When Gary McHale and I spoke last Sunday (Jan 14/07) at the Caledonia Lions Hall to explain why we got involved and to provide an update on the progress made to date via the March for Freedom events, a resident who said he supported our efforts “100%” wanted to know if there was any reason why his native neighbours didn’t join us in our fight against Two Tier Justice.
I can’t remember if the question was directed at Gary or the native people standing on the side, but he made it very clear that he missed his native friends very much and he wanted them back in his life – but not at the cost of tolerating lawlessness.
I tried to answer his question by talking about an Iroquois man named Terry Jamieson Jr. who wrote in to let me know about the anger and pain native people feel. You might want to take a few minutes to read, “Mediation & negotiation with natives? Yes. With sociopaths? No.” My discussion with Terry didn’t start on what you’d call a positive note, but you’re going to love the ending. Let’s just say we both learned a lot.
I suggested to the crowd that – based on my interaction with Terry – we needed to build some bridges so our native neighbours know we are listening to them and trying to understand and appreciate them. After the meeting was over, I felt a little hope rising in my heart for Caledonia.
That hope grew immensely yesterday when MPP Toby Barrett threw his full support behind Gary McHale and his mission to return the Rule of Law to Ontario. With his stunning announcement, the issue of ‘outsiders’ with a ‘hidden agenda’ coming to ‘provoke violence’ was settled once and for all. Toby made it crystal clear that the problems in his riding aren’t being caused by fellow Canadians coming to defend Caledonians – they’re being caused by criminals who think it’s OK to use violence to get what they want. What’s more, he’s calling on “other leaders in the community to step forward” and shoulder the burden that Gary McHale’s been carrying.
In the spirit of Toby’s wish, VoiceofCanada calls on all people in Ontario – including the honourable peoples of Six Nations, the Mayor of Haldimand and members of the Haldimand County Council – to join your friends and neighbours in Caledonia at 11:30 AM January 20, 2007 in rejecting the use of violence as a means of resolving disputes and to add your voices to our call for the destruction of Two Tier Justice in Ontario.
One voice who plans to to be there is an ex-navy man who heard my ‘speech on the hill‘ before I was arrested on Dec 16/06. [My speech was totally unplanned. A lady beside the pole asked me why I hung the flag upside down, so I felt I had to explain it to the crowd. I was a little more ‘strident’ than I should have been, but the passion comes from the heart, so I hope you’ll forgive me.] Mr. Kinrade realizes that this fight matters to Canada as a nation.
Let us heed Mr. Kinrade’s words and all come together as Canadians to affirm the Rule of Law and equality before that law and do whatever is necessary so that no town in Ontario or Canada will ever have to live through this again…