Truth & Reconciliation Rally, Caledonia – Feb 27/11

IFPS-Canada VP Mary Lou Amgrogio speaks about free speech, and announces that her organization is co-sponsoring 'Caledonia: No More Nightmares' in Ottawa, March 22/11. Click image to play video (5:13)

IFPS-Canada VP Mary Lou Amgrogio speaks about free speech, and announces that her organization is co-sponsoring 'Caledonia: No More Nightmares' in Ottawa, March 22/11. Click image to play video (5:13)

After returning home yesterday from Sunday’s tumultuous Truth and Reconciliation Rally on Feb 27/11, and our unsuccessful attempt to place a symbolic Healing & Reconciliation Apology monument on the road allowance near the entrance to the occupation site in Caledonia, I forwarded some initial thoughts and references to Natasha at MooseAndSquirrel.ca who has been kind enough to not only cover this story, but also share my speech notes with her readers since I have not had time to do so.

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Caledonia Players: Jim Windle

  1. Editor, Tekawennake News
  2. Founder, pro-occupation TRUE (Two Row Understanding through Education) organization

References

  • Tekawennake News Op-Ed series, Gary McHale, Mark Vandermaas, Merlyn Kinrade, Doug Fleming, July 14-21/10: Healing Two Communities [PDF, 7p] (out of court settlement w/Teka after Windle published false allegations of white supremacist associations)
  • Brantford Expositor, March 15/10: Unions, natives united in opposing city plan [PDF] (Windle, TRUE, Tom Keefer & FNSWG working together)
  • VoiceofCanada, Jan 03/10: CNO confirms Six Nations RPN disciplined for past patient abuse (re Windle accusation vs. Mark Vandermaas of making false allegations vs. Teka employee Timothy Sywyk
  • Mark Vandermaas submission to Dr. Francis Widdowson, Aug 03/10: Response to Jim Windle allegations of “totally fabricated” stories by ‘New Directions in Aboriginal Policy’ forum presenters Vandermaas & McHale [PDF, 12p]
  • CUPE 3903 First Nations Solidarity Working Group, Nov 15/09: Report of the CUPE 3903 First Nations Solidarity Working Group to the 2009 AGM (TRUE rec’d $ from Freedonia anarchist organization through CUPE 3903; TRUE cooperation w/FNSWG) NOTE: Contact Mark Vandermaas, info@caledoniavictimsproject.ca for PDF copy of this report: 

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Haldimand Tract land claim myth should provide sober second thought re aboriginal sovereignty negotiations with anarchist proxies

Sam Gualtieri after Sept 13/07 attack by native protestersSince sending my notes about last Sunday’s Truth & Reconciliation Rally (Feb 27/11) to Natasha at MooseandSquirrel.ca who did an outstanding job in getting them up when I was so pressed for time, a great thing happened after she posted Sunday’s notes under the title, ‘Caledonia: The front line struggle against the anti-capitalist, anarchist, Marxist agenda‘ (link below).

The post has since attracted quite a discussion, including some submissions from THE Dan Kellar who led the goon squad that shut down Christie Blatchford’s first presentation at the University of Waterloo.

About Dan Kellar & UofW

Dan Kellar comments on the Truth & Reconciliation Rally

When you read Kellar’s submissions and his counter-responses to my citing of clear, indisputable truths about Caledonia, you will truly understand why Caledonia truly IS the front line in the fight to preserve democratic values against the anti-capitalist agenda which includes using native people as pawns to destroy Canadian democracy via any means necessary. 

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JOINT NEWS RELEASE: McGuinty targets McHale’s Group for Arrest

Joint Press Release by CANACE and Caledonia Victims Project – Feb 25, 2011

 McGuinty Targets McHale’s Group for Arrest [PDF]

090712 THE END OF THE BEGINNING! Final flag victory CaledoniaIn a recent meeting with the OPP regarding the Truth and Reconciliation Rally this Sunday in Caledonia at 1 pm outside the Caledonia Lion’s Hall, Gary McHale was informed that the OPP have received instructions to arrest any member of McHale’s group who walks onto DCE. This is at the request of the property owner which is Dalton McGuinty.

The Ontario Government wrote a letter to Supt. Cain yesterday to instruct him to enforce the law. However, the letter also instructed the OPP that the Native Occupiers and their associates were permitted to use DCE.

While Christie Blatchford’s book provides a mountain of evidence to show how the OPP were wilfully targeting Gary McHale for arrest it is not until now that the OPP has admitted that the Government has also instructed the OPP to target McHale’s Group.

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‘Where are the Christians?’ A Donkey’s Search for God and Justice in Caledonia

These children—unoffending, innocent, and beautiful—were the victims of one of the most vicious and tragic crimes ever perpetrated against humanity.

And yet they died nobly. They are the martyred heroines of a holy crusade for freedom and human dignity. And so this afternoon in a real sense they have something to say to each of us in their death. They have something to say to every minister of the gospel who has remained silent behind the safe security of stained-glass windows.

‘Where are the Christians when we need them!’

This was the closing lament in an email I received from someone who has invested a great deal of time trying to warn people about the dangers of Islamic extremism and the threat it poses to Western democracies. I have received many emails from him in the past on this topic, and he has been good enough to forward some of our messages on behalf of Caledonia’s victims to his contacts. Last night’s message (originally forwarded to him by a 3rd party) closed with the plaintive cry, “Where are the Christians when we need them!

spectator-jan-20-07-gary-mchale.jpgI have often asked that very question of Gary McHale, who is, as readers of Helpless: Caledonia’s Nightmare of Fear and Anarchy, And How The Law Failed All of Us, know — a devout Christian who became one at a fairly young age after a ‘less-than Christian’ upbringing. Gary attended a Baptist Seminary, has been a deacon of the church, and taught in various churches in Ontario. He has also authored several Christian books. His activism in Caledonia – inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who was himself a Baptist minister – arises out of his deeply-held religious belief that Christians have a duty to speak out when they witness injustices that shock the conscience.

I wonder, with tears in my heart…

  • Why has one of my own relatives, who professes to be a pious Baptist, who has long known of my struggle for justice in Caledonia, and whose town I must pass every time I drive to and from Caledonia, made no effort to help me reach out to his church?
  • Why, in the early days, did one of my Christian friends (who has a daughter who looks uncannily like Pam ‘Dancer’ Dudych) angrily tell me “I don’t want to talk about it!” when I brought up the subject of how native occupiers had authorized the shooting of civilians and OPP officers? (I have not visited her since that day.)
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LETTER TO CHRISTIAN LEADERS re ‘Truth & Reconciliation’ Rally in Caledonia on Sunday

LETTER TO CHRISTIAN LEADERS re Truth and Reconciliation Rally in Caledonia on Sunday Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. [PDF, 3p]

Dear Christian Leader:

Your help and spiritual leadership is needed to bring about lasting healing and reconciliation within the communities affected by the violence, hatred, and by the failure of government to uphold the fundamentals of a free and democratic society in Caledonia – which has been documented in Christie Blatchford’s shocking book HELPLESS: Caledonia’s Nightmare of Fear and Anarchy, And How the Law Failed All of Us. We believe it is your Christian duty to God and your fellow man to play an active role. After you have had time to read this and prayerfully consider the seriousness of the issues involved, we ask you to call us.

Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan is an example of how people, including religious leaders, can walk by those who are in pain. It was the ‘outsider’, the Samaritan, who stopped and provided help for the person who was suffering. Simply walking by and adding the person to your prayer list isn’t what Jesus wants Christians to do.

Sam Gualtieri after Sept 13/07 attack by native protestersAs a Christian, I understand the vital need for prayer in all things, but as Jesus and the Apostles demonstrated by their lives, there comes a time when Christians must walk among the people to bring both comfort to those in need while exposing sin and injustice.

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Queen’s Park ‘Truth & Reconciliation’ news conference

News Conference:
‘Truth & Reconciliation’ Rally in Caledonia

Queen’s Park Media Studio, Feb 23/11 

Presenters

CANACE diagram, Aug 07/08: 'Reconciliation: The CANACE Path' (presented to Brantford Council, Sept 29/08). Click for full size PDF, then right-click, 'Rotate Clockwise'

CANACE diagram, Aug 07/08: 'Reconciliation: The CANACE Path' (presented to Brantford Council, Sept 29/08). Click for full size PDF, then right-click, 'Rotate Clockwise'

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Queen's Park, 'Truth & Reconciliation Rally in Caledonia' news conference, Feb 23/11: (L-R) Mark Vandermaas, Gary McHale, MPP Randy Hillier, Merlyn Kinrade

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BULLETIN: MPPs Barrett & Hillier to join CANACE, Caledonia Victims Project at Queen’s Park news conference

MPP Randy HillierMPP Toby BarrettCo-founders of Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality (CANACE) Gary McHale and Caledonia resident Merlyn Kinrade, and Caledonia Victims Project founder Mark Vandermaas will be joined by Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett and fellow MPP Randy Hillier (Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox) at a news conference in the Queen’s Park Media Studio tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 pm.

The purpose of the event is to provide journalists with information about our upcoming ‘Truth and Reconciliation Rally’ which will be held this coming Sunday, Feb 27th at 1pm. (link to news release below)

We are very pleased that Mr. Barrett and Mr. Hillier have agreed to participate in this news conference to show their support in furthering the cause of healing for Caledonia and Six Nations residents.

MPP Toby Barrett – there from the beginning

march_for_freedom_oct15-06-011.jpgmarch_for_freedom_oct15-06-008.jpgMr. Barrett was one of the original speakers at Gary McHale’s inaugural March for Freedom on Oct 15/06, and so it is very fitting that he should take part in announcing this, the next stage towards resolution now that Christie Blatchford has finally recorded the ugly, undeniable history of Caledonia’s victims: the encouragement of those responsible to apologize so both Caledonia and Six Nations can begin a meaningful healing and reconciliation process that is based on truth, justice and respect for all human beings.

His devastatingly concise ‘Haldimand Proclamation for Peace, Order and Good Government‘ of February 11, 2008 surely must rank as one of the most shocking and historically-important documents ever written by a Canadian politician:

Barrett has previously made the Media Studio available to us on three other important occasions:

  • Dec 04/07: Illegal Smokeshacks (Doug Fleming’s campaign vs. Illegal smokes and violence by 6N vs. non-natives, Dec 01/07)
  • March 14/07: The Ipperwash Papers (release of 400 pages of docs proving Inquiry did not study violence vs. Ipperwash residents)
  • April 17/07: FantinoGate (OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino threatens Haldimand Council via email)

PC Leader Tim Hudak – a voice of reason when it counted

We should also note that, at a time when Ontario government ministers, including the Premier, were urging people not to march with Gary McHale in 2006 because they would be putting their lives “in danger,” current PC Leader Tim Hudak was the only voice of reason:

“…Conservative Tim Hudak said the government is ignoring the situation and needs to end the ongoing occupation. The rally shows town residents have had enough, he said. “People are not only angry, they’re damn angry,” Hudak said. “It’s an incredible double standard. On the one hand, the premier is against this rally but it’s carte blanche for the occupiers on the occupied site.” The province shouldn’t continue negotiating with Six Nations as long as the protesters remain on the site, Hudak said. “There is no reason for that occupation to continue,” he said.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Representative from International Free Press Society to speak in Caledonia

International Free Press Society logoWe are pleased to announce that Mary Lou Ambrogio, Vice President of the Canadian chapter of the International Free Press Society – founded by Lars Hedegaard of Denmark to act as advocates for those whose freedom of expression is under attack – will be a guest speaker at our Truth & Reconciliation Rally on Feb 27th.

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Political interference with Caledonia policing by Ontario government

UPDATED Feb 19/11

1. ‘MISFEASANCE OF PUBLIC OFFICE’

A. Key Negotiation Documents

  • Key Negotiation Documents, 2006: [PDF, 43p, 29.5MB] Includes May 02/06 Six Nations website screen capture showing demands that gov’t intervene to drop criminal charges & promise not to call in Cdn Forces. On May 03/06 former Minister of Community Safety & Correctional Services Monte Kwinter sent a letter to Six Nations informing them he had notified his federal counterpart that he was NOT calling in the military to protect Caledonia from native militants. Also includes documents related to land transfers and other offers to 6N during the attempts to stop the occupation. Etc.
  • Monte Kwinter (Minister, Community Safety & Correctional Services) letter to Six Nations, May 03/06: Cdn Forces will not be called in to protect Caledonia from native protesters [PDF, 1p] 

B. Allegations by Caledonia Class Action (certifed 2010, awaiting trial)

  • Caledonia Class Action, Superior Court, Feb 08/10: Certification Order w/Schedule 1 – ‘Fresh As Amended Statement of Claim’ [PDF, 61p]  
  • Caledonia Class Action: Causes of Action chart [PDF (from Supplementary Factum, Oct 08/09, p17, clause 37)]
  • Caledonia Class Action website: http://www.caledoniaclassaction.com/

Excerpts from Caledonia Class Action ‘Fresh As Amended Statement of Claim’
(Schedule 1 to Certification Order, Feb 08/10 [PDF, 61p])

[p41, clauses 73-80, Minister of Transportation]
(Harinder Takhar, Oct 23/06-May 23/06; Donna Cansfield, May 23/06-Oct 30/06)

Nuisance and Misfeasance of Public Office by Ministers of the Province of Ontario

78. The Minister of Transportation knew that allowing the OPP to block Highway 6 and allowing the protestors to occupy Highway 6 was in violation of his statutory obligations under the Public Transportation and Highway Improvement Act.

[p42, paras 81-86 re Minister of Aboriginal Affairs]
(David Ramsay, June 29/05-Oct 30/07)

81. The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, David Ramsay, in an agreement with the Haudenosaunee Six Nations Confederacy Council, made on or about April 21, 2006, agreed not to proceed any further with any criminal charges arising from the intervention by the OPP on April 20, 2006.

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