The Caledonia Victims Project is an advocacy and public policy centre dedicated to documenting the human and economic costs of racial policing and aboriginal extremism to ensure victims -both aboriginal and non-aboriginal – are heard.
Simply put, the Project seeks to share the lessons inherent in victims’ stories with those at the policy development table with the goal of promoting healing and reconcilation between communities based on truth, justice and respect for the rule of law.
The Project will provide key resources, and promote discussion between journalists, researchers, stakeholders and policy makers/influencers. One of the difficulties in facilitating these goals currently is that volunteer activists simply have not had time to prioritize and catalogue the most important material in an easy-to-reference format.
Please see the Resources page for a list of interim reference links while the Project is under construction.
Request for your help: VICTIM IMPACT STATEMENTS
Have you been impacted by a land claim dispute in Caledonia; Brantford; Ipperwash or Deseronto? Your victim impact statement would be an important contribution to the historical record, and it could help ensure that innocents are never again abandoned as part of a political agenda of appeasing aboriginal extremists. Statements by aboriginal victims of occupation ‘home-free zones’ are also welcome. Please contact Mark Vandermaas: email@example.com for more info.
Request for your help: PHOTOS-VIDEO
The Project would like to gain access to your previously-unseen photos and video that capture the impact of lawlessness in Caledonia, Ipperwash and Deseronto. Your photos will be credited to you if you wish your name used. Have you posted photo galleries online? Please contact Mark at the address below to send photos and/or links.
Underscoring the necessity of preventing poorly conceived policy-making: the Ipperwash Inquiry vs. the Ipperwash Papers Project
The vital importance of ensuring that the voices of innocent victims and irrefutable facts find their way into the policy debate is underscored by the Ontario government’s ongoing use of the Ipperwash Inquiry recommendations to justify their ‘hands off’ approach to the Caledonia crisis despite knowing that the Inquiry did not study the issue of violence and other crime committed by aboriginal protesters against innocent third parties during land claim disputes. The only issue studied by the Ipperwash Inquiry was how to minimize police use of force against aboriginal protesters. In fact, the Inquiry made a concerted effort not to allow any evidence or testimony regarding aboriginal crime against third parties to be presented or published.
Readers can view an example of a land claim victims’ project in the form of the Ipperwash Papers Project – consisting of over 400 pages of unreleased documents about the suffering of residents at the hands of aboriginal militants and racial OPP/DND policing practices. This project – led by CVP founder Mark Vandermaas with assistance from CANACE founder Gary McHale and long-time Ipperwash community leader Mary-Lou LaPratte – was presented to the Queen’s Park Media Studio on March 14/07:
- CANACE report: McGuinty’s Ipperwash Cover-up: the Caledonia Legacy [PDF, 10p]
- The Ipperwash Papers project: www.ipperwashpapers.ca
- Western Standard, Soldiers of Fortune feature, July 02/07: Protection Racket: An Ontario judge glosses over illegal aboriginal acts at Ipperwash
The Ontario government’s justification of its handling of the Caledonia situation can most charitably described as disingenuous. Some, including this writer, would call it a dangerous policy fraud that has already caused incalculable human and economic damage to Ontario’s citizens.
Despite the terrible consequences of the McGuinty government’s fraud, to date not one member of the Ontario Legislature has risen to denounce the inappropriate application of the Inquiry’s recommendations. Worse, with the sole exceptions of the Western Standard magazine and the Regional News in Caledonia not one media outlet in Canada has ever published a feature story about the Ipperwash Papers or the government’s fraudulent reliance on recommendations designed only to prevent violence against native protesters.
Although the larger mainstream media outlets in Ontario have never carried the Ipperwash Papers expose’ of the Ipperwash Inquiry it is, nevertheless, being read by investigative journalists, politicians, and academics whose students are utilizing the project as an important research tool.
Would your organization benefit from knowing more about these critical issues?
Mark Vandermaas (VoiceofCanada editor and founder of the Caledonia Victims Project) and Gary McHale (Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality) have been recognized as subject matter experts with respect to the Caledonia crisis. Both were invited presenters at the 2010 ‘New Directions in Aboriginal Policy’ forum at Mount Royal University in Calgary held on May 05/10. This important forum was the second in the series to be organized by the co-author of Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry, Dr. Frances Widdowson.
- Caledonia Victims Project, May 04/10: 2010 ‘New Directions in Aboriginal Policy’ forum hears Caledonia’s pain…and hope
Please contact CVP founder Mark Vandermaas if you would like to organize a similar presentation for your club, organization or company: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Thank you for your interest in the Caledonia Victims Project.
Mark Vandermaas, Founder