Joint Press Release by CANACE and Caledonia Victims Project – Jan 28, 2011
Truth and Reconciliation Rally in Caledonia
on Sunday Feb 27 at 1 p.m., Caledonia Lions Hall Park
CANACE, founded by Gary McHale, and the Caledonia Victims Project, founded by Mark Vandermaas, are holding a Truth and Reconciliation Rally in Caledonia as part of their on-going efforts to bring about lasting peace, mutual respect and the restoration of the Rule of Law.
All who have read Christie Blatchford’s book Helpless are aware of the victimization of Haldimand residents by a small minority of Native extremists and by the OPP who used systemic racial policing practices to target law abiding citizens instead of upholding the law against those who chose criminal behaviour instead of peaceful protest and courts.
It has now been three months since Helpless was published, yet the OPP, the Ontario government and Six Nations steadfastly refuse to acknowledge or discuss – let alone apologize for – their responsibility in victimizing innocents who included Native people as well as non-Native. It is truly sadening that while the residents of Haldimand County desire to move forward and put the past behind them those responsible for tearing their community apart refuse to aid in that process.
It has always been our goal to help bring about healing through a realistic process based on honesty, justice and respect for all human beings. As early as September 29, 2008, Mark Vandermaas and Merlyn Kinrade (representing CANACE) appeared before Brantford Council to explain the vision we called ‘Reconciliation: the CANACE Path.’ Council was provided a visual representation in the form of a simple but illustrative step diagram by the same name [LINK] which was also included in Vandermaas’ 2010 presentation at Mount Royal University entitled ‘Listening to Victims: A Fresh Approach to Healing and Reconciliation.’ [LINK]