Vancouver Olympics – First Nations’ Pavillion

At the 2010 Winter Olympics, as at the World’s Fair Vancouver in 1986, the First Nations’ art and culture and handcrafts will be featured for Vancouver visitors.

Having attended the World’s Fair then, if the tribes do a similar job, the experience will be fantastic! Except for a regular tourist t-shirt, every other souvenir gift I bought was from the traditional artwork of the tribes. I still enjoy the pieces, and will always treasure them. The Inuit stone carvings, furry seals and cedar carvings and boxes etc. exhibit exemplary and timeless craftsmanship.

At the Fair, I was also able to eat traditional tribal foods, harvested from the wild, in many cases. It was a wonderful experience! A possible replica of this meal will be available at the Olympics. Adjacent to the Aboriginal Pavilion (described below), the 2,000 square-foot QE restaurant will be converted into a Reception Hall, featuring Aboriginal exhibits and cuisine.

Yes, at the Olympics’ Aboriginal Pavilion, the world will experience the warmth and hospitality of the First Nations Canada and especially the Four Host First Nations, on whose traditional and shared-traditional territories the Games are being held.

In the Pavilion, all can celebrate the rich cultures and diversity of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada – First Nations, Inuit and Métis. The local First Nations tribes include: the Musqueam First Nation, the Squamish First Nation, the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation and the L’il Waat First Nation.

In February, when the world comes to Vancouver for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the Pavilion will open. It is located on the plaza of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in downtown Vancouver.

The 8,000 square-foot 2010 Aboriginal Pavilion will be right in the heart of Olympic activity as it is located across Cambie Street from Vancouver’s Celebration Site and a short walk from BC Place Stadium and Canada Hockey Place.

The crowning architectural feature is a 65-foot high, multimedia inflated sphere on which a state of the art multimedia show will be projected on the surface of the sphere itself – inside and out. The building is representative of a Coast Salish Longhouse. The Longhouse will be relocated after the Games, and will remain in Vancouver as a cultural legacy.

The pavilion will use the latest technology to showcase the masters of Aboriginal art as well as top-tier native business, culture and sport from every region in Canada.

You will be able to buy authentic pan-Canadian Aboriginal products, in the Pavilion’s 1,500 square-foot Trading Post.

Special “theme” days will happen to highlight and showcase Aboriginal groups from all regions of Canada. Visitors will be entertained by live events, too. You may be there to experience Inuit throat singing, Métis jigging, First Nations hoop dancing, as well as contemporary Aboriginal performances.

“The 2010 Winter Games represent a turning point in our history,” said National Chief Fontaine. “For the first time in Olympic history, Indigenous Peoples are full partners in hosting these Winter Games and we will work closely with the four Host Nations to ensure there are lasting legacies for our people.”

“This Pavilion will be the Aboriginal gathering place at the biggest potlatch the world has ever seen within our shared traditional territories,” said Squamish Chief Williams.

“Most of Canada’s history has been written in hundreds of years,” said Lil’wat Chief Andrew. “Our peoples have shared these lands for thousands. We look forward to welcoming the world here for an authentic Aboriginal experience in 2010.”

What a chance to celebrate!

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