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'I never expected to be called a racist'

Award-winning author and Globe columnist Christie Blatchford's says she set out to write Helpless as a court reporter and by looking at the rule of law in the native occupation of Caledonia. She didn't expect to be labelled a racist.

Photograph by Jessica Bruno, The Hill Times

When a handful of native protesters from the nearby Six Nations reserve began occupying a plot of land called the Douglas Creek Estates destined for a housing development on the outskirts of Caledonia, Ont., in February 2006, they touched off a series of events that at their worst would dismantle the rule of law in that small town. The occupiers threw a vehicle over an overpass, vandalized a hydro transformer, and torched a bridge. The land has been occupied ever since.

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'I never expected to be called a racist'

Award-winning author and Globe columnist Christie Blatchford's says she set out to write Helpless as a court reporter and by looking at the rule of law in the native occupation of Caledonia. She didn't expect to be labelled a racist.

Photograph by Jessica Bruno, The Hill Times

When a handful of native protesters from the nearby Six Nations reserve began occupying a plot of land called the Douglas Creek Estates destined for a housing development on the outskirts of Caledonia, Ont., in February 2006, they touched off a series of events that at their worst would dismantle the rule of law in that small town. The occupiers threw a vehicle over an overpass, vandalized a hydro transformer, and torched a bridge. The land has been occupied ever since.

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, April 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
ITK's 'A Taste of the Arctic' shindig on April 7, Ottawa, photographs by Cynthia Münster April 14, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
A happy crowd at ITK's 'Taste of Arctic' at the NAC gathers for a picture. The annual event, held in Ottawa by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, is meant showcase Inuit culture. Some 350 attend the party, including a number of MPs, Senators, Cabinet minister, lobbyists and journalists.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
National Inuit Leader and ITK President Terry Audla shows off his seal vest to Employment Minister Jason Kenney.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Environics' Meredith Taylor and Greg MacEachern with ITK's Stephen Hendrie.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Justice Minister Peter MacKay, his son Kian, and ITK president Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK president Terry Audla and Abbas Rana, assistant deputy editor at The Hill Times and Party Central columnist.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Labour Minister Kellie Leitch, ITK President Terry Audla, Laureen Harper, and local Ottawa photographer Michelle Valberg.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK President Terry Audla and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
A platter of smoked fish.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Conservative MP Colin Carrie.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Seal hash martinis.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
NDP MP Dennis Bevington, who represents the Western Arctic, N.W.T., and Chris Farris.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK President and National Inuit Leader Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Beatrice Dear entertains the crowd.

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