VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The newly unveiled logo for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics has upset some Canadian aboriginal people.
The multicolored "inukshuk" -- based on traditional Inuit stone figures used to point traveling Inuit to safety and symbolize friendship -- is composed of blocks in the colors of the Olympic rings. It's called "Ilanaaq" (pronounced ih-lah-nawk), the Inuit word for "friend."
It was denounced by Edward John, the grand chief of Canada's First Nations Summit.
He said the logo, unveiled Saturday in Vancouver, didn't reflect the indigenous people of Canada's western coast. The Inuit are natives of Canada's northern and Arctic Circle territories.
"We're very surprised at the choice," John said. "If the games were in the North or in the Arctic, and we had a totem pole or a West Coast design, I'm not sure (the Inuit would) be happy either." Many of Canada's Inuit live in Nunavut. The northern territory's premier, Paul Okalik, is pleased with the design choice.
"We're very proud that a symbol from our culture is going to be used in an international event," he said. "Our inukshuk has been around a very long time. To be shown off to the rest of the world is very special for us."
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