All of that came crashing to a halt when several protesters from the Six Nations reserve blocked all construction crews from entering the Douglas Creek Estates. Henco Industries Ltd. had purchased this 40-hectares plot of land from the province and had begun building houses on this planned residential subdivision. However, Six Nations claimed that they still were the legal owners of this land.
Political Correctness in Action
Thus began a period of violent incidents that turned the lives of many Caledonians upside down, especially those working on the DCE subdivision and others whose houses bordered on these contested grounds --some 450 households. The occupiers blocked major roadways, burned a small bridge, destroyed a hydro substation, and generally terrorized the nearby population in a way that they could not have imagined in their worst nightmares.
On June 9 it seemed that the worst was over and some sort of normalcy might be achieved. But on that day events took place that set the tone for the next four years. The protesters attacked an elderly couple, Kathe Golke and Gunther Golke, verbally abused them and tried to destroy their car. Mr. Golke, who is a diabetic and has a history of heart problems, required hospitalization. A two-man television crew were attacked and their films stolen. One of them ( Nick Garbutt) was beaten on the head and required treatment at a hospital. In both instances, Ontario Provincial Police officers were close by but refused to stop the attackers and charge them with a criminal offence.
On the same day native protesters swarmed a United States Border Patrol vehicle, attacked its occupants, and drove off in the vehicle after attempting to run down an OPP officer, Norman Ormerod. He was seriously hurt, and never returned to work
The Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality (CANACE), led by the outspoken critic of the OPP Gary McHale, has done a good job of exposing the OPPs double standard applied to natives and on-natives. All of this material is now readily available on the Internet and has become an important source of information about these events that in a real way affect all of us, especially our children and grandchildren.
McHale writes that it is easy to overlook the impact of the occupation by native protesters on individuals and families in places such as Ipperwash and
For every headline there are the tears of the parents, the children, the husbands & wives that go unreported. There are the nights of fear and the stress that comes with repeated intimidation by masked warriors carrying bats and other weapons.
Living Under Siege
One couple, Dave Brown and Dana Chatwell who lived right next to the occupied DCE, suffered endless humiliation and interruptions of their daily lives. Their calls for help to the OPP were not answered. Instead the OPP sided with the attackers and blamed Brown and Chatwell for their troubles. Once Dave was arrested and jailed overnight though he was not charged with any offence. In utter frustration the couple started a lawsuit, which ended with their house being bought by the province for an undisclosed amount, after which the new owners promptly destroyed it.
In the meantime the province, instead of insisting that everyone abide by the law, accommodated the natives by buying out the owners of the DCE.
CANACE has gathered the testimony of many people who endured endless harassment and threats, who feel betrayed by the authorities refusal to apply the law equally to all. The list of offences, including attempted killing (of Sam Gualtieri) goes on and on. Here is the testimony of a young girl, presented on
My name is Pam and for 15 years Ive been living on the Sixth Line
but only 13 years have been happy years. Ever since
There is much, much more highly disturbing information on the CANACE website. McHale and his associates deserve our deepest gratitude for speaking out about one of todays most significant political issues. The irony is that instead of gratitude he has been ridiculed and demonized. The former OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino has publicly accused McHale of being the cause of all the problems in
Make no mistake, what is happening in
*See Christie Blatchford, Helpless: