possible first-round opponents San Jose or Chicago.

Edmonton was in sell mode, and after sending Denis Grebeshkov to Nashville earlier in the week and Staios to Calgary for Aaron Johnson and a conditional pick, they made what is arguably the biggest trade of the day, acquiring Ryan Whitney and a sixth-round pick from the Ducks for Lubomir Visnovsky, both of whom participated in the Olympics. GM Kevin Lowe now has $10 million in extra cap space to help the last-place Oilers next season.

Toronto was the busiest of the Canadian teams, clearing house and stocking up on draft picks. At the beginning of the season the Leafs’ top seven forwards were Phil Kessel, Mikhail Grabovski, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Matt Stajan, Jason Blake, Niklas Hagman, and Lee Stempniak. As of Wednesday night, only Kessel and Grabovski remained, and the Leafs netted three draft picks, two prospects, and forward Luca Caputi from deadline day deals. This gives the Leafs lots of cap space and young players for next season, where they hope to finally build a playoff-bound team, and not be on the golf course come mid-April.

Washington is the winner of the trade deadline sweepstakes, acquiring a good puck-handling defenceman in Joe Corvo, and solidifying their bench depth by picking up Milan Jurcina and forwards Scott Walker and Eric Belanger. These lower-line players will prove crucial in the late stages of the playoffs, where the top lines will be worn down and need some help to carry the load as the competition gets tougher.

Phoenix made a fairly big pickup by acquiring forward Wojtek Wolski from Colorado, for forwards Peter Mueller and Kevin Porter. They also grabbed Stempniak from the Leafs, and for some reason thought that Mathieu Schneider would be a good pickup. Though he may be an experienced leader in the dressing room, his production on the ice may be minimal as he has only five points in 17 games.

Pittsburgh’s only significant move was acquiring Toronto’s Ponikarovsky, who may crack the second line but will likely play on the third line. Buffalo acquired Raffi Torres from Columbus, and is in the same scenario as Ponikarovsky. Both teams didn’t need to do too much to improve their rosters, and are expected to make a lot of noise in the playoffs.

The Devils made their important deal prior to the Olympic break, acquiring Ilya Kovalchuk, and on Wednesday snatched defenceman Martin Skoula from the Leafs for a fifth-round pick. New Jersey is sitting in fourth place at the moment, and if Kovalchuk can start scoring, they will have a good shot at overtaking Pittsburgh for the division lead.

Boston, the NHL’s lowest-scoring team, did not address that need in any way. Instead, they picked up a pair in defence to help them improve on preventing opposition scoring, where they are ranked third-best in the Eastern Conference. Apparently, GM Peter Chiarelli thinks that keeping other teams from scoring is equal to the Bruins actually scoring goals themselves.

The San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks sit in the top two positions in the Western Conference, and both teams stood pat on deadline day. Both teams are playing excellent hockey, but many thought that Chicago would be making a move for a solid goaltender. Instead, GM Stan Bowman felt that both Cristobal Huet and Antti Niemi were capable of backstopping the Blackhawks to a late postseason run.

The biggest surprise of the day was a non-trade. Philadelphia did not make a move for a starting goalie, despite losing Ray Emery for the remainder of the season. GM Paul Holmgren believes that Michael Leighton is good enough for the job, even though the 51 games he has played thus far is the most he has played in any level of his hockey career. Regardless, the Flyers are playing their best hockey right now and are hoping the play will carry over into the postseason.

There were plenty of high-profile players on the market, including forward Ray Whitney, defenceman Tomas Kaberle, and goalies Marty Turco, Tomas Vokoun, and Martin Biron. The fact that big-name players weren’t moved has less to do with teams being confident with what they have and more to do with salary cap issues. Vancouver is over the salary cap and Chicago, San Jose, and Ottawa are all within $1 million of it and simply couldn’t afford to trade for a high-calibre player without disrupting the entire make-up of the team. These cap restrictions make it near impossible for teams to rent players like they could in the past, and require a more in-depth thought process and analysis by the general managers on how to improve their team without overspending or dismantling what they have. Deadline days used to be about which team would make the biggest splash by acquiring the biggest players. Now it is about fine-tuning rosters that have been set from the opening day of the season.

In pictures: International Women’s Day

TOP: At the Women’s Day protest outside OISE on Saturday, demonstrators burned a traditional head covering to protest against the Iranian government. The rally was followed by a march to Ryerson University. (Photos Alex Nursall)

BOTTOM: At SolidariTEA, a multifaith event to celebrate International Women’s Day, participants listened to a keynote address from Sally Armstrong, an activist, filmmaker, and author who has won numerous awards. Not to be outdone, the other speaker, 12-year-old Amanda Belzowski, has raised over $135,000 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Participants also prepared gift baskets for Nellie’s Women’s Shelter. (Photo David Pike)
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Canada redefined

We’ll never forget it. Seven minutes and 40 seconds into overtime against our American rivals, Sydney Crosby potted what’s now known as “The Golden Goal,” securing the gold medal for Canada and creating what is possibly the greatest moment in Canadian hockey history. It was the crowning win of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games and will be the most reminisced moment for years to come. But don’t forget, there were 16 days of Olympics that came before that and they did more to redefine this country than any hockey game.

With the opening ceremonies, we introduced ourselves to the world. This was our big chance to shout “Canada” from the grandest stage—to let everyone know who we are. That’s why it was so surprising when themes of multiculturalism and bilingualism were notably downplayed. In place of these tried and true national ideals, a new identity emerged. With a reported three billion watching, we extolled the idea that, above all else, we are an Aboriginal nation.

From the initial Olympic bid to the final medal, these Olympics were steeped in Aboriginal tradition. In vying to host the Games at the beginning of the decade, the Vancouver Organizing Committee teamed up with British Columbia’s four host First Nations— the Musqueam, Squamish, Lil’wat, and Tsleil-Waututh—a partnership that lasted all through the hosting process. The Aboriginal Pavilion was among the most popular attractions, as was Canada Northern House, which showcased Inuit culture. The medals awarded in Vancouver bore designs of an orca and raven by First Nation artist Corrine Hunt. Not to mention the official Vancouver 2010 emblem, an Inukshuk.

Of course, only time will tell if 17 days can redefine a country on a constant journey to find itself. With so many cultural, linguistic, ethnic, and geographic inheritances, who can blame us?
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Canada’s modern history began with French settlement in the 1600s, commencing a multi-century struggle between France and England for control over the resource-rich land. In the mid-18th century, Britain gained control, establishing Canada as an imperial nation imbued with British tradition for the next couple of centuries. Then, with moments such as Vimy Ridge in 1917, Canada began to break out of its dominion mould. With the Union Jack fading throughout the 20th century, we adopted ideas of multiculturalism, bilingualism, and federalism, led by possibly the greatest nation builder we’ve ever seen, Pierre Elliot Trudeau. We were Chinese-Canadians, French-Canadians, Polish-Canadians, but never Canadians. And for the last 40-odd years, this pluralism remained our creed, leaving the door wide open for divisive claims of French-Canadian nationalism that nearly tore Canada apart.

Perhaps the “mosaic” idea was all in an attempt to distinguish ourselves from our strong and united neighbours to the south. They’ve always been so comfortable and sure of themselves. We were jealous of their certainty and tried to create unity through our diversity, but it didn’t quite work. We were still left scrambling to find our core.

But we were looking in the wrong place. We needed to direct our gaze farther back: past the multicultural creed of the ’70s and ’80s, past Vimy Ridge, even past British colonial rule and French settlement. The characteristics of this country and the people in it—resourcefulness, perseverance, kinship, endurance, respect, modesty, tolerance, and loyalty—stem from a tradition of Aboriginal peoples that lived here for millennia.

Stuck in the urban bastion of Toronto, sometimes it’s easy to forget this tradition, but it’s nevertheless omnipresent from coast to coast to coast. Whether you just arrived on our shores, are a 10th-generation Canadian, or have lineage that runs past European settlement, there’s a common experience many of us share—an encounter with the unbridled, sublime land around us. Camping in Muskoka, plunging into Lake Louise, skating as fast as you can on a frozen Lake Winnipeg until your face hurts, catching dinner off the coast of Cape Breton, watching the midnight sun, or even gazing at the works of Emily Carr or the Group of Seven in the AGO are all experiences that trace back to the first peoples of Canada. As Pierre Burton said, having sex in a canoe is indeed a uniquely Canadian skill.

Now let’s be very clear about something: 17 days of patriotic fun does not erase 400 years of history. Tracing all the way back to European settlement and the Indian Act of 1867 that gave the federal government authority to legislate in regards to “Indians and Lands Reserved for Indians,” Canada has been steeped in Eurocentric policy and practice. There are even several groups, including the Olympic resistance Network and www.no2010.com, who opposed the Olympics because they claimed they were being held on unceded Aboriginal territory.

This shameful history should certainly not be forgotten, or even forgiven. But there comes a point when we must reconcile our historic clashes, and begin to build a new history based on mutual respect and cooperation, and move forward. The Olympics marked a crucial initial step in this process.

Maybe Canada’s connection to Aboriginal culture was so obvious it was overlooked. Not anymore. The 2010 Olympics shone the light on who we really are.