A “hoax”? What the hell is that supposed to mean? If the leaflet was produced by one or two lone wackos instead of an organization, so much the better. But it was assuredly produced by real racists. From CBC News, May 4:
A pamphlet that called on people in Caledonia to discuss a “final solution” to the “Indian problem” is a hoax, says the Ontario Provincial Police.
The pamphlet was handed out as some people who live in and around the southern Ontario town held a rally and march against an aboriginal occupation, which has halted construction on a housing development nearby.
The document depicts a Ku Klux Klan meeting, while the phrasing alludes to the Nazi Germany’s proposal of a “Final Solution” to the “Jewish Question” – a euphemism for systematic genocide.
However, OPP Const. Dave Meyer said an official police investigation determined the document had no links to the racist organization.
Police found no evidence that a KKK meeting was planned or took place in Caledonia, Meyer said.
“The information on the handout itself did not even refer to a date, so it’s difficult to attend something when you don’t know when it is. Our information is that this is not a legitimate document,” he said.
The native demonstrators, mostly members of the nearby Six Nations reserve, first occupied the site on Feb. 28 to stop Henco Industries from constructing 250 homes on the 40-hectare site. The natives say the land was stolen from the Six Nations more than 200 years ago.
The province says aboriginals gave up the land in 1841 to make way for a new highway, an agreement a Six Nations spokesperson said was only meant to be a lease.
Six Nations filed a land-claim suit over the area in 1999.
Talks to resolve the conflict are continuing.
Meanwhile, however, relations have been deteriorating between the native protesters and local residents, who say the town is suffering because of the confrontation.
Meyer said the OPP has no plans to increase police presence at the site. The OPP has had a presence near the barricade for the past two weeks after a failed attempt to remove a protest camp on the disputed land.
Meanwhile, the Hamilton Spectator reports:
Federal and provincial land claims negotiators have been appointed to join talks with natives in Caledonia that are expected to resume next Tuesday.
The federal government has named Barbara McDougall as its negotiator with Six Nations leaders over all of their claims related to lands originally given to them in 1784 in what is called the Haldimand Tract. McDougall, a former Conservative MP, served as Minister of State for Finance and the Status of Women, Minister of Employment and Immigration and Minister of External Affairs.
Former federal minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Jane Stewart will represent Ontario at the table. Ontario’s Aboriginal Affairs Minister David Ramsay said Stewart was the obvious choice for the job.