The Ipperwash Papers

2inch_voc_logo-url.jpgcwuc_crest.gifOn Wednesday, March 14, 2007 we (Gary McHale, Mary-Lou LaPratte, and I) held a news conference in the Media Studio at Queen’s Park to release ‘The Ipperwash Papers,’ a collection of over 400 pages of documents that reveal the suffering of innocent Ipperwash residents at the hands of native criminals, and by Department of National Defence and OPP Two Tier Justice policies during 3 separate land claims, how the Ipperwash Inquiry completely excluded their testimony, and why the Ipperwash Inquiry can NEVER provide any credible recommendations designed to prevent future Landclaim Terror. 

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4 responses to “The Ipperwash Papers

  1. Jeff Parkinson

    This is seriously powerful stuff Mark.

    I’ve had to read all of that report over several times to comprehend it, because it reads like the plot of a horror novel.

    I decided to become involved in the Caledonia “dispute” for many reasons but largely because I thought there was a dangerous precedent being set by the OPP. You have now proven that to be incorrect as the precedent for this unthinkable cowardice on the part of our government, police force, and even our military was set 15 years ago in Ipperwash.

    Reading the Ipperwash papers makes it easy to lose heart and think this is a battle which can not be won, but I’ve realized that also is untrue!

    There is a precedent being set in Caledonia. That being a group of people (which is growing) who will NOT sit idly by and watch this happen. There are people out there who once they learn the truth join this fight, and will not stop until those responsible for the fraud and corruption in this Country which has created a system of lawlessness have been exposed and held accountable!!

    You once called this the first civil rights movement of the 21st century. That statement rings more true now than ever before, and if you look at every successful civil rights movement, they all have one thing in common. They always start with a small group of dedicated people fighting impossible odds and prevailing.

    I am confident that with the leadership of Gary McHale and Mark Vandermaas, I will one day again be able to be truly proud to be Canadian!

    You have often left us with words of wisdom spoken by historic figures which reflect the world we live in today. I believe a man named Winston Chruchill once said something quite fitting.

    ” The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is ”


    VoC REPLY: Hi Jeff. I could read Winston Churchill quotes all day, so thanks for this one – I’ve never heard it before, and I LIKE IT! Thank you for your steadfast support. It is people like you who give up the time to show up and support a worthy cause that really make all the difference.

    The Ipperwash Papers is, as you say, very powerful stuff. I could hardly believe that I was writing the words for my speech, but you know that I don’t say things I don’t mean or can’t prove. It’s all there in black and white. Truth is, Jeff – there’s so much more that hasn’t been told yet. We’re just 3 ordinary citizens without any resources, without any income, without any training in journalism, without any credibility – hopefully, the media will use their resources to build on what we have begun.

    Since you were kind enough to give me some ‘Churchill’ let me leave you with another of my favourite quotes:

    “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, for they live in the gray twilight and know not victory nor defeat.”

    Theodore Roosevelt

    Thanks again for the support, Jeff! Regards, Mark

  2. It is rare that someone comes along that is prepared to put their lives on hold for people they don’t know. You have done that with your work on Caledonia and Ipperwash.

    It will be important to see when the Ipperwash Inquiry report comes out how the media will react with this explosive information in hand.

    The McGuinty Government must be very nervous about the Ipperwash Inquiry report in light of the volumes of information provided by VoiceofCanada and CaldedoniaWakeupCall on Wednesday.

    I have read through the material and the similarities of what is happening and what has happened in Ipperwash is quite frightening.

    Don’t stop your good work.

    VoC REPLY: Thanks for the vote of confidence, Lisa, but the true credit belongs to the people you can’t see who opened their homes to us, put in the long hours to help us scan the documents and build the website, people who fed us, gave us a bed to sleep in and kept us going when things got tough. Brave women like you who had the guts to speak the truth to your fellow Caledonians and felt the sting of disgusting insults from the DCE Landclaim Terror deniers.

    As for our Premier and those responsible for excluding the Ipperwash Landclaim Terror victims from the Ipperwash Inquiry – I wouldn’t want to be them right now.

    Nothing will stop ‘the work’ until a 14 year old Dancer on Sixth Line feels safe in her home. When that happens, THEN I’ll stop to celebrate – just for a little while. Commissioner Fantino – you get the police cars going down Sixth Line – NOW.

    Thanks for writing, Lisa. Mark

  3. wordy canadian

    Seems almost incredible how fragile the peace is.

    VoC REPLY: It is indeed. It is indeed. Especially when you speak to people who had to live through it. Thanks for writing. Mark

  4. Jim Anderson

    Hi Mark:

    It is amazing the parallels between what happened in Ipperwash and what is now happening to Caledonia.

    Reading the volumes of information you and Gary have made available just hardens the resolve I feel towards demanding the Government address this two tiered system and special treatment for obvious criminals just because they are Native.
    You have exposed the absurdity of this system of justice and the dealing with Native terrorists leniently by our Governments and Police forces in the interest of being politically correct.

    It is most unfortunate that our governments have through their actions/inactions instilled the belief in some Native’s minds that they are above the Law and cannot be held accountable for their actions and criminal acts.

    I am glad that not all Natives have adopted this attitude and some are finally starting to speak out against these terrorists acts by members of their community.

    I would like to again thank you and Gary for your relentless work against all of the injustices against the innocent victims of both Ipperwash and Caledonia.

    You have both face a rocky road being branded as outsiders and maligned by the police, the government and amazingly even by the very people you have so tirelessly tried to help.

    Don’t give up the fight and keep up the good work.

    Thank you for trying to make a difference and speaking out.

    Jim Anderson

    VoC REPLY: Hi Jim. The sickening reality is that Caledonia is in exactly the same position that Ipperwash was two years before Dudley George was killed. I have seen many facets to the Ipperwash/Caledonia comparison and the ONLY differences between the two is – and I’m sorry to have to say this – that no one has been killed yet. One can argue that the involvement of DND is different but it really isn’t because they didn’t enforce the law either. Dudley George may have been killed by an OPP bullet, but it was Two Tier Justice that loaded the rifle.

    If our work has hardened your resolve to take back your province from evil and this insane, politically-correct policing experiment that is destroying our democracy, then it was well worth the effort, and that is the ultimate compliment.

    It is nice to know that native people of good will are coming to understand that Two Tier Justice is quite simply the ultimate expression of racism, and that Landclaim Terror is an evil that destroys the communities that support it. Once we make our politicians and police realize this, only then can we confront this hateful agenda head on with the help of honourable native people across Canada.

    As for the ‘rocky road’ we still have some stones to stumble over yet – there’s a young woman on Sixth Line who doesn’t feel safe in her home because Julian Fantino has subordinated his authority to organized criminals, and that cannot be allowed to continue.

    There have been some low times, and we wish that we had 10,000 people out at the March for Freedom events, but I feel exactly the same as Gary; he once told me that he would have gone to Caledonia even if no one wanted him there – because it was the right thing to do. Most people in Caledonia have no idea what a gift they were given in the form of the imperfect Mr. McHale – a man who cannot be bought off or intimidated or discouraged by the forces that would destroy the foundations of our democracy, a man driven by an insatiable need for justice and truth. His strength and determination in the face of adversity is nothing short of astounding to me. How many people do you know like that?

    We have no intention of giving up this fight. It will be won with the help of good, NO – great people like you. Failure is not an option.

    Thanks for writing, Jim. Mark