Video: The final CANACE flag raising

Posted: July 16, 2009 in Caledonia, CANACE, DCE, Headlines, Jeff's Blogs, OPP, Video

UPDATED December 3, 2010 with higher quality video’s and substantial added commentary. My thanks to the many who brought the playback problems with DailyMotion to my attention. All video’s have been remastered and moved to YouTube in much higher quality.

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July 16, 2009

The following exclusive video’s are best viewed full screen at 420p and may take some time to buffer depending on your connection.

As CANACE and Caledonia residents gear up for the final flag raising on Argyle Street in Caledonia, uncertainty about what the OPP will do gives way to a request from the OPP for us to ask permission from the Native occupiers on DCE to hang our flag on public property. Mark Vandermaas wastes no time putting this idea where it belongs and an interesting discussion ensues between Mark and Sgt. Michaud of the OPP.

As the flag the OPP spent nearly $1 Million to stop finally goes up, a look back at some of the history of this event. We’ve marched through the streets, seen multiple arrests, went to Fantino’s home, and finally placed a Canadian flag on the forbidden hydro pole across from the DCE.

If the embedded version does not play, Click here to watch it on Youtube.

It was a wild, years long ride trying to hang a Canadian flag on a Canadian hydro pole, and it’s blatantly obvious to everyone involved that the OPP never had any lawful reason to stop us let alone arrest 4 people, but so long as they never again persecute an innocent citizen for trying to exercise their right to freedom of expression, the flag raisings in Caledonia by CANACE have come to an end.

I can think of no better way to close this retrospective than with a look back at the day we rallied at Julian Fantino’s home to raise a flag. Nothing we’ve ever done has enraged the former OPP commissioner and current MP for the Conservative Party of Canada in Vaughan as this did.

Watching him testify at the preliminary hearing for Gary McHale’s “counselling mischief not committed” charge (dismissed in 2010), he frequently spewed angry rhetoric at Mr. McHale about this day in response to completely unrelated questions. It was a joy that can’t be described with mere words to watch him come unglued repeatedly under oath.

This last video is available in and best viewed at 720p which may take significant time to buffer depending on your connection.

  1. James says:

    Well done Mark. Everyone else involved, way to go!

  2. ohwell says:

    What a pathetic joke this country is becoming.
    The government goes out of its way to pander to the every whining and complaining native and uses our police forces to bully law-abiding citisens trying to excercise their rights to peaceful protest.

  3. ZorroIsGod says:

    lol… your dominion citizens…Its treason for us to give up our own sovereignty and no one can sign that away… It would be like Germany ruling Briton after an MP signed it a way for Penneys and blankets… LOL your scam will never happen… You have No sovereignty here only the right to live in peace with the right to own land and trade with us…TWO ROW WAMPUM… You must stay in your boat… and we in our canoe and all of Turtle Island is our canoe .. Its no different then buying a home Swaziland but you still have no sovereignty to the land..

    Now do you respect that or not.. its Law… Under military rule you can’t create sovereignty for your self or bestow citizenship by your own pen…

    You do understand what Deported means… one who dose not obey the law of the land is deported..not the law of the sea…

  4. caledoniawakeupcall says:

    I’m not sure I completely understand what the hell you’re talking about “Zoro” but you seem to be babbling in circles hoping that something you say will make sense.

    My scam? My sovereignty? Military rule? Seriously?

    Maybe you think it was a big scam I cooked up to be born here instead of somewhere overseas but I assure you it was not left up to me, and I was not that clever as a fetus.

    I don’t have personal sovereignty any more than you do (so none) but I do live in a sovereign nation called Canada.

    I respect the two row wampum agreement but I do not recognize it as law because it is not. Also I don’t understand why these radicals who claim to live under that agreement are violating it so often?

    You say we need to stay in our boat, but you fail to acknowledge that the extremists are trying to tip our boat over and seize it for ransom.

    I do understand what deported means. It means something that can never happen to me here as I am a Canadian citizen and I obey the laws of the land.

    I think it’s very nice that you get to have your own laws in your territory (like Quebec which is also not a sovereign nation) and you should be more thankful for what you have.

  5. ZorroIsGod says:

    Two Row Wampum is an international agreement on how your to conduct your selves here…

    We shall each travel the river together, side by side, but in our boat. Neither of us will make compulsory laws or interfere in the internal affairs of the other. Neither of us will try to steer the other’s vessel. The agreement has been kept by the Iroquois to this date.

    the ocean is that river…

    The reason you don’t recognize it…is because you don’t like what it has to say it defies the action set fort by your ancestors …. so who dose not like laws set forth by the sovereignty people on how to conduct your selves here……
    Again all state how did you get your sovereignty if we did not grant it to you…Laws and the creation of money was yours to take…

    the destruction actions towards our sovereignty was so you can impose yours… and you did it by military means making it illegal…

    we get 100% of the land to make our laws…

  6. ZorroIsGod says:

    like I said your a by-product of a scam set forth long ago….return what has been stolen…our sovereignty is nonnegotiable from a crime committed on us…

    • caledoniawakeupcall says:

      Do you have someone playing the violin while you type out these rants about your dilluded view of the world Zoro? Pardon me.. I should say coward who doesn’t have a strong enough belief in his views to use his real name.

      You do not have 100% of the land to make your laws. It’s a nice fantasy but it’s nonsense. This is Canada end of story. That’s never going to change.

      You remind me of the lawyer for one of the people who nearly killed Sam Gualtieri in a home he was building for his daughter. This guy stood up and claimed that the youth responsible didn’t understand that attempted murder was not acceptable under Canadian law as he only knew the “Great Law”.

      You can whine and complain about the world around you like so many do all you want, but you’re not going to change anything. What exactly have you done to help your people? How many wells have you dug to provide fresh water to those who do not have it? How many meaningful relationships have you built with the corrupt leaders of your society who ensure that despite the billions of dollars Canada gives it’s Native people, most remain in poverty? How many of them have you convinced to stop skimming the funds that are supposed to be distributed to everyone?

      What have you done to improve relations between the Native community and the local members of Parliament who have the power to address Native issues if they choose to?

      The answer of course is that you’ve done nothing to help the people you claim to speak for. Perhaps it’s because you’re too busy devoting your energy to being bitter about things that happened hundreds of years ago and whining about it instead of living in the now and trying to make a difference.

      Based on my experience thus far, you are no doubt going to try to leave about 5 new comments babbling nonsense in reply to this, but don’t waste your time as this is not a forum for you to have a voice and I don’t intend to waste one more second of my readers time on you.

  7. ZorroIsGod says:

    As for Sam…. They should put this forth to the Great Law of Peace Court…Law of the land… Building a house in someone’s back yard without his or her permission would defiantly create hostility…

  8. caledoniawakeupcall says:

    I did say no more of your nonsense was going to be let through here, but I’ll make an exception for this one.

    Trying to kill someone is not acceptable. That you are tryng to excuse that behavior with a smoke screen about what set of laws it should fall under is pathetic.

    I’m sure given the chance you would next try to confuse the matter with a rant about how you think Canada tried to kill your ancestors, but I’m not going to allow it.

    You’re a perfect example of those who refuse to take responsibility for their actions and choose to hide behind some supposed cultural laws that make any behavior your choose acceptable.

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