André Dudemaine, director of LandInSights, a Quebec-based aboriginal advocacy group, said Mr. Pound made comments in an interview with Montreal's La Presse newspaper in August, in which he called 17th-century Canada “a land of savages.” The comments were discriminatory and contrary to the IOC code of ethics, Mr. Dudemaine said.
Mr. Pound, speaking in French in a story about the Olympics published Aug. 9, was responding to a question about the potential embarrassment of holding the Games in China, where dissidents had been jailed and a Tibetan uprising crushed.
“We must not forget that 400 years ago, Canada was a land of savages, with scarcely 10,000 inhabitants of European descent, while in China, we're talking about a 5,000-year-old civilization. We must be prudent about our great experience of three or four centuries before telling the Chinese how to manage China,” Mr. Pound told journalist Agnès Gruda.
Maybe he meant to say that Canada's unschooled Anglos, with only a few hundred years of civilization on the continent, shouldn't lecture the Chinese. But that it's okay for Canada's Aboriginals, with their own civilization of 10,000-plus years, to lecture them.
Hmm...maybe, but probably not.
For the inevitable outcome of this story, see Days After Public Outcry, Pound Says He's Sorry. For more on the subject, see Hypocrisy Over Olympics Bashing.