First, I would like to apologize to those people who will be offended by this post because they have an inability to face facts when they have something to gain… (Like hundreds of trillions in real estate value they didn’t work to create or develop or maintain)
No Olympics on Stolen Native Land? Why just ‘No Olympics’? How about ‘No Aboriginal Cultural Centers Funded by White People for the Benefit of Natives on Stolen Native Land!’? ‘No Wind Power on Stolen Native Land!’ No Affordable Housing on Stolen Native Land!… and so on…
Secondly, FUCK YOU! I didn’t steal shit, and you didn’t have shit stolen from you so get over it! If someone stole from you or someone you know, you should phone the police and make a report.
No one gave me any land and I was born here too. I’m 5th generation Canadian–do I get to sue Chinese people in Richmond for stealing my land? No–cause I never personally owned their land. They worked for it. They paid the mortgage. They own it now–fair and square.
In 1709, during a particularly brutal war of ethnic cleansing, my ancestors fled the Paletinate, also called the Pfaltz, in what is now Germany, near the current border with France, that has been fought over countless times before and since. See my family webpage for details http://micksofmicksburg.ca/?q=european)
Can you please tell me who I can sue to get back ‘my’ land? Or will that just open me up to being sued by people in Rome that claim all of Europe belongs to them…? but then who owned the land before the Romans…? who owned it before them? We have to draw the line somewhere… The whole world is the way it is because of past colonialism and their isn’t any fair way to go back to a previous state based on racism. (I don’t own my land because I am white?)
What about when one native tribe attacked and conquered another–or even enslaved another? I know we all want to see natives as peace loving environmentalists, but that is just not the case (see the photos at the Museum of Anthropology of what natives did to forests). Does one native group owe reparations to other natives? Much of BC is claimed by rival bands…
Hopefully you can see how absurd and selfish the idea of anything being stolen from the aboriginals that live in BC today. (Though, there are many injustices faced by natives today from racism). But that has nothing to do with who land belongs to.
As someone who was born into a less than ideal situation, when it comes to family, finances and culture (Western culture sucks) I can assure you that moving past blame is the only way to freedom and happiness. So unless someone can prove they are 200 years old, let’s move on and find a way for the people of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and the world to benefit from the Olympics.
And if you still think that all of BC is stolen land–put your money where your mouth is and get the fuck out, you hypocritical thief! lmao!
Bottom line: In order for something to be stolen from you–you have to own it. You have to be alive to own something. So if you weren’t born before it was stolen–it wasn’t stolen from you and you have no personal claim to it. (And it is racist to say your race owns it.)