Many of you were moved by “The Strength of a Woman’ – 14 year old ‘Dancer,’ the story of a brave young lady who created a heart-wrenching pamphlet called ‘Road of Hope’ to explain why she has to take medication and go to counselling due to the OPP’s refusal to police the road on which she lives – Sixth Line in Caledonia.
Dancer’s family was determined to honour their daughter’s wishes that her story be told, so they met with Gary McHale and I, and gave us permission to videotape Dancer reading ‘Road of Hope.’ Afterwards, we interviewed her in order to clarify some points in her pamphlet. It was a thrill and an honour to meet this amazing young woman and her family, but it was hard listening to her talk about how the OPP have abandoned her and every other kid on the Sixth Line.
Like many of the women involved in the struggle against Two Tier Justice, Dancer inspired us with her determination to help her community – a town where people who live in ‘policed’ areas are afraid to speak out for fear of retaliation. On March 11, 2007 this one brave girl did nothing less than face the fears of an entire neighbourhood and town and – in so doing – invalidate every conceivable excuse her fellow citizens might have for not getting involved in defending their town against evil.
On Wednesday, March 14, 2007 we (Gary McHale, Mary-Lou LaPratte, and I) held a news conference in the Media Studio at Queen’s Park to release ‘The Ipperwash Papers,’ a collection of over 400 pages of documents that reveal the suffering of innocent Ipperwash residents at the hands of native criminals, and by Department of National Defence and OPP Two Tier Justice policies during 3 separate land claims, how the Ipperwash Inquiry completely excluded their testimony, and why the Ipperwash Inquiry can NEVER provide any credible recommendations designed to prevent future Landclaim Terror.
UPDATE: Caledonia Victims Project, April 13/10: Caledonia’s youngest hero: 14 year old Pam ‘Dancer’ Dudych
UPDATE 1442 EST March 16/07: Video of ‘Dancer’ reading ‘Road of Hope‘ w/short interview following. DIAL-UP
UPDATE 0821 EST March 07/07: The source of ‘Dancer’s’ pamphlet has confirmed that he wants his name used in order to counter sleazy allegations by DCE Landclaim Terror deniers that we somehow fabricated this story.
UPDATE 1500 EST March 06/07: ‘The Strength of a Woman – 14 year old ‘Dancer’ has reached #51 on the Wordpress.com list of ‘Top Posts’ for today. VoiceofCanada has reached #89 on the WordPress.com list of ‘Top Blogs’ (English) out of 742,333 blogs on the WordPress system.
UPDATE 0818 EST March 06/07: Response to ‘Landclaim Terror’ deniers and their latest sleazy allegations: Sorry, but Dancer is real!
This is the second in VoiceofCanada’s “The Strength of a Woman’ articles designed to honour the many women who have both inspired and shamed us with their courage during the struggle against Two Tier Justice in Ontario. The title was inspired by Robin McGraw, wife of TV’s Dr. Phil – see ‘The Strength of a Woman’ – Lisa Parent.
At the March for Freedom event held March 03/07 to support Dave Hartless, someone gave Gary and me a pamphlet created by a 14 year-old girl who lives on the Sixth Line in Caledonia Ontario where the OPP refuse to provide policing services because of a native land claim. She asked us to put it on our websites. It is called, “Road of Hope: Help the 6th Line!” and it is heartbreaking.
This post had its origins in a comment that Lisa Parent (The Strength of a Woman – Lisa Parent) posted in reply to “Fantino muzzles victim of Caledonia violence.” I knew it deserved a post of its own when I got chills down my spine while reading it!
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When I get the chance, I enjoy watching the Dr. Phil show on television. During a recent episode his wife, Robin McGraw, talked about a childhood incident during which her mother stood at the door of the family’s home and refused to let men in their house who had come to collect all the furniture – including the children’s beds – as payment for one of her father’s gambling debts. She said her mother’s determination to protect them that night taught her a valuable lesson about the strength of a woman.
Robin’s observation struck a strong chord with me as I have thought for some time now about writing a post or series of posts to honour the courageous women I have met or observed or corresponded with during the struggle to restore the Rule of Law and Equal Justice in Ontario. I do not believe that it is a coincidence that the two most powerful and moving speakers at the original March for Freedom back on October 15, 2006 were women.