Anti-native activist Gary McHale has recently had his bail conditions
altered to allow him to enter Caledonia, where he has organized numerous
protests directed against the Six Nations reclamation. Last week, on March 21
(the International Day for the Elimination of Racism) over 60 non-native
anti-racist activists mobilized on short notice to show up un-announced
to McHale’s most recent “anti-racist” protest aimed at denouncing the
OPP for not having arrested enough Six Nations land defenders. After
standing alongside the road with signs saying “Anti-Racism =
Anti-Colonialism”, “McHale is not an Anti-Racist”, “Negotiations Yes,
Injunctions No!” the anti-racist activists began their rally alongside
the nearly 100 people that came out McHale’s anti-native “anti-racist”
Anti-racist speakers drew out the connections between anti-racist
struggles and anti-colonial movements over their sound system and
mingled with local residents that were there for McHale’s rally. Visibly
worried that the speeches of the anti-racists and the intermingling of
the crowds might be loosening his ideological grip on his followers,
McHale abruptly canceled his planned rally and rushed his supporters
back in their cars before they could be “contaminated” by the speeches
coming over the anti-racist sound system. For further details please see
The attendance of large numbers of anti-racist activists standing in
solidarity with Indigenous rights was successful in creating dialogue
with Caledonia residents and in showing the mainstream media that McHale
does not speak for all non-natives. McHale is now planning to organize
another rally on March 28 in Caledonia at 2pm. We call on all
anti-racist activists and supporters of indigenous struggles to come to
Caledonia to join us in building an anti-racist dialogue to help resolve
the issue of Six Nations land rights, to peacefully show with our
presence that Gary McHale does not speak for all non-natives, and to
underline the fact McHale’s political program and political activities
are most certainly not “anti-racist”.
Please join us again this Sunday, April 28th, outside of the Caledonia
Lions Hall at 100 Haddington St, Caledonia where we will begin our
protest at 1pm sharp.
For more information about the CUPE 3903 First Nations Solidarity
Working Group please check out http://3903fnswg.wordpress.com/
If you have any questions about our counter rally or if you need a ride
or can offer a ride to the protest please email email@example.com
to arrange details. We would appreciate it
if you could RSVP to our email address so we can get a sense of how many
people will be joining us at the protest.
In solidarity and struggle,
The CUPE 3903 First Nations Solidarity Working Group.
We append below the text of our call-out for the March 21^st Rally which
provides further information and background about Gary McHale and his
Protest Gary McHale’s Anti-Native “Anti-Racism” rally in Caledonia,
Sunday, March 21 at 1pm.
March 21st is the International Day for the Elimination of Racism — a
day that grew out of anti-colonial resistance to South African
apartheid. Increasingly, it is also becoming a day which neo-nazi groups
are trying to co-opt by claiming it as “World Wide White Pride Day”
Now Gary McHale, the noted anti-Native activist who has made a career
for himself by stirring up tensions between people in Caledonia and Six
Nations is getting in on the action. On March 21 he and his followers
are organizing a so-called “Anti-Racist Rally” in Caledonia, claiming
that white people in the town are the victims of ongoing “racism” at the
hands of people from Six Nations and the provincial government.
McHale’s followers are planning to gather for a “rally” outside the
Lion’s Hall in Caledonia and then according to one of the organizers,
they are considering trying to march onto the Six Nations controlled
former Douglas Creek Estates in order to have a “potluck” – a move
calculated to raise tensions and produce further conflict in the area.
As far as we know, Gary McHale has no formal connection with neo-Nazis,
but his constant attempts to portray white people as ever present
victims of “land claim terrorism,” his painting of activists from Six
Nations as ‘violence prone thugs’, and his misrepresentation of the
colonial reality that indigenous people face every day in Canada, lays
the groundwork for openly racist groups and individuals to spread a
message of hatred and fear in white communities surrounding Six Nations.
There is documented video evidence that prominent Canadian neo-Nazi Paul
Fromm has attended McHale’s rallies in the past, as have members of the
neo-nazi Northern Alliance group
The CUPE 3903 First Nations Solidarity Working Group took the initiative
to organize against McHale and his followers when he organized the
“Caledonia Militia” group for the purpose of carrying out citizens’
arrests of Six Nations people defending their land rights last summer.
Now that he is again organizing a public rally, we call on all
anti-racist activists and supporters of indigenous struggles to stand in
solidarity with Six Nations and show that Gary McHale does not speak for
all non-natives, and that his political program and political activities
are most certainly not “anti-racist”.
Please join us in gathering outside of the Caledonia Lions Hall at 100
Haddington St, Caledonia starting at 1pm.
The CUPE 3903 FNSWG.