- Caledonia Victims Project: About – Mark Vandermaas
Introduction to the Caledonia crisis
It is highly recommended that all Canadians read National Post journalist/award-winning author Christie Blatchford’s 2010 book, Helpless: Caledonia’s Nightmare of Fear and Anarchy, And How The Law Failed Us. Helpless tells the story of Caledonia’s victims, and it includes the story of how Mark Vandermaas and Gary McHale were arrested while attempting to raise a Canadian flag. Ordering info and excerpts published in the National Post can be found here:
- HelplessByBlatchford project: Excerpts
A comprehensive online resource about the Caledonia crisis can be found on this feature page devoted to our March 22/11 presentation at the Library and Archives Canada Building in Ottawa sponsored by the Free Thinking Film Society and the Canadian chapter of the International Free Press Society (the organization that brought Ann Coulter, Geert Wilders, Philippe Karsenty, Bat Ye’or, Lars Vilks and Kurt Westergaard to Canada):
- HelplessByBlatchford project: Caledonia: No More Nightmares
I am pleased to report that, since our March 2011 presentation of Caledonia: No More Nightmares, an historic breakthrough took place in Caledonia on June 19/11 when we were able to place a temporary Apology & Reconciliation monument at the entrance to the Douglas Creek Estates with the cooperation of both the Ontario Provincial Police and the Six Nations occupiers without being arrested or physically assaulted:
- Caledonia Victims Project, June 20/11: Caledonia milestone: DCE occupiers & OPP respect rights of non-natives during Truth & Reconciliation Rally
This breakthrough took 4 arrests and nearly five years of full-time work to achieve.
How we did it:
- VoiceofCanada feature: Lessons from Dr. King
VoiceofCanada, May 26/09: Lessons from Dr. King and the Little Rock Nine
International Free Press Society (Canada), Gary McHale & Mark Vandermaas: Dr. King’s ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’ vs. Denmark’s thought crime prosecutions: a blueprint for victory over appeasement of Islamic extremism
VoiceofCanada feature: THE END OF THE BEGINNING!
Caledonia – advanced reading for journalists & policy researchers
- HelplessByBlatchford project: post-Helpless Reading List
- CANACE diagram, Aug 07/08: Reconciliation: the CANACE Path [PDF]
- Tekawennake News (Six Nations) op-ed series, Gary McHale, Mark Vandermaas, Merlyn Kinrade & Doug Fleming, 2010: Healing Two Communities [PDF, 7p]
- CANACE/Caledonia Victims Project joint recommendations, Feb 06/11: Caledonia – Issues & Recommendations (The Caledonia Act) [PDF, 4p]
- Mark Vandermaas presentation, 2010 New Directions in Aboriginal Policy forum, Mount Royal University, May 05/10: Listening to Victims: A Fresh Approach to Healing and Reconciliation [PDF, 21p, 8.5 MB - be patient]
- Mark Vandermaas presentation, Queen’s Park Media Studio, Truth & Reconciliation’ news conference, Feb 23/11: Healing in The Absence of Justice [PDF]
I am not an unbiased journalist
Although I do my best to be accurate and fair in my stories I make no pretence about being an unbiased, independent journalist. I am an activist engaged in what I believe is a vital struggle to restore the rule of law to my province that is being threatened by native extremists and a racist goverment and police policy of appeasement. I don’t care what ‘reasons’ are offered for their violence and lawlessness; I only care that innocent people – native and non-native are not victimized by failure to enforce the law.
Despite my strong ’bias’ on the side of the rule of law, equality before the law, the belief that all people should be equal before it, and that no group or race has the right to victimize other human beings in pursuance of their grievances, I have been complimented privately by several professional journalists, and cited – along with Gary McHale – by the Ryerson Review of Journalism for providing coverage of Caledonia when other media failed:
- VoiceofCanada, July 23/08: Ryerson Review of Journalism: McHale & Vandermaas important news sources for Caledonia dispute
Thank you for visiting!
Mark Vandermaas, Editor
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- Listening to Victims: A Fresh Approach to Healing and Reconciliation: presented at 2010 ‘New Directions in Aboriginal Policy’ forum, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, May 05/10.
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