Sent: Fri 11/14/2008 11:37 AM
Subject: RE: your endorsement of OPP ‘Framework’
Dear Amnesty International Canada:
Your recent endorsement of the OPP ‘Framework’ is most disturbing. Mr. McHale has already provided you with information regarding how this Framework has been used to openly violate the rights and safety of innocent non-natives caught up in land claims through no fault of their own, therefore, I will not spend much time on that issue. I do hope you’ve taken the time to read Mr. McHale’s Charter Application and watched the video of Shawn Brant declaring he doesn’t give a ‘rat’s ass’ how many victims he creates!
SUPPRESSION OF EVIDENCE BY IPPERWASH INQUIRY: You are correct in that the Commissioner of the Ipperwash Inquiry did indeed endorse the Framework as ‘best practices.’ What you likely do not know, however, is that the Inquiry deliberately excluded all non-native Ipperwash residents from testifying. It also refused to publish their evidence.
On March 14/07 we released our ‘Ipperwash Papers’ investigative project at a news conference at the Queen’s Park Media Studio. The Ipperwash Papers consist of over 400 pages of documents that prove the Inquiry deliberately suppressed all testimony and evidence from non-native residents traumatized by years of crime before, during and after the death of Dudley George in conjunction with 3 separate land claims, including one against their homes.
It is absolutely critical that people understand that the Ipperwash Inquiry never allowed the impact of native violence on innocent residents to be studied. This is why, out of 100 recommendations, there is not a single one specifically designed to prevent violence against innocent third parties. No politician or police force (or human rights group!), therefore, has any right to use the Inquiry or its recommendations to justify the current OPP approach to native lawlessness.
In addition to the links below I have attached a copy of an article written with the help of longtime Ipperwash community leader Mary-Lou LaPratte that provides a short overview of the suppression of evidence by the Inquiry. I urge you to read and understand.
- The Ipperwash Papers project: www.ipperwashpapers.ca
- VoiceofCanada Ipperwash Papers feature: http://voiceofcanada.wordpress.com/the-ipperwash-papers/
- ‘McGuinty’s Ipperwash Cover-up: attached
THE FRAMEWORK AND HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AGAINST NON-NATIVES: I am myself a victim of the OPP’s framework; I was actually arrested (as was Mr. McHale) for trying to place a Canadian flag on a public utility pole across the street from occupied land in Caledonia. The OPP told the Ontario Human Rights Commission in writing they did so to ‘protect me’ from native ‘extreme elements’ who might want to harm me if I was allowed to exercise my rights. Under the Framework, the OPP actually believe they have the right to arrest potential non-native victims instead of dealing with those making the threats. This is like arresting black people to ‘protect them’ from white supremacists instead of defending their right to protest. It is disgusting, but it is a reality under the Framework.
- VoiceofCanada: Human Rights complaint forces Fantino to tell truth (Part 1)
- VoiceofCanada: Human Rights complaint forces Fantino to tell truth (Part 2)
EVIDENCE OF WEAPONS: You stated that “although a spokesperson …publicly alluded to the possibility that the protesters had access to weapons, Amnesty International is not aware of any evidence to suggest that this was, in fact, the case.” I am shocked that you would suggest that a spokesperson’s threat is not evidence of an actual threat.
Nevertheless, if it is evidence you seek that native occupiers have weapons, I wish to advise you that CANACE is in possession of many hundreds of hours of audio recordings proving that Caledonia occupiers have weapons and have been authorized by their leaders to shoot civilians and police.
- VoiceofCanada: Audio recordings reveal OPP hid DCE dangers from public
SUGGESTION: May I suggest that you take the time to read the material sent by Mr. McHale and I, especially our ‘Human Costs of Illegal Occupations’ report (link below), and that we then meet to discuss this very vital issue? If Amnesty International is going to take a side on this issue, surely you want to understand the whole truth – a truth that includes the fact that innocent people are being victimized, not only by native extremists like Shawn Brant, but by the OPP Framework.
After reading our ‘Human Costs’ report, I would ask that you take a minute to put yourself in the places of the innocent victims and ask if you would be willing to sacrifice your own father’s brain function and livelihood, or whether you would be willing to have your sister trade places with ‘Dancer’ who must take medication and go to counselling because she is afraid in her home after all she has witnessed.
I have attached a ‘resume’ for the founders of CANACE to help you understand more about us and our work.
Please contact me any time, day or night.
Mark 519.xxx.xxxx cell: 519.xxx.xxxx
‘The Strength of a Woman – 14 year old ‘Dancer‘
A cry for OPP protection from a resident on the Sixth Line in Caledonia
“My hope is that one day people will come to Caledonia, not to study the destruction caused by those who would do evil to other human beings for their own selfish purposes, but to learn about your culture, about the damage that was done to it, and how Caledonians – native and non-native – came together as one in the dark days to peacefully proclaim Six Nations and the rest of Haldimand County as a sanctuary from that evil.”
VoiceofCanada to native reader, Jan 12/07