… Snake Mound in Turtle Island (If you are confused, read on)…
Last week I wrote a post about the protest at High Park against the Aboriginal group, which built a camp with the support of the City of Toronto. I didn’t expect that short piece with pictures to cause such a heated debate. Within the comments section, fierce arguments and fights took place.
I received a few threats and was even informed by one of the posters that the police were watching my little blog. Nothing wrong with that – that’s what the blogs are for, people should exchange opinions openly. It’s the best way for the public to decide what is right.
The gist of the post was that I and many other people don’t like that a part of High Park was fenced and restricted to be used by one specific ethnicity and no other people were allowed in the area. It somehow slipped the City officials’ minds that the park was a public property. Shouldn’t be that considered apartheid”? (No, the lefties use that word only when they want to do some Jew-bashing.)
The whole commotion started with the statement of an Aboriginal group that the area was an ancient Indian burial ground desecrated by the bike races taking place there.
That version of the events was refuted quickly – an article in Toronto Star, quoting archaeological research and another Aboriginal group saying the whole thing was a hoax. The group was very critical about the actions of the occupiers. That’s a serious statement – Toronto Star is a left-wing paper, where even Haroon Siddiqui and Heather Mallick are considered serious columnists. If there was the slightest option to make the burial ground look real, they would have done that, instead of questioning the claims.
I was accused by other posters that I was lying about the occupation and the flag. At the time I had only my witness account and a few pictures, but that was not enough for those people.
Now I have a God-sent video, officially released by the Toronto Police, which shows what happened.
You can watch it here.
Fascinating, isn’t it? And it can’t get more official than that.
I had no idea we had an Aboriginal Peacekeeping Unit. What is the difference compared to the ordinary police? Is the unit supposed to deal with Aboriginals gone wild or with other races gone wild on Aboriginals? Are there any other peacekeeping units? White Peacekeeping? Chinese Peacekeeping? We could have definitely made a good use of a Tamil Peacekeeping Unit. (Do you remember the highway protest?)
The video proves beyond any doubt that the police did proudly support the burial ground hoax. It started with the notorious flag of confrontation (now you can’t deny it wasn’t there).
As a side note on the flag issue, let me say that I was referred to a very interesting work by Kahente Horn-Miller, titled The Emergence of the Mohawk Warrior Flag, which was presented as an MA thesis at Concordia University in August 2003. If we ignore her shaky theoretical ideas, which are supported in part through the writings of Ward Churchill (a disgraced professor, plagiarist and fake Cherokee), the anthropological facts she includes are valuable, because Ms. Horn-Miller comes from the community, where the flag was created in 1980’s.
On pages 94-95, she states the following about the flag’s symbolism:
“The Warrior head depicts a traditional Mohawk hairstyle. Warriors often shaved or plucked their hair leaving only a scalp lock. The hair at the back of the lock was left long. This scalp lock was a challenge to the enemy to get the scalp if he could. The hair in the back was left long so that it could be held while removing the scalp.”
That’s quite gross, but it clearly shows that the image symbolizes war and confrontation. There is nothing peaceful about the flag. She confirms that impression a few pages later, on page 112:
“The Flag first came to international prominence in the summer of 1990, during the Oka standoff at Kanehsatake. There, it flew alongside other Indigenous flags and the symbol of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Hiawatha Belt depicted in flag. Since that time, the Flag has shown up all over the world and continues to represent for many unity and resistance. These concepts from the basis for various events such as Ganiekeh, the Oka Crisis, Ipperwash, Gustafsen Lake, and the Lobster Dispute at Esgenoopetitj (Burnt Church). Upon cursory examination, they appear as simply Indigenous people unified in resistance against the Canadian state. As such, they are different times and places but similar events. They are all Indigenous response to loss of land and resources by a show of strength and a call for assistance from supporters.”
So beyond any doubt, the flag represents “resistance against the Canadian state”. Using it at High Park means that the events that took place there can be ranked at the same level as Oka and Ipperwash, so the intentions of the Aboriginals were very clear. The issue was a confrontation with the Canadian state. It still boggles my mind how you can deny the legitimacy of the Canadian state and at the same time collect billions of dollars in welfare payments from it.
There is nothing new here, occupations like this one are “normal”, the new twist is that the police are practically promoting it.
The guy with the funny hat, who appeared in the beginning of the video, stated that this was a sacred ground (he called the place Snake Mound). There is no
evidence for that whatsoever, but if the “Seneca Wolf Clan” from Hamilton says so, the police go with that. Don’t the Toronto Police do their due diligence
when associating their name with such claims?
And what was the deal with the man wearing the Calgary baseball cap and the “Deer Police” shirt? Is that a police unit, which handles deer or a unit in which deer serve as police? Little bit of extra information wouldn’t hurt.
To make the events look more official, they opened with a sacred ceremony, which involved starting a fire. Correct me, if I’m wrong, but isn’t starting a fire
at a random place in a park against the law? If I start a fire in the same way, I’ll be chased with a gun and fined through my nose. Why did the police and the
parks authorities bend the law to accommodate a specific ethnicity?
And what about the unions? All the work in those parks is done by highly paid union workers. If Rob Ford brought in a few guys willing to do the rejuvenation job for free, the unions would be up in arms about the issue. They’ll be picketing City Hall to condemn the heartless anti-worker agenda of the Mayor. Yet in this case, we didn’t hear a peep from the unions. The Aboriginals said that they were going to restore the area; doesn’t that deprive the workers from work? No need to ask – the unions are more than willing to sacrifice the workers’ interests just to show that they can “stick it up to the Man.”
The sad truth is that both the police and the parks department are afraid of the Indians – they can either create a big fuss by bringing more people or file discrimination complaints. That’s why they don’t oppose them, thinking that if they appease them, the issue would somehow go away. It won’t. Needless to say, this a double standard that benefits one ethnicity – if a group of white or Chinese people build such a camp based on weird claims, they’ll be arrested before finishing their explanations.
The police shouldn’t do such things, they are not supposed to take sides.
For example, an American writer wrote in a comment to my previous post that she was helped by and even spent time with the Aboriginals in their High Park camp and saw the bones and arrow heads they dug out (the whole scene sounded like an East German western with Gojko Mitic). Obviously, those events exist only in her disturbed mind. Further she added that unlike Indians, white people would’ve helped her only if she was a young girl, whom they can use sexually. This is a disgusting racist remark, but she can say it at my blog (as long as she doesn’t address it to a specific person) in the name of free speech, then I can confront her with my own opinion.
But she is an individual, whose words don’t affect many people.
On the other hand, the police as a government organization don’t have the right to free speech and opinion. Their purpose is to uphold the law and apply it
equally to everybody.
It is appalling to bring into the park a group of people who don’t live in Toronto (they came from Hamilton) and don’t pay taxes and give them jurisdiction over a piece of it on the basis of false claims. If they have any demands, they must prove them in the court of law, with real evidence, not myths and fantasies.
What if they show up at Sky Dome and declare it an Indian cemetery? Are the police going to let them in and make another video? In Caledonia such an “innocent” small occupation turned into years of abuse of the local taxpaying population, silently and sometimes vocally supported by OPP and the Ontario Government.
The job of the police is to keep order, not to perform community bonding PR stunts. It was nice they didn’t do that last years during the G20 protests – instead of appeasing and accommodating the thugs and criminals, they arrested them (although they should’ve acted faster).
They at least should have checked the facts – such a measure would’ve shown immediately that they were dealing with a hoax.
So this is a question for the officers involved in making the video – Constables Tony Vella, Scott Mills, Kim Turner and everybody else who authorized it– for
how long would the police promote marginal groups out of fear that they can make more noise and at the same time ignore the ordinary taxpayers who just
have to shut up and pay? Don’t you owe the public an apology or at least an explanation?
The park should be accessible to everybody, without any conditions.
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