By Rod Mickleburgh
Despite the unprecedented participation of aboriginal communities in the coming Games, leaders say they have not ruled out targeting the Olympics as an example of the continuing erosion of aboriginal title in the province.
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs said there was constant reference to the Olympics at last week's historic Assembly of Chiefs gathering, which strongly rejected government proposals aimed at recognizing aboriginal title in the province.
While stressing that it was premature "to know how it will all play out," Mr. Phillip said a native task force has been struck to consider "assertive strategies on the ground" to advance aboriginal rights.
"It's hard to generate public support [for native issues], if you poke people in the eye with a stick," said Mr. Phillip.
"Absolutely. We can't let them hold their circus unopposed. We are a group that's determined and effective," Mr. Hill said on Wednesday.