Today I was struck by history in the making here in Canada. It was very beautiful to watch the FIRST NATIONS CHIEFS in their traditional attire, paddle in a canoe with the Olympic Torch, across the waters into downtown Vancouver city and one by one each chief stood up on the canoe, held the torch high up, introduced himself and asked the permission of the local chief to enter his territory. And then with great dignity they got on the docks to participate in the ceremonial walk to the official podium for the invocation and the lighting of the olympic cauldron. What a wonderful way of intertwining the history of the aboriginals of Canada with the world history of the Olympics.
I was not born in Canada, yet I was very deeply touched by the ‘docking ceremony’. A lot of school children and many people had taken the day off to witness this wonderful ceremony.
I also understand that this torch relay itself is making history:
After the Olympic Flame leaves Athens, Greece and is carried by air to Canada, a record-setting Olympic Torch Relay begins. According to relay organizers, it will be unique in three ways.
It will be the longest torch relay in Olympic history – 45,000 kilometres within the boundaries of a single country. The Olympic Flame will visit over 1000 communities across Canada. An estimated 12,000 torchbearers are scheduled to carry the flame (with an additional 8,000 volunteers helping out)
The torch relay will depart from Victoria, BC, on October 30, 2009, criss-cross the country, and return on February 12, 2010 to BC Place in Vancouver where the Olympic Flame will be lit as part of the Opening Ceremony.
For more information and trivia on the torch, do check out this link:
I will update this post with video as soon as it becomes available. For now, please click on the video in this article in globaltv’s site, and join me in WELCOMING THE OLYMPIC TORCH TO CANADA..!!!