UPDATED May 12/10 — Gary McHale and I have returned from Calgary. The ‘New Directions in Aboriginal Policy’ forum at Mount Royal University was a fabulous success at many levels thanks to great speakers, important networking, the fact that Caledonia’s voice was heard loudly and clearly, and especially because the university stood firm against those trying to infringe on academic freedom.
Mount Royal deserves a huge pat on the back from every professor and student in the country for their determination not to knuckle under to the awful smear campaign mounted to our presence.
Of special note, one attendee (not the organizer) kindly told us afterwards, “I discovered that you’re not the monsters I was led to believe you were.” After the vicious campaign to convince the university we were neo-nazis that alone was worth the trip. I told him, “You just paid for my trip.”
Full details, photos, video and documents available at this post:
- Caledonia Victims Project, May 04/10: 2010 ‘New Directions in Aboriginal Policy’ forum hears Caledonia’s pain…and hope
Mark Vandermaas, Editor