UPDATE 1415 EST June 12/09: Shawn Brant and his gang have been arrested and the Skyway bridge reopened by OPP and Tyendinaga Police: CP/TorStar, June 12/09: ‘lAt least 12 held after police end bridge blockade‘ REPRINT
UPDATE 1404 EST June 12/09: See ‘Thanks to Six Nations women for helping to expose racial policing during highway protest.’ Another PR disaster for native protesters.
In my last post, ‘Gov’t source: Caledonia the only grass-roots resistance to native extremism in Canada,’ I revealed that government officials have informed us that they see the Caledonia protests by non-natives as the key grass-roots opposition to native extremism in Canada. According to this contact the Caledonia movement is especially important because we have been able to gather evidence and effectively expose the truth to the public.
Native leaders now concerned about public opinion
My key point of the story was that people in positions of authority are watching the Caledonia resistance with a hopeful eye. Now, we have clear evidence that native leaders themselves have realized that public and government opinions are turning against them, and that they ignore it at their peril.
DESERONTO, Ont. — A small group of protesters who continued to block a bridge today between Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and Prince Edward County are undercutting efforts to end the dispute, aboriginal leaders say.
Protesters barricaded the Skyway Bridge, which spans the Bay of Quinte, in support of the Akwesasne Mohawks’ dispute over the arming of border guards in Cornwall.
The Tyendinaga protest, which started Sunday at about 6 p.m., came only days after the head of the Akwesasne Mohawks asked First Nations communities across Canada to lobby politicians in support instead of launching blockades or similar protests.
The Akwesasne council sent an email last Friday to reserves across Canada saying they could lose support from the public and politicians if there are disruptive demonstrations.
“A large part of the reason we are not asking others to blockade or cause harm in our name is because we currently hold a lot of sympathy from our surrounding neighbours and some of the Canadian government leadership,” Grand Chief Tim Thompson’s assistant, Karla Ransom, wrote in the email. “If there are random outbreaks of violence, it would detract from our message of a peaceful solution.”
Hamilton Spectator, June 08/09: Aboriginal leaders condemn protest that shut bridge REPRINT
What is even more remarkable are the condemnations for Shawn Brant and his gang of thugs…
Slap in the face for terrorist leader Shawn Brant
Not only are native leaders calling for peaceful support they are, for the first time ever, openly rebuking those who commit criminal acts in support of the Akwasasne Mohawks:
Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte Chief R. Donald Maracle said his band council doesn’t condone the actions of the protesters. It’s not our place or Shawn Brant’s to hijack their agenda,” Maracle said.
For more info on Brant’s ‘hijacking’ see Jeff Parkinson’s article:
- CaledoniaWakeUpCall blog: Shawn Brant leads another occupation
Shawn Brant is a lowlife thug, criminal, self-deluded demagogue who advocates violence and terrorism even if it means the death of the very people he professes to care about
According to Shawn Brant, the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) paid him as he travelled to various reserves to encourage terrorist acts against Canadians, and native people to die for political propaganda:
“I don’t give a rat’s ass if we create victims.”
“Not until every home has suffered like we have suffered will I stop.”
“We will take whatever action is necessary to bring this government to its knees.”
“Even if this year we get shot dead and we’re laying on highways and railways all over this country our kids will benefit from that.”
- CaledoniaWakeUpCall movie, June 06/07: Canada at the Crossroads – about the terrorist threats from Mohawk Warrior leader, Shawn Brant. NOTE: 1.5 hours of raw footage used to produce this film have been supplied to CSIS by CWUC. DIAL-UP (watch for the OCAP flag)
- CaledoniaWakeUpCall feature: Shawn Brant & the direct terrorist threat to Canada
- McHale letter to federal Minister of Public Safety, June 08/07: Shawn Brant violates Canada’s Anti-Terrorism Act
The media aren’t buying Brant’s ‘heroic warrior’ BS anymore either
It’s gone beyond the point of frustration and annoyance here with Brant’s antics. He’s now hurting his own community members in their own homes and we’re wondering how long his own people have to endure his quixotic antics that never seem to achieve anything but to further denigrate and harm relations between native and non-native communities here.
One bright spot, though. Surely Brant has violated any number of release conditions from his last go-rounds in court, so we can count on seeing him off to the slammer again some time really soon for another spell behind bars.
That may mean a quiet summer. We and the people of Tyendinaga can only hope.
It’s become clear that a small band of malcontents, with minimal support from fringe anarchist and professional protest groups from around the province, have outplayed their protest card and this protest may well be the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back.
Brant got his confrontation — a couple of protesters were injured in scuffles with police, an officer slightly injured and Brant himself got, too, his place back in a jail cell where he’ll further build his status as a martyr for the cause.
Trouble is, the protest did nothing but further alienate any sympathy or dialogue on the legitimate concerns of native people as the protesters have come to simply feed off their stunts for the seeming thrill of it all and the notoriety it gets them.
All it did was serve to again underscore the need for police to take off the kid gloves when confronted with a barricade or blockage of a rail line or highway.
In future, we would hope Brant and his crew are met with swift police intervention to head off further protests.
It’s the summer in Quinte and that, unfortunately, has come to mean protest season for this small band of rabble rousers who, as has been shown, has dwindling support from the people they supposedly represent.
It’s only a matter of time before large numbers of Tyendianaga [sic] residents — those who don’t actually live in fear of some of the more violent elements of this protest rabble — rise up and begin confronting the protesters to tell them to their faces they don’t represent the wishes of the vast majority of people on the Tyendinaga Territory.
A big turnaround for the Intelligencer!
With few exceptions the media has refused to take a clear stand against landclaim lawlessness or racial policing, so the strong Intelligencer position is important – especially given how they once endorsed an outrageous move to stifle debate about the Deseronto lawlessness.
Way back on June 07/07, the paper ran an editorial applauding Deseronto town council and the Royal Canadian Legion for refusing to rent rooms to us so we and some Caledonia residents could inform people there about the realities of Two Tier Justice. I exposed the irony of that editorial in a VoC piece called, ‘Feeding the Crocodiles in Deseronto.’
Nice to see the Intelligencer is now endorsing the very position we have been advocating for the past 2.5 years. (In fairness, reporter Samantha Craggs was very fair to us in her story about Deseronto’s undemocratic stance towards us.)
Native extremists have lost the PR battle
For the nearly three years we have been working to gather evidence about the dangers of landclaim lawlessness and expose it to the public and government sources, we have have been opposed by those who have supported the use of violence by native groups against innocent third parties.
We have been called racists and white supremacists simply for insisting that all human beings should be equal before the law, and no group had the right to victimize other people to get what they want. Now, it seems, native leaders have realized the truth – that victimizing their innocent neighbours, however satisfying it may be to the small group of sociopathic extremists in their midst, is not conducive to the long term well being of native peoples at large. Hallelujah!
It has been a tough struggle, and this is only the beginning, but I for one have been waiting for this day for a long time.
I think it would be fair to say that this happy development has at least something to do with the sustained campaign for truth and justice by Canadians from inside and outside Caledonia.
Insofar as CANACE is concerned, our sources inside the federal government once told us that “the bureaucrats were running for cover’ after they distributed 20 copies of several CANACE reports within Ottawa circles last year after meeting with us.
- VoiceofCanada feature: Legalized MYTHS of Illegal Occupations (page has links to all CANACE reports)
The publishing of the groundbreaking Donner Book Prize finalist, ‘Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry‘ has also helped although it was only published in November 2008. While it does not document the victimization of non-natives during land claims, it exposes the politically correct racism that is at the root of Caledonia’s misery.
The instructions by the Akwasasne Band Council that other reserves not commit illegal acts in support of the Mohawks’ seizure of an international border crossing may sound bizarre given that Mohawk Warrior threats are responsible for causing Canada to abandon the post, but it does signify that native leaders have realized (likely with the help of federal negotiators behind the scenes) that ordinary Canadians are rising up to aggressively confront the violence and criminality of native groups by attacking the most valuable asset they have – public and government good will.
He was right – about everything
I would be remiss if I did not say this: Gary McHale was right. He was right about the dangers of native extremism and state tolerance of it. He was right about targetting the police and government. He was right to tell us this would be a long struggle. He was right about using the media. He was right about using the courts to prosecute native protesters. He was right about using the courts to prosecute and expose police – even though it meant turning down a plea deal to the politically-motivated charge against him. He was right to follow the non-violent methods of Dr. King. He was right to believe that public opinion could be a weapon and that he could help shape it. He was right – about everything.
When will Six Nations apologize?
When other native leaders take up the call against landclaim lawlessness, Canada will truly be on the road to healing the rift between natives and non. Just as the government of Canada apologized for residential schools, I urge the leaders of Six Nations to apologize for the crimes committed against the people of Haldimand by the extremists in their community. The people of Stony Point also should urge their leaders to apologize to the non-native victims of Ipperwash as well.
Then, and only then, can true healing and reconciliation begin, and we can put aside our ‘activist’ work clothes and return to our lives. What a happy day that will be!
- Belleville Intelligencer editoria, June 13/09l: Six Days too long to end protest no one wanted. REPRINT.
- CP/TorStar, June 12/09: At least 12 held after police end bridge blockade REPRINT
- Belleville Intelligencer editorial, June 10/09: Brant hurting innocent people with blockade REPRINT
- VoiceofCanada, June 05/09: Gov’t source: Caledonia the only grass-roots resistance to native extremism in Canada
- VoiceofCanada, June 06/07: Canada at the crossroads: Rule of law or anarchy?