Category Archives: Native Protests – Brantford

Haldimand Tract land claim myth should provide sober second thought re aboriginal sovereignty negotiations with anarchist proxies

Sam Gualtieri after Sept 13/07 attack by native protestersSince sending my notes about last Sunday’s Truth & Reconciliation Rally (Feb 27/11) to Natasha at who did an outstanding job in getting them up when I was so pressed for time, a great thing happened after she posted Sunday’s notes under the title, ‘Caledonia: The front line struggle against the anti-capitalist, anarchist, Marxist agenda‘ (link below).

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BULLETIN: MPPs Barrett & Hillier to join CANACE, Caledonia Victims Project at Queen’s Park news conference

MPP Randy HillierMPP Toby BarrettCo-founders of Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality (CANACE) Gary McHale and Caledonia resident Merlyn Kinrade, and Caledonia Victims Project founder Mark Vandermaas will be joined by Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett and fellow MPP Randy Hillier (Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox) at a news conference in the Queen’s Park Media Studio tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 pm.

The purpose of the event is to provide journalists with information about our upcoming ‘Truth and Reconciliation Rally’ which will be held this coming Sunday, Feb 27th at 1pm. (link to news release below)

We are very pleased that Mr. Barrett and Mr. Hillier have agreed to participate in this news conference to show their support in furthering the cause of healing for Caledonia and Six Nations residents. 

MPP Toby Barrett – there from the beginning

march_for_freedom_oct15-06-011.jpgmarch_for_freedom_oct15-06-008.jpgMr. Barrett was one of the original speakers at Gary McHale’s inaugural March for Freedom on Oct 15/06, and so it is very fitting that he should take part in announcing this, the next stage towards resolution now that Christie Blatchford has finally recorded the ugly, undeniable history of Caledonia’s victims: the encouragement of those responsible to apologize so both Caledonia and Six Nations can begin a meaningful healing and reconciliation process that is based on truth, justice and respect for all human beings.

His devastatingly concise ‘Haldimand Proclamation for Peace, Order and Good Government‘ of February 11, 2008 surely must rank as one of the most shocking and historically-important documents ever written by a Canadian politician:

Barrett has previously made the Media Studio available to us on three other important occasions: 

  • Dec 04/07: Illegal Smokeshacks (Doug Fleming’s campaign vs. Illegal smokes and violence by 6N vs. non-natives, Dec 01/07) 
  • March 14/07: The Ipperwash Papers (release of 400 pages of docs proving Inquiry did not study violence vs. Ipperwash residents)
  • April 17/07: FantinoGate (OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino threatens Haldimand Council via email)

PC Leader Tim Hudak – a voice of reason when it counted

We should also note that, at a time when Ontario government ministers, including the Premier, were urging people not to march with Gary McHale in 2006 because they would be putting their lives “in danger,” current PC Leader Tim Hudak was the only voice of reason: 

“…Conservative Tim Hudak said the government is ignoring the situation and needs to end the ongoing occupation. The rally shows town residents have had enough, he said. “People are not only angry, they’re damn angry,” Hudak said. “It’s an incredible double standard. On the one hand, the premier is against this rally but it’s carte blanche for the occupiers on the occupied site.” The province shouldn’t continue negotiating with Six Nations as long as the protesters remain on the site, Hudak said. “There is no reason for that occupation to continue,” he said.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Representative from International Free Press Society to speak in Caledonia

International Free Press Society logoWe are pleased to announce that Mary Lou Ambrogio, Vice President of the Canadian chapter of the International Free Press Society – founded by Lars Hedegaard of Denmark to act as advocates for those whose freedom of expression is under attack – will be a guest speaker at our Truth & Reconciliation Rally on Feb 27th.

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Judge orders end to Brantford lawlessness and illegal fees by native protesters and Haudenosaunee Development Institute (HDI)

“On the evidence before me I find as a fact that a number of these protests have led to violence, threats and intimidation against workers, protestors wearing masks, barricades being built by the respondents at a work site. […]

“I find as a fact, on the evidence before me, that the economy of this small city is at risk.”

  • Superior Court Justice Harrison Arrell, Nov 18/10

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Anarchist groups & unions assist native militants to undermine rule of law




This is a reprint of the comment I left on Dr. Frances Widdowson’s blog in reply to her excellent article, ‘Caledonia: A glimpse of aboriginal self-government.’  Widdowson is co-author of ‘Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry,’ a finalist for the Donner Book Prize.

The comment deals with several issues, including the role of anarchists and unions in destabilizing Caledonia via support for native extremists.


Dear Ms. Widdowson:

Firstly, thank you so much for your ground-breaking book ‘Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry.’ Thank you also for letting me know about this post and your blog. All bring vital perspectives to the debate about native extremism and racial policing. Thank you also for inviting me to comment. I apologize in advance for the length of my remarks.

Three years ago I gave up my real estate career and exposed myself to bankruptcy, character assassinations, threats, assault and jail (for trying to raise a Canadian flag!) because I am a former soldier and UN peacekeeper who believes that the future of Canada as a peaceful, democratic country is at stake. As the editor of and co-founder of CANACE (Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality), a group whose founders have a combined 20 years experience in opposing the victimization of innocents during land claim disputes in Ipperwash and Caledonia (you can see our ‘resume’ here: I would like to offer some comments regarding:

1. How native people themselves have been victimized by the Aboriginal sovereignty movement;
2. The role anarchist groups & unions have played in promoting native sovereignty and associated criminality;
3. The use of false accusations of racism against those of us who oppose native extremism; and
4. Why Christie Blatchford’s (excellent!) articles are just the tip of the iceberg.

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‘The Strength of a Woman’: Six Nations Councillor Helen Miller


UPDATE – CWUC blog, July 17/09: Six Nations councillor speaks out against lawlessness


A remarkable letter by Six Nations Councillor Helen Miller to the editor of the Brantford Expositor echoes the very message that CANACE founders have been trying to share with the media, the public, the police,  government officials and the people of Six Nations for nearly three years:

The individuals and ad hoc groups who have committed crimes against the people of Haldimand and Brantford do NOT speak for the people of Six Nations, and do NOT have the support of the people of Six Nations.

As for who represents Six Nations let me put it this way: The Mohawk Workers, Women of the Mohawk Nation, the Men’s Fire or individuals like Steven “Boots” Powless or Ruby and Floyd Montour were not elected, appointed or authorized by the people of Six Nations to be their representatives or to speak on their behalf. Nor is the Haudenosaunee Development Institute (HDI) supported by the elected council or the community at large. However, it was authorized by the Confederacy council.

Brantford Expositor, letter to editor, Six Nations Councillor Helen Miller, July 14/09: Only elected council can speak for Six Nations  PDF

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Thanks to Six Nations women for helping to expose racial policing during highway protest


UPDATED 1130 EST June 13/09: See editorial comment by Gary McHale re the contrast between how natives and non-natives are treated during protests – includes copy of warning from OPP to participants in Caledonia Convoy not to break the law.  

Racial Policing? What Racial Policing?

If you happen to be a non-native activist named Gary McHale who merely suggested to a resident that he ask others to help him block the road he already blocked in retaliation for the native who blocked it first, you are charged with ‘Counselling Mischief Not Committed.’

If you’re the native guy named Clyde Powless whose orders resulted in the road being blocked, and who assaulted Gary McHale and OPP officers during the same protest you get a charge of Assault Police dropped and a letter of reference thanks to Julian Fantino, and the Crown later drops the charge of Mischief for blocking the road.

  • VoiceofCanada, May 02/09: McHale hearing: OPP officer confirms existence of racial policing!
  • VoiceofCanada, Jan 03/09: McHale, Caledonia fight Fantino attempt to rewrite history
  • VoiceofCanada, Jan 21/09: EXPOSED: How the McGuinty gov’t refused to investigate criminal allegations against Fantino (see Part 1).
  • If you are a non-native resident of Caledonia named Randy Fleming walking down a street with a Canadian flag you get jumped by OPP officers, roughed up and then charged with Obstructing police.

    If you are a native protester named Ruby Montour occupying the Douglas Creek Estates – stolen from its original owner who was then forced to sell it to McGuinty – you get to instruct the police to make sure Randy Fleming gets arrested for exercising his rights.

    Hey, the Tamils did it…why not us?

    And, if you are a native protester named Ruby Montour who has illegally blockaded construction sites in Haldimand and who has faced Extortion, Intimidation and Mischief charges for same, you get the Extortion and Intimidation charges dropped by the Crown, and you and your 7 other partners in crime get a police escort from both the Hamilton Police Services and the OPP while you block three major highways between Hamilton and Brantford.

    The Six Nations group – about 10 women and two children followed by eight vehicles bearing signs and flags so far – walked onto the southbound Red Hill Valley Parkway shortly after 8 a.m. with half a dozen Hamilton police cruisers, a motorcycle cop and one marked OPP cruiser behind.

    Hamilton Spectator, June 11/09: Native Protesters cause highway chaos REPRINT

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    Let healing begin with Six Nations apology


    UPDATE 0006 EST June 12/09: It seems that the extremists on Six Nations aren’t ready to apologize to the people of Caledonia. See, ‘BULLETIN: Natives build smoke shack on private property,’ and ‘Thanks to Six Nations women for helping to expose racial policing during highway protest.’

    Now that native leaders have begun to acknowledge that victimizing their non-native neighbours is not conducive to the long term interests of native people at large, an apology from Six Nations to the people of Caledonia & Brantford would go a long way to beginning the healing process between the communities.

    Just as the government of Canada apologized for residential schools, so do the representatives of Six Nations need to acknowledge and apologize for the crimes committed by the extremists in their community against innocent non-natives:

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    Book Review: Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry


    Dr. Frances Widdowson’s blog: Offended by Offence

    UPDATE: Gary McHale (Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality) and Mark Vandermaas (VoC editor and founder of Caledonia Victims Project) have been invited to speak at a ‘New Directions in Aboriginal Policy’ forum at Mount Royal University in Calgary on May 05/10 by the author of Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry, Dr. Frances Widdowson. You can see the program and various writings from the speakers here: 

    UPDATE: Author Frances Widdowson cites VoC in ‘Pseudoleftist support for “Mohawk Warriors” in Caledonia, Dec 02/09.

    UPDATE: Frances Widdowson, co-author of ‘Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry‘ comments on Caledonia and the Brown/Chatwell trial in ‘Caledonia: A glimpse of aboriginal self-government,’ Nov 23/09. 

    UPDATE: National Post book review of ‘Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry,’ July 02/09: Peter Foster: The chiefs have no clothes

    UPDATE: Policy Options, March 2002: The Aboriginal Industry’s New Clothes  PDF, by Widdowson & Howard

    UPDATED 1311 EST June 21/09

    Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry: The Deception Behind Indigenous Cultural Preservation

    Frances Widdowson and Albert Howard
    McGill-Queen’s University Press  Format: Trade Paperback
    Published: November 1, 2008
    330 pages
    ISBN – 10:0773534210
    ISBN – 13:9780773534216

    Available at Chapters: $32.99


    A delicious paradox…

    For those seeking to understand the insanity of racial policing and the official tolerance of it by the McGuinty government (and others) ‘Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry: the Deception Behind Indigenous Cultural Preservation‘ tells it exactly like it is without ever talking about Caledonia or Ipperwash. That delicious paradox will be especially appreciated by readers who are familiar with the issues associated with land claim lawlessness in those locales. 

    The book’s importance was recognized early on when it was placed on the Short List as a finalist for the Donner Prize, awarded for the best book on Canadian public policy. The winner will be announced on Thursday, April 20/09.

    Toronto Star article by authors

    The Toronto Star recently carried an article written by the authors that explains why the “self-serving industry” thrives on “the continuation of aboriginal dependency and social deprivation.”

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    CANACE presentation to City of Brantford

    On Sept 29/08 CANACE founders Merlyn Kinrade and Mark Vandermaas presented, ‘Reconciliation: the CANACE Path‘ to the Public Forum Committee of Brantford City Council.

    Full details and copies of documents/evidence provided to Council can be found at ‘CANACE presentation to Brantford Council.’

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    Will T.R.U.E. complain about lack of media coverage on THESE stories?

    The Brantford Expositor today published a lengthy letter to the editor by CANACE Executive Director Gary McHale regarding the attempt by the TRUE (Two Row Through Understanding & Education) group to blame media coverage for the poor image of native extremists in the area.

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    Caledonia – Brantford: Is it time to call in the military?


    Swastika painted on Jim Smith's Caledonia home.

    A reader with native members in his immediate family who has personally suffered at the hands of native lawlessness in Caledonia poses a question that seems to be on a lot of people’s minds after the attacks on Brantford Police and subsequent threats against the city made by Steve Powless when one of his goons was arrested: 

    Should we call in the Canadian Forces?

    “They’re going to have one hell of a fight now,” said Steve Powless, who spoke on behalf of the protesters. “This is going to be Caledonia Part 2. They don’t understand what they’re in for.”

    Is Six Nations going to hire the Mohawk warriors?

    If so learn from Oka, Ipperwash & Caledonia call in the ARMY!!!

    Jim Smith

    VoC REPLY: Hi Jim. I appreciate your sentiments. I think if the police just do their jobs and arrest those committing or encouraging the crimes, the incentive to commit them will disappear. Law abiding native people will also breathe a huge sigh of relief; we’re hearing reports about how embarassed and concerned they are about the sociopaths in their community following the latest attacks on police and threats against Brantford.

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    Fantino & McGuinty should apologize for assaults on Brantford Police officers

    UPDATE 2140 EST July 15/08:

    CD98.9, July 15/08: Six Nations Assault Police  [PDF] – Dwayne Scott Maracle charged with Assault, Resist Arrest, Obstruct Police, Mischief. Police still looking for second man who punched an officer.

    Less than one day after CANACE released three hardhitting editorials criticizing the harebrained plan by Brantford developers and their ‘Haldimand Tract Good Neighbours Coalition’ to sell out the rule of law in Canada, the thugs who were to benefit from the scheme demonstrated, for all to see, the mindnumbing folly of the plan to ask municipalities to pay native extortionists with taxpayers’ money.

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    A reader comments on Haldimand Tract Good Neighbours Coalition appeasement plan

    UPDATED 2123 EST July 14/08

    “An appeaser is someone who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”

    Winston Churchill

    CANACE released three editorials yesterday to aggressively counter an attempt by a coalition of Brantford builders called the Haldimand Tract Good Neighbours Coalition to sell out Canadian justice by urging municipalities to turn over taxpayer’s monies to the Haudenosaunee Development Institute (HDI), an organization that has shut down development sites in Hagersville, Cayuga and Brantford with intimidation and illegal occupations.

    The HDI has been accused of extortion by both MPP Toby Barrett and MPP Bob Runciman:

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    Brantford Expositor:”McHale has accomplished something”

    UPDATED 1255 EST July 13/08

    t-shirt_free-caledonia-now_sep22-07.jpgIn an editorial published today (July 11/08), the Brantford Expositor grudging admitted that Gary McHale, Executive Director of CANACE, is making a difference in pushing the perpetrators of land claim occupations into the court via private prosecutions.

    “When we see McHale has been up to something, we normally reach for an 11-foot pole. However, we admit McHale has accomplished something by laying private charges against Floyd and Ruby Montour.”

    “McHale is filling a vauum. Although the OPP has been investigating, no charges have resulted.”

    “Do the Montours (or anyone else) have the right to shut down development to enforce demands from HDI? It’s time to involve a judge. Of course, the judge would need the wisdom of Solomon. If the charges are upheld, the Montours will say the justice system isn’t fair to natives. If the charges fail, McHale will say the courts are too lenient. All the same, it will be good to clear the air.”

    Brantford Expositor editorial, July 11/08: Private Charges  [PDF]

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    Big win for Brantford and for Canada!

    In ‘Brantford takes a stand for democracy in Canada against native threats,’ VoC commented on how Brantford’s lawyer, Neil Smitheman, warned the court not to give in to Ovide Mercredi’s threats of violence because it would mean the end of democracy in Canada. Thankfully, the judge agreed.


    Yesterday, Justice Taylor granted the injunction sought by the City of Brantford, ordering that there be no more blockades, threats, intimidation, work stoppages.

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