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Callout for June 13, 2009 delegated meeting in support of Six Nations

Invitation to a delegated meeting to discuss building solidarity with
Six Nations — hosted by the CUPE 3903 First Nations Solidarity Working
Group (FNSWG) and the Hosgenegehta (Haudenosaunee Men’s Fire)

Dear Friends,

We would like to invite your organization to send two delegates to take
part in a special meeting that that the CUPE 3903 First Nations
Solidarity Working Group (FNSWG) is organizing in conjunction with the
Hosgenegehta (Haudenosaunee Men’s Fire). The aim of the meeting is to
introduce the Hosgenegehta — who have been leading Six Nations
resistance to development on traditional lands — to activist groups in
Toronto and to facilitate the sharing of information and support between
our different struggles for social justice and liberation.

As many of you might know, the CUPE 3903 FNSWG and the Hosgenegehta have
been organizing a seven city speaking tour with representatives from the
Hosgenegehta over the past month. One thing that is becoming
increasingly clear to us is the disconnect between activists in our city
and the very important and ongoing indigenous struggle that is happening
on the largest (by population) reserve in Canada — one that is less
than an hour’s drive away from Toronto.

Although people were familiar with the Caledonia reclamation, and many
Toronto activists went down to support it, there has been virtually no
support for activists at Six Nations since the reclamation transitioned
into a different and more protracted form of struggle. Over 30 people
from Six Nations have been arrested since then, and they have stopped
more than $2 billion worth of construction and development efforts.
Currently, the Canadian state’s strategy of criminalization of dissent
has reached a new level as key leaders within the community are facing
jail time for their refusal to abide by a variety of different
injunctions which seek to halt indigenous protest at construction sites
in the Brantford area.

Another frustration shared by both the CUPE 3903 FNSWG and the
Hosgenegehta is that while individual high profile events receive a
large scale turnout very little work is being done in concrete,
coordinated and ongoing ways to build the kinds of long-term
relationships that are necessary between indigenous struggles and other
anti-capitalist, environmental, anti-colonial and anti-imperialist
struggles.

Consequently, as part of a speaking tour, we are organizing a one-day
event on Saturday, June 13, beginning at 4 p.m. that will have half a
dozen representatives from the men’s fire present to talk about the
current situation in Six Nations and what it is they need from various
groups that wish to support them. Instead of organizing this as a public
meeting we want to hold this as a closed “delegates only” meeting and
would like to request that your group send two delegates to the meeting.
This way, the delegates can report back to their organization and
hopefully ensure that solidarity with Six Nations is done in a more
ongoing and consistent fashion.

Following the completion of the tour we will be having a meeting at Six
Nations hosted by the Hosgenegehta, to which delegates from all the
different organizations that were involved in the tour will be invited
to talk further about building an ongoing support network around Six
Nations struggles. The various groups that attend the June 13th meeting
in Toronto will be invited to send delegates to the meeting in Six Nations.

Please let us know if you are interested in attending the meeting on
June 13th, and if you can think of some other groups that should also be
there. Please email 3903fnswg@gmail.com to confirm your attendance at
the meeting or call Tom at 416-526-4255.

In solidarity and struggle,

The CUPE 3903 First Nations Solidarity Working Group

July 21, 2009 Posted by | FNSWG Events, six nations | Leave a comment

A call for a peaceful protest against the formation of an anti-native “militia” in Caledonia

A call for a peaceful protest against the formation of an anti-native
“militia” in Caledonia – Tuesday, June 23rd at 6pm Outside the Lion’s
Club in Cayuga, Ontario.

Dear Friends,

As you may have heard in the mainstream media already, things are
escalating again in Caledonia. Doug Fleming (an associate of
anti-native sovereignty activist Gary McHale) has announced that he is
now forming a “militia” to directly confront “native lawlessness” in
Caledonia. According to Fleming, the militia would patrol areas in
Caledonia by car and by foot wearing uniforms and communicating with
radio equipment. If alerted to an instance of “native lawlessness” the
militia would then use “reasonable force” to effect a citizen’s arrest
and would hold the native person until such time as the OPP arrived to
take the “prisoner” to jail.

Needless to say, this represents a major escalation in regard to the
conflict at Six Nations. In addition to the OPP having already laid
over 120 charges against Six Nations activists, the formation of this
militia — with a primary target of removing “illegal” native “smoke
shacks” near Caledonia — points directly to the increasing of the
possibility of violent conflict between natives and non-natives.
Fleming has called for a public meeting for founding of the militia to
happen on June 23, at 7 p.m., at the Lion’s Hall in Cayuga. The
announcement of the formation of the militia has received widespread
publicity in the mainstream media. (Links to the coverage can be found
below).

Although Gary McHale and his supporters have avoided making public
racist comments towards natives, there is no doubt that the formation
of the militia will draw explicitly racist individuals who have long
wanted to physically confront native protesters into activity.
Neo-Nazi groups have long participated in McHale’s various protests
since at least the fall of 2006, and there is every likelihood that
they will be drawn to this meeting if they are not already involved in
organizing it.

Put simply, this meeting cannot be allowed to happen unopposed. As
non-natives who have long supported indigenous struggles in general
and the Six Nations struggle in particular, we are issuing a call for
all who are opposed to escalation and violence inherent in Flemming’s
call for a “Caledonia Militia” to peacefully protest the holding of
this meeting.

Transportation to the protest will be organized by activists in
Toronto, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph. Please contact
3903fnswg@gmail.com for more information, to endorse the protest, or
to reserve a space on the buses. Buses will be leaving from Toronto at
4:30pm sharp (from the north-east corner of the Dufferin Mall parking lot) and should return by 10pm 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.

In solidarity,

The CUPE 3903 First Nations Solidarity Working Group.

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Sources on the formation of the “Caledonia militia”

http://www.marchforfreedom.com/smf/index.php?topic=466.0 This is a discussion board run by Gary McHale where the event was first announced.

http://www.westernstandard.blogs.com/shotgun/2009/06/caledonia-militia-looking-for-a-few-good-men.html This right-wing magazine ran a story on the issue. The comments section is quite informative.

http://voiceofcanada.wordpress.com This is the website of Mark Vandermas an associate of McHale’s.

http://www.thestar.com/news/ontario/article/652121 This is a Toronto Star article on the issue. If you look at the comments, you’ll see that almost 90 of the 100 are strongly in support of the forming of the militia.

http://caledoniawakeupcall.wordpress.com/2009/06/17/caledonia-militia-draws-criticism-from-cowards/ This is another blog by the McHale supporter in Caledonia.

http://www.stormfront.org/forum/showthread.php?t=604501 This is the world’s most popular English-language neo-Nazi website. Here is a discussion thread that is discussing McHale’s various activities and protests in Caledonia and provides some information about neo-Nazi participation in them.

http://www.caledoniawakeupcall.com/election/ElectionResults.pdf And in case you thought that McHale was simply an irrelevant right-wing agitator, here is a link to the federal election results from last year when he ran as an independent candidate in Haldimand Norfolk. As the results indicate, he polled 10% of the riding’s votes, nearly getting 5000 votes (neck and neck with the NDP, and double the Green party votes). He won most of the polls in the non-native communities near to Six Nations, indicating that he has a significant base of anti-native support there.

June 21, 2009 Posted by | far right, protests, six nations | 2 Comments