Committing Harry Perry….What’s Going on at Sharbot Lake?
My first inclination of anything was a comment by Lynn Daniluk here. Lynn asked me to remove her as a contact , which Mohawk Nation News had listed. Fair enough, but then she posts a huge blurb that includes saying this about MREL, the company responsible for testing bombs at the site:
“..MREL is a company that has moved heavily into the defence and security industry, and in particular the development of a range of vehicle disrupters which are used to neutralize improvised explosive devises and bomb laden vehicles, placed in anything from regular automobiles up to tractor trailer sized trucks. The units are robot deployed and designed to minimize collateral damage. The thrust of their work is humanitarian with an emphasis on saving lives, both by countering the threat of bombs in the civilian community, as well as to improve the defence capability of Canadian troops.
As MREL’s current contract is designed to save lives, and not connected to the drilling of core samples or uranium mining, the alliance has made the decision to permit MREL to enter the site under a memorandum of understanding between MREL and Ardoch and Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nations.”
Right. So are these people brainwashed or cashwashed by the OPP, military, and maybe a few international unions concerned over lay-offs? And of course there’s other companies and corporations involved in the manufacturing of anything. I lay dormant on this though…what can I say, I was stuck on a rez with no internet.
Leave it to Mohawk Nation News (whom I find to be the most reliable source for indigenous reporting) to start having a look when the scenario suddenly changed for them and the Algonquin’s Chief Harold Perry:
OPP “LOOSE CANNONS” AT SHARBOT LAKE –
BIZARRE AND STRANGE HAPPENINGS!
MNN. Sept. 8, 2007. On Saturday September 8th MNN went to
Sharbot Lake to support the Algonquins in friendship. We
Mohawks are concerned about the outcome of the protest
against uranium mining because the Ottawa and St. Lawrence
River watershed on Kanion’ke:haka land is going to be affected.
We won’t let our water table get poisoned.
Algonquin war chief Harold Perry initially sent a wampum to the
Tyendinaga Mohawks for our people to join them. The wampum
is an official invitation for us to take part in the operation, not just
to be bystanders.
The Algonquins have asked supporters to visit the site of the protest.
They are trying to stop Frontenac Ventures from opening up a
uranium mine on their unsurrendered territory. Every sane and
healthy person, whether indigenous or a member of the colonial
society, can support this.
The reception at the site was stiff. We were invited to go behind
the wired fence in front of the old vacant Robertsville Mine on
Highway 509 west of Perth Ontario. We talked with war chief Earl
Brodeur. His wisdom appears to be beyond idealism. Earl told us
they were getting worldwide attention following the articles.
This is an issue that the governments who have been bought off
by commercial ventures would rather ignore.
Then the old war chief, Harold Perry, came out of the tent meeting
that was taking place beside the road outside the gate. He told us
we were not welcome and to leave immediately. He accused MNN
of inaccuracies in the stories about their issue. They say they’ve
been “damaged by them” and wanted control over MNN stories.
We were then escorted to the outside of the front gate and stood
next to the road.
Then the Ontario Provincial Police officer, Randy Cota, who is also
a chief of the Ardoc Lake Algonquins, joined us. He voiced solid
opposition to three issues that MNN had raised: the OPP’s presence
within the protest; his association with MREL Mining Resources
Engineering Limited who had been developing and testing bombs
about 6 miles behind the protest site; and the presence of the
This reminded us of when Jim Loney of the Peacemakers Team was
held hostage by the Iraqis. Jim Potts, advisor to the OPP, phoned
around and asked us to make statements to the Iraqis to let him go.
Not long after Potts was plotting a raid against us at Six Nations which
we headed off and Potts backed down. The religious right has in fact
impacted negatively where lives were lost because people bought into
their rhetoric based on positions that everyone can agree with, such
as the need for peaceful solutions.
When MNN pointed out that the research on MREL was correct
according to their own website, they stopped short. Also, that close
associations do exist between the OPP and the defenders, particularly
We agreed that MNN will peruse their reports provided “from the site”.
In other words, they appear to have adopted the customs of the
dominant states which want to prevent investigative journalism and
for the media to publish only the stories by their “imbedded” reporters.
So much for freedom of the press which was once considered a pillar
They were asked, if the inaccuracies were so glaring, why weren’t
they brought to MNN’s attention. MNN has always conducted fuller
investigations and printed corrections or retractions. They replied
that, “Everybody was too busy!” They were asked if at anytime did
MNN not support the Algonquins? They said that was not the problem.
So what is it?
From all appearances a hierarchy has been developed and taken hold
of the site, with the OPP sitting at the top. They maintain police cruisers
before and after the site and constant surveillance of everyone going in
and out. They have enlarged their presence at the Sharbot Lake
detachment with a huge trailer and some of the paraphernalia a para-
military force might need for a sudden attack from an obscure position.
Brian Heslip, of MELT, “Major Events Liaison Team”, is there to help
the people develop the “right approach” toward the OPP presence.
His Colgate smile sparkles and his eyes twinkle with warmth when
he says, “I couldn’t hurt a fly”. He’s not stiff like an OPP. His body
language is relaxed as often happens with people who are secure in
their power. Two weeks of Aboriginal Sensitivity Training got rid of any
outward appearances of racism. He actually made a beaded bracelet
and took part in a sweat lodge. No kidding! This makes him an expert?
There is nothing like a good sweat to make you feel like an indigenous,
he thinks. The next thing you know, he will be applying for his Indian
It was also strange to see all those tents along the road allowance.
How good of a defense could a few elderly white ladies launch when
the invasion happens?
Then we left and went to visit an elder member of Ardoc Lake
Algonquins who lives nearby. Let’s call her “Madge”. She lives in a
small house in the bush at the end of a dirt road. While we sat at her
kitchen table drinking tea and eating her nutritious cookies, she
received a call from OPP officer, Brandy Winter [Badge number
9323, phone 613-279-2195]. Brandy is part of ART “Aboriginal
Relations Team”. She warned Madge, “If you go to the main site,
you may be turned away because you are not welcome there.
This message is from the Algonquins and the settlers”. Butter
couldn’t melt in her icy mouth.
It looks like the OPP has authority to tell Algonquin elders if they
can speak with their people. The elder then asked, “Could I be in
danger? Everybody knows I live alone. What can I do for my
safety? I thought this was a non-violent demonstration”.
Madge phoned the OPP and reported the incident. Then MNN
reported to the OPP that they were witnesses when Madge received
the threat. MNN then asked the OPP for safe passage out of the area.
Last July the OPP had followed and intimidated three women
supporters who had come to Perth for the demonstration and then
to the site at the invitation of Harold Perry.
Yesterday MNN phoned several relatives and told them about the
On the way out OPP cars passed us every 5 minutes. Normally
people don’t see them for weeks at a time. A resident has to call
the local donut shop to get them to do their job. Please, Tim Horton,
don’t set one up there. The OPP should leave intead of creating all
this trouble. Maybe their rash actions are the result of caffeine
withdrawal because they’re always speeding through Lanark
County. They’re the main violators of the speed limit.
Brandy Winter refused to give Madge her phone number. “What will
I do if I am attacked?”
Brandy said, “Just go outside and wave down a passing OPP”.
Honestly, this is basically what Brandy said. Brandy said three
times that this was “not an order from the police”.
As funny as this account is, these are state police tactics.
Even the OPP dispatcher at Smiths Falls said it “was weird”.
She wondered if it was a prank. No, it was a threat against an
elderly wisp of a member of the community. She eats a lot of
spaghetti trying to put some weight back on. She lost ten pounds
since the protest started.
What will happen if the OPP bring in armed troops with all those
infiltrators in there? The Algonquins may not see it coming. At least
five OPP infiltrators have even formed a drum group at Ardoc. They
were the host drum for the recent pow wow on September 1st.
Instead of being thanked for our assistance, we were chased away.
Why? Their defense of the OPP, the religious right and MREL is
bizarre. We can’t tell who is giving the orders from Ottawa or
Washington or some corporate headquarters. How can the OPP
threaten solid support that has not threatened or committed any
crime? Don’t forget that uttering threats is a crime. The documented
threat so far has come from the OPP.
It is becoming apparent that the outsiders have infiltrated the site.
Let’s hope that the majority of Algonquins are not heading into the
MNN is not undermining support of the land, water table and the
prohibition of uranium mining that the Algonquins and settlers are
working for. MNN continues to support this stand. Attention has
been successfully diverted from the threat to the water shed posed
by the uranium mine and to the skullduggery involved in state
sanctioned manufacture of car bombs.
What is the OPP staging? Are they trying to ease the Algonquins
into a settlement of their unsurrendered lands? Then Frontenac
Ventures can start their uranium mining?
Recently Ontario Superior Court Judge Lynn Ratushny of Ottawa
made a decision regarding the 2004 RCMP raid of the home of Julliet
O’Neill, an Ottawa Citizen reporter. They wanted her sources of
information and seized all her documents and computer files.
This was found to be unconstitutional and illegal in a free and
OPP and Canada, MNN is not “Pravda”, which was the official voice
of the communist totalitarian regime in Russia at a time when no
media could criticize the government. Canada is going in this
direction by trying to intimidate all media to go along with their
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