Danielle Lorenz

Danielle Lorenz

Our “Home” On Native Land:
The Vancouver 2010 Olympics and West Coast First Nations’ Land Claims


While for many Canadians the Vancouver 2010 Olympic was a two-week display of national pride, what many were unaware of – despite vocal and visible protests in the streets of the city – was that the games were taking place on unceded land. This paper puts forth the argument that the Vancouver 2010 Olympics functions as an allegory for the Canadian state’s denial that Canada is on stolen indigenous land. The paper examines how this process of denial was developed through colonial powers’ legitimization of settling land, encompassing a complex set of beliefs, doctrines and myths.  The paper also examines the formal practices and policies of the Canadian State when dealing with indigenous land, and their relationship to current First Nations land claims in the area around Vancouver, British Columbia.


Pour la plupart des Canadiens, les Jeux Olympiques 2010 à Vancouver représentent deux semaines de fierté nationale. Ce que plusieurs ignoraient, malgré les nombreuses manifestations dans la ville de Vancouver, c’est que les jeux ont eu lieu sur un territoire non cédé. Cet article  développe l’argument que les Jeux Olympiques de 2010 sont une illustration de la négation par l’État canadien du fait que le Canada est sur des terres autochtones « volées ». Cet article trace le développement de cette négation à travers la légitimation de la colonisation du territoire, ce qui comprend un système complexe de croyances, de doctrines et de mythes. Cet article considère également les pratiques formelles et les politiques de l’État envers les terres autochtones, ainsi que la relation actuelle entre l’état et les Premières Nations qui revendiquent le territoire autours de Vancouver en Colombie-Britannique.


Indigenous, land claims, Olympics

Danielle Lorenz is finishing the first year of her Masters in Canadian Studies at Carleton University in the Indigenous Studies specialization. Prior to her studies at Carleton, Danielle completed two undergraduate degrees at McMaster University; the first a combined honours in Anthropology and Cultural Studies, and the second an honours degree in English with a minor in Indigenous Studies. Danielle’s primary research interests include Indigenous-settler relations, non-Native allies, race, representation, higher education, Generation Y and dinosaurs. In her spare time, Danielle writes for the TalentEgg Career Incubator.


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