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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, February 2, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Book of Negroes screening on Parliament Hill Jan. 27, 2015

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Copies of Lawrence Hill's book, Book of Negroes.
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Conservative MP Joyce Bateman, Lawrence Hill and Conservative MP Susan Truppe.
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Conservative MP Joyce Bateman, Lawrence Hill and Conservative MP Susan Truppe.
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Conservative MP Joyce Bateman, Lawrence Hill and Conservative MP Susan Truppe.
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Conservative MPs Ray Boughen, Rob Clarke, John Barlow and Chris Warkentin.
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Heather Bradley and Aunjanue Ellis
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Heather Bradley and Aunjanue Ellis
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Aunjanue Ellis, star of Book of Negroes.

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