Archive for July 13, 2007

Brantford Expositor

The recent national day of protest passed without very much disruption of our comfortable lives here in Canada.The blockage of a few highways and a CN Rail line could have been repeated dozens of times, all across the country. We aboriginals of this land have certainly suffered enough injustice. The history books are full of examples, for those who will open them.

The reason so many of the protests were fairly peaceful may be because of Six Nations’ example in Caledonia.

When Janie Jamieson and Dawn Smith led their young group of Six Nations people to reclaim the former Douglas Creek Estates site in February 2006, they did not take weapons. They only took their knowledge of Six Nations history and the Haldimand Proclamation – and a whole lot of courage.

(Edit: What the??? What news has this guy been watching for the last 18 months? This story REEKS of appeasement minded journalism.. “look at me I’m aborignial friendly!!”)

Read the full story here

By Gary McHale –

Mr. Dave Hartless, a Hamilton Police Officer, who lives next to DCE has demonstrated true courage in the face of our modern society’s penchant for personal gain.

It would be easy for Mr. Hartless not to take a stand and easy for him to turn his back on the injustices that have occurred in Caledonia. He could have decided that his police career was more important than Truth and Justice. He could have decided that obeying orders was more important than his Oath of Office – the same Oath OPP officers take. He could have decided that there is a greater good and stand by while neighbours were victimized.

Dave is a Hero. He would not say this himself and that is also the quality of a Hero.

Mr. Hartless is one of the few people I have meet in my life who sees that Truth, Justice and Equality are more than just words. They are the substance that make Nations Great, the glue that binds people together and what can bring about lasting peace.

Mr. Hartless has had his family attacked, his 3 daughters were targeted, but he will not remain silent. [Link]

The OPP and Governments have learned through Ipperwash how to intimidate and pressure non-Native people to remain silent. They do this because both the OPP and every level of Government refuse to deal with the criminal activities of a small group of Native Protesters.

It is easier for the OPP to arrest peaceful non-Natives trying to raise a Canadian Flag than to arrest armed Native Protesters who have publicly stated there will be bloodshed.

It is easier for Fantino to try to get Hartless fired because Hartless has morals and principles that Fantino cannot possibly understand. Fantino has no problem allowing his officers to violate their Oath of Office, violate the Constitution, violate residents’ Rights & Freedoms and even violate basic human compassion towards others.

When OPP Officers can stand by and watch residents be assaulted, while collecting time and a half, then basic human compassion toward your fellow man has been lost.

In a Democracy the LAST LINE OF DEFENCE against a Police State is for individuals, like Hartless, to take a Stand. When the police and Government know full well that an individual is willing to pay any price for Truth, Justice and Equality then Democracy wins – WE ALL WIN.