The Free Thinking Film Society and the Canadian chapter of the International Free Press Society (IFPS-Canada) sponsored our first presentation of Caledonia: No More Nightmares which took place at the Library and Archives Canada building in Ottawa on March 22, 2011 (more commentary below).

If you would like to book a presentation for your organization, please contact Mark Vandermaas, 519.457.0709, info@caledoniavictimsproject.ca,  or Gary McHale, 289.286.0423, info@canace.ca.


Library and Archives Canada Building
295 Wellington Street, Ottawa ON  K1A 0N4
Sponsors: Free Thinking Film Society/IFPS-Canada
March 22, 2011

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Audience Handouts

  • Audience handout: ‘Reconciliation: The CANACE Path’ diagram [PDF]
  • Audience handout: ‘The Caledonia Act – Issues & Recommendations’ [PDF]

Bonus Video for early arrivers (produced by Jeff Parkinson, CANACE)

  • Caledonia: No More Nightmares’ (VIDEO: 28:30, Vimeo: VIDEO)
  • Bonus Video preview: (VIDEO: 3:39)

Opening Comments [PDF]

  • Mary Lou Ambrogio (VP, IFPS-Canada) [VIDEO, 2:37]
  • Fred Litwin (President, Free Thinking Film Society) [VIDEO, 9:42]
  • Merlyn Kinrade (Caledonia resident, Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality) [VIDEO, 2:38]
  • Audience Video #1: ‘Justice in Ontario’ [VIDEO: 4:11, YouTube: VIDEO]

Keynote Presenter: MARK VANDERMAAS (Caledonia Victims Project)

Part 1: Caledonia’s Victims
Part 2: Caledonia Policy Issues

  • Audience handout: ‘The Caledonia Act – Issues & Recommendations’ [PDF]
  • Presentation notes: [PDF, 36p (incl. citations)]
  • Mark Vandermaas – Part 1 [VIDEO, 15:05] (‘Caledonia’s Victims’)
  • Mark Vandermaas – Part 2 [VIDEO, 14:50] (‘Vexatious Land Claims‘ & ‘Caledonia: A National Security Issue
  • Mark Vandermaas – Part 3 [VIDEO, 9:39] (An Illegal Peacekeeping Mission on Canadian Soil’)
  • Audience Video #2: 14 yr-old ‘Pam ‘Dancer’Dudych reads ‘Road of Hope’ (VIDEO: 2:56, YouTube: (VIDEO)
  • Ottawa Police remove protesters [VIDEO, 1:25]

Keynote Presenter: GARY MCHALE (Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality)

Part 3: The Smoking Gun of OPP Corruption
Part 4: The ‘Caledonia Act’: No More Nightmares  

  • Audience handout: ‘The Caledonia Act – Issues & Recommendations’ [PDF]
  • Presentation notes: [PDF, 15p]
  • Gary McHale – Part 1 [VIDEO, 15:05]
  • Gary McHale – Part 2 [VIDEO, 9:28]
  • Audience Video #3: ‘OPP Sgt. Michaud at Cayuga occupation says Land Title deeds not sufficient proof of ownership for law enforcement purposes’ (VIDEO: 3:00, YouTube: VIDEO)

Caledonia Residents

  • Audience Video #4: ‘The Ernie Palmer Story’ (VIDEO: 5:52, YouTube: VIDEO); produced & introduced by Jeff Parkinson [PDF]
  • Doug Fleming [VIDEO: 7:59] ‘Illegal Smokeshacks & Landclaim Lawlessness’ [PDF]
  • Marie Trainer [VIDEO, 7:35] ‘A Mayor’s Perspective’ [PDF]

Video coverage courtesy of…

Thank you…

Many thanks to Fred Litwin of the Free Thinking Film Society and  Mary Lou Ambrogio of the International Free Press Society (Canada) for helping us to bring ‘Caledonia: No More Nightmares’ presentation to Ottawa for the first time on March 22, 2011.

The group that deserves a very special thank you for our Caledonia: No More Nightmares presentation was the wonderful, very receptive Ottawa audience who made us all – especially the residents of Caledonia – feel especially welcome. We had 2 anti-Caledonia protesters who came to disrupt the event and they didn’t care about anything or anyone except their own selfish agenda. They clearly supported the lawlessness that traumatized so many in Caledonia — including some of the speakers in the room, and they looked like sociopaths who didn’t care about any of the victims – native or non-native.

One could only imagine the furor that would arise if one of our speakers disrupted a presentation about Residential Schools victims by such behaviour!

The crowd was very offended by the insensitive interruptions, and some actually made a point of sitting around the intruders and telling them to be quiet and show respect. Mark Vandermaas pointed out that they were showing the crowd just a little taste of what Caledonia people have had to endure for 5 years as they tried to get someone to listen to them. So, their presence was actually helpful. What a shame they didn’t come to learn something or speak with the presenters in a civil fashion. Ottawa Police showed up to remove the insensitive boors to thunderous applause. One of the officers remarked that it was the first time he’d received applause for arresting someone.

Caledonia residents should be very proud of their former mayor Marie Trainer who was the final speaker; she got a standing ovation for her speech which ended with Pastor Martin Niemoller’s famous poem ‘no one was left to speak for me.’ Her applause was very well deserved indeed.

Afterwards we were able to spend an hour speaking to people who kept thanking us for coming and for defending values they believe in.

To the Ottawa crowd last night – thank you so much for making the Caledonia people – and us – feel so very welcome. Thank you for your kindness. They commented to me about how much it meant to them to share their stories with people who truly wanted to hear them, and they very much appreciated the contempt you showed to those attempting to disrupt the presentation.  Very well done. I do hope you will keep supporting Fred Litwin – he is doing such good work standing up to bullies who would stop free speech.

Fred was very pleased by the positive reactions, and he’s already asked us to return during his next film festival in November.

Thank you also to Tamara, James, David and John.

We gave Fred and Mary Lou a signed copy of Barb Patterson-Tuck’s painting ‘Caught in the Middle‘ in gratitude for their support for the people of Caledonia.



POSTED BY: Mark Vandermaas  info@caledoniavictimsproject.ca

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