Category Archives: ‘Rethinking the Reserve’

‘Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry’ author comments on Caledonia, cites VoC


Frances Widdowson, one of the authors of the ground-breaking book, Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry, has published two articles about Caledonia.

The first takes a look at the issue of native sovereignty in relation to Christie Blatchford’s coverage of the Brown-Chatwell trial. Ms. Widdowson was kind enough to invite me to comment on this article which I did – at some length, and on several topics  one of which was that native people themselves have been victimized by native extremism and racial policing. I also provided some information and evidence regarding the disturbing role of anarchists in supporting Six Nations extremists.

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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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The death of democracy in Canada

UPDATED 1254 EST Sept 26/08

I’m a little swamped right now with the election, but I wanted to draw attention to some stories that show how native extremists are cowing Canadian governments and police forces into submitting to their violence, crime and intimidation.

I fear we are witnessing the beginning of the end for democracy in Canada. Is this why so many Canadians gave their lives in Vimy Ridge, Dieppe, Normandy, Hong Kong, Korea, Afghanistan and peacekeeping missions – so that spineless politicians and police forces could throw away everything they bravely defended by appeasing thugs, sociopaths and criminals just to get past the next election?!?

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Six Nations ex-councillor charged w/theft, fraud, forgery

2inch_voc_logo-url.jpgIn, ‘National Post exposes role of corruption, mismanagement, incompetence in reserve misery‘ I commented on the Post’s great expose’ of the true causes of many of the problems on Canada’s native reserves.

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National Post exposes role of corruption, mismanagement, incompetence in reserve misery


UPDATED 1103 EST Feb 27/08: Six Nations ex-councillor charged with theft, fraud, forgery .

Occasionally, when I talk to people about landclaim lawlessness, their reaction is something like, “Yeah, but look at how we (Canada) treat natives on the reserves. They don’t even have safe drinking water for God’s sake. No wonder they’re angry.”

The latest installment in the National Post’s ‘Rethinking the Reserve’ series entitled, ‘Problems of Governance‘ completely destroys  – once and for all – the myth that it is Canada’s lack of compassion or deliberate misfeasance that has led to the problems on reserves. 

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Lawyer John Findlay blasts Caledonia’s “real interlopers”


UPDATE 1222 EST Feb 03/07: Don’t miss the latest installment in the National Post’s ‘Rethinking the Reserve’ series, ‘Problems of governance‘ in which the myth that Canada is at fault for the misery of natives living on reserves is utterly destroyed, once and for all.

In ‘National Post takes the blinders off MSM,’ Jeff Parkinson and I gave some well-deserved recognition to the Post for taking a strong stand against landclaim lawlessness and political cowardice with their recent editorials and series, Rethinking the Reserve.

Today, we must recognize a true, unsung Caledonia hero for his continual efforts to hold the government accountable for their miserable failures in the face of outrageous aggression by native criminals: lawyer, John Findlay.

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National Post takes the blinders off MSM

UPDATE 2054 EST Feb 01/07: On Jan 30th, the National Post published a full-page, absolute-must-read, op-ed piece entitled ‘Sacrificial lambs at the alter of Ipperwash’ written by Caledonia lawyer John Findlay, who is also the author of the Caledonia Class Action lawsuit. Don’t miss ‘Lawyer John Findlay blasts Caledonia’s “real interlopers.”

t-shirt_free-caledonia-now_sep22-07.jpgjeffparkinson-dec01-07.jpg‘National Post takes the blinders off MSM’ was originally written and published on the blog by fellow civil rights activist and CANACE co-founder, Jeff Parkinson.

Jeff has been laid up for a while due to temporary brain damage caused when an OPP officer threw him to the ground during the attack on Gary McHale in Caledonia on Dec 01/07.

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