UPDATED 1250 EST Aug 20/07: failure of OPP to inform/warn public.
In OPP Two Tier Justice policies victimize native people I outlined evidence to support my belief that the race-based policing policies designed by the OPP to favour native lawbreakers are actually responsible for victimizing native people in both Ipperwash and Caledonia in addition to the traumatic impact on non-native residents.
Two rapes and “other unseemly acts” on Douglas Creek Estates in Caledonia
Since my article appeared, it has come to light that at least two rapes have occurred on the native-occupied Douglas Creek Estates, rapes made possible by the OPP/McGuinty ‘hands off’ approach that has created a lawless ‘homefree zone’ similar to the one still in existence at the former Army Camp in Ipperwash.
On Aug 15/07, the Tekawennake News reported that elected Six Nations Band Chief David General stated his opinion that the seized DCE lands are not sacred because two rapes and “other unseemly acts” had occurred there.
To the best of my knowledge, the OPP have not issued any news releases or warnings regarding these rapes or the dangers posed by criminals on DCE. This is consistent with their unwritten official policy of downplaying crime related to native occupations. See Audio recordings reveal OPP hid DCE dangers from public for more info.
I should remind readers that, in sharp contrast to their silence about native crime on DCE, the OPP have issued numerous public statements in the past that defamed law-abiding protesters opposed to their race-based policing policies.
Rampant native-on-native violence
In my original article I quoted from a Turtle Island News article detailing violence and drug use by uncontrollable youth who had taken over the Douglas Creek Estates occupation site in Caledonia. The violence and intimidation was so bad that some of the original native occupiers of the site refused to return!
On June 10/07, in our townhall presentation at the Caledonia Lions Hall, I outlined even more evidence of native victimization in Canada at the Crossroads: The Ipperwash Legacy…
1. How children were deliberately used to assault Camp Ipperwash on July 29/95.
“Harley George, a fifteen-year-old boy, was instructed to drive the yellow school bus into the barracks with children as passengers. The bus belonged to Warren George, Harley’s father.”
“They ranged in age from eleven to sixteen years, with the exception of one person who was in his twenties.”
“Harley turned the bus around, ‘backed it through the gate,” breaking the chain lock. The children heard glass…smash and fall to the floor of the bus.
“Harley George “pulled up to the door [of the Drill Hall] and began to push it in with the bus.”
“Harley…backed the bus into the jeep pushing it for about forty to forty-five feet. The bus hit the military vehicle with a fair amount of force. Harley pushed the jeep because he “didn’t want to be contained by that vehicle” and “didn’t want to talk” to the military officers.”
Ipperwash Inquiry, Volume 1, Investigations and Findings, Chapter 7: ‘Occupation of the Army Barracks, “the Built-up Area,” see pages 130-132
2. My belief that Dudley George was killed due to OPP/DND unwillingness to enforce the law in years prior to his death.
3. Threats against native elders Clifford George, Rose Manning & Nellie Rogers who were among the original Ipperwash occupiers…
“Stoney Point elders Clifford George, Rose Manning and Nellie Rogers said…they’ve been harassed and intimidated into leaving the former Camp Ipperwash by a small band of younger natives who think they’re in charge fo the place.”
“They threatened us with guns and said I had to leave.” She described the former camp as a “lawless land.”
(I can’t help but be sadly amused at the ironic chutzpah of people who participated in a violent takeover of Camp Ipperwash later complaining how the former camp became “lawless.”)
4. Crime on Douglas Creek Estates, original occupiers afraid of youths in charge.
5. Native man had hole blown through his arm in AK-47 shooting that began on DCE.
6. Intimidation of Turtle Island News reporter, Linda Powless.
DCE rapists enabled by OPP “best practices” endorsed by McGuinty Inquiry
The McGuinty Liberal Ipperwash Inquiry report whole-heartedly endorsed the failed, race-based OPP policies in Caledonia as “best practices.”
“The OPP’s ‘Framework for Police Preparedness for Aboriginal Critical Incidents’ is one element of a comprehensive OPP strategy to improve the policing of Aboriginal occupations and protests. It is an operational policy, intended to guide incident commanders and officers before, during, and after such incidents. The OPP has been applying the Framework at Caledonia. I consider the Framework and related programs to be best practices.”
Ipperwash Inquiry, Volume 4, Executive Summary, Policy Analysis, Volume 2 – Executive Summary (Preventing future violence), p87-88
Well, Mr. McGuinty, Mr. Fantino, in addition to traumatizing innocent residents in Caledonia for more than a year, your ‘best practices’ have led to a repeat of the out-of-control violence and lawlessness against native people seen in Ipperwash.
Congratulations gentlemen. Your ‘best practices’ and your Ipperwash cover-up are now enabling rapists. I hope you’re both very proud of yourselves. When will you grasp the reality that rapists and other violent criminals are as much a threat to natives as they are to non-natives? When will you get it through your head that these lowlifes DO NOT speak for honourable native people? How many more victims will it take, huh Dalton? Eh Julian?
Mark Vandermaas, Editor
- Turtle Island News, Aug 15/07: Band Council and citizens clash (Quotes Chief David General re rapes on DCE)
- VoiceofCanada, May 26/07: OPP Two Tier Justice policies victimize native people
- VoiceofCanada, May 17/07: Audio recordings reveal OPP hid DCE dangers from public
- VoiceofCanada, Aug 17/07: The IpperDonia Matrix: History Repeated
- VoiceofCanada feature: The Ipperwash Papers
- VoiceofCanada, June 06/07: Canada at the crossroads: Rule of law or anarchy?