On July 14/10 the Six Nations newspaper Tekawennake printed the first in a two-part op-ed series by Merlyn Kinrade, Gary McHale, Mark Vandermaas, and Doug Fleming entitled, ‘Healing Two Communities.’
- Tekawennake News op-ed series, July 14-21/10: Healing Two Communities [PDF, 7p] (complete series)
Part 1, ‘White Supremacists – Truth or Fiction?,‘ addressed the attempts to falsely paint non-native activists as racist white supremacists. Part 2, ‘What Now?’ appeared in the Teka on July 21/10 and is republished below. It offers specific suggestions for healing the relationship between Caledonia and Six Nations:
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Healing Two Communities: What Now?
[complete series PDF, 7p]
by Doug Fleming, Merlyn Kinrade, Gary McHale and Mark Vandermaas
Ed. note. Between June 24-30, 2009 the Tekawenakke published several stories in our on-going coverage of the Caledonia conflict which might lead some readers to believe that members of the CANACE (Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality) organization, which has advocated on behalf of the residents of Caledonia, includes members or associates with Neo-Nazi, KKK or other white supremacist ties. The Tekawennake wishes to clarify that we have no evidence that Doug Fleming, Merlyn Kinrade, Gary McHale or Mark Vandermaas are associated with or sympathizers of such groups, and offer the following Op-Ed as the first in a two-part series giving them the opportunity to communicate their purpose and agenda in their own words.
From the very beginning we have never believed that those who committed acts of lawlessness in Caledonia represented Six Nations or aboriginal people as a whole. That belief was reinforced by Councillor Helen Miller’s letter of July 14/09 in which she stated that “the majority of Six Nations people who I’ve spoken to are fed up with the protests, fed up with these groups of people and individuals claiming to speak for them and fed up with the smoke shops on Highway 6. So people who fear another Caledonia can put their fears to rest.” This was confirmed when Council voted to revoke the negotiations lead from the Confederacy to go in a ‘new direction.’
So, what now? What will it take to heal the rift between the two communities? Here are some suggestions for the OPP, Ontario government and Six Nations:
Read the rest of this article: An HTML version is available at the link below, or click on the ‘full series’ PDF link above to read both editorials in one document.
- Caledonia Victims Project, July 26/10: Healing Two Communities, Part 2: What Now?
Mark Vandermaas, Editor