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Native leaders object to logo for 2010 Olympics

Some Native leaders in Canada are objecting to the use of a traditional Inuit symbol for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

Native leaders in British Columbia say they feel slighted by the choice of a symbol that doesn't represent the culture of their region. Chief Stewart Philip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, compared the logo to Pac-Man.

One Inuit leader also objected. Peter Irniq, a former Nunavut commissioner, said it is wrong to call the symbol an inukshuk, a highly important Inuit marker. He said the symbol resembles an inunguat, which is an imitation of a human.

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Olympic emblem not a winner with First Nations (CBC 4/26)
Olympic inukshuk irks Inuit leader (CBC 4/26)
B.C. First Nations group frustrated with 2010 logo (The Globe and Mail 4/25)
Native groups feel slighted over 2010 design (CP 4/25)

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