Six Nations Land Reclamation 5th Anniverary ~ Protest Anti-Native Rally
On February 27th, 2011, at the fifth anniversary of the Six Nations land reclamation of Douglas Creek Estates, Gary McHale, anti-Native activist and executive director of Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality (CANACE), has announced his intention to hold a “Truth and Reconciliation Rally” in Caledonia, Ontario.
In 2006 people of Six Nations of the Grand River Territory reclaimed land in “dispute” for more than 150 years in order to stop development of a Caledonia subdivision on stolen land. In reaction to the reclamation, Gary McHale and his followers set about a political movement to end what they call “native lawlessness,” “land claim terrorism,” and “race-based policing”. CANACE has bolstered continued support for their propaganda against “reverse racism” and “two-tiered justice” that, according to them, victimizes the mainly white residents of Caledonia and Canadians more broadly. Following the patters of white backlash movements since the gains of the 1960s civil rights movement, CANACE misappropriates the language of civil and human rights, and readily proclaims its work to be part of Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy.
In 2009 leaders of CANACE played leading roles in trying to establish the “Caledonia Militia” and on March 21st, 2010 they called an “anti-racist” rally on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to bring attention to the “race-based policing” that discriminates against white people. See: http://voiceofcanada.wordpress.com/2010/03/02/join-merlyn-kinrades-anti-racism-rally-in-caledonia-on-march-2110/
Anti-racist and Six Nations solidarity activists organized to denounce the escalation of racism and colonial violence on both occasions.
NowGary McHale and his followers are attempting to appropriate the language of “Truth and Reconciliation.” CANACE is demanding that an official apology be issued to the people of Caledonia from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Ontario government, and Six Nations peoples. CANACE has also announced it intends to erect an “apology monument” on Kanonhstaton (Six Nations reclaimed land). In their press release for the event they demand a similar apology from the government as that given to the First People of this land in relation to the unconscionable atrocities of the residential school system.
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We must stand united against this outrageous attempt to compare the hardships experienced by Caledonia residents to various genocidal and racist projects of assimilation, expulsion and extermination. We must uphold the political, historical and emotional significance of apologies issued by the Canadian Government to people wronged by the state and society. The First Nations Solidarity Working Group as a part of the Six Nations Solidarity Network calls on all anti-racist activists and supporters of Indigenous struggles to send a clear message to anti-Native activists: attempts to erase the ongoing theft of Indigenous land and continuing crimes of the Canadian government against Indigenous people and nations of this land through the spectre of white victimization will not be tolerated! The protest will be peaceful. We will help to foster dialogue and assert that peace in Caledonia (and all of Turtle Island) can only be achieved with the realization of justice for all, the honouring of treaties, an end to land theft and the recognition of Indigenous sovereignty.
Please join us in gathering outside of the Caledonia Lions Hall at 100 Haddington St, Caledonia starting at 11:30am.
Transportation to the protest will be organized by activists in Toronto, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on transport from Toronto, to endorse the protest, or to reserve a space on the Toronto bus. The bus from Toronto will be leaving at 10 am sharp (from Keele subway station) and should return by 6pm that night at the latest. You must contact us over email to reserve a space on the bus. Please reserve a spot immediately so we can get a sense of how many people require transport. There is a suggested donation to help cover the cost of transport is $10 although no-one will be turned away for lack of funds.
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