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Last updated May 4 2006 04:22 PM EDT
[SISIS note: The following mainstream news article is provided for reference only, as an example of how mainstream media treats indigenous resistance to genocide. Mainstream media often presents biased and distorted information, lacking pertinent facts and/or context. Inclusion of this article on our site should not be considered an endorsement by SISIS.]
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.