Native Veteran arrested for carrying Native Flag, Remembrance Day 2013
Two Natives were arrested during Remembrance Day events in Toronto, Nov 11, 2013, Davyn Calfchild for carrying a Haudenosaunee flag, the other for carrying a Mohawk Warrior flag. A third person, the videographer, was also arrested.
Occupy Canada – STATEMENT UPDATE OF ARREST : SHARE! Ras Haile X “So today is Remembrance day and I went down to old city Hall both as a soldier and also to represent all native soldiers who are never remembered in the ceremony or here in Toronto. I was arrested and detained because I went there and was flying a NATIVE flag I have 3 medals for this country and I served it 5 years and I am not allowed to show support at the remembrance day parade with a flag what is worse is that when I mentioned to the police I was a war veteran I was still hauled off and people were yelling shame shame I felt disrespected highly by the police but it just goes to show I as a veteran am not allowed to carry a native flag but the veterans can carry their own.”
Update via his wife: Tsong Deh Kwe Ndishnikaaz
“davyn is at home. hes ok. and for the record, they were there for two reasons.. one davyn is a war vet and two… we’ve done this for three years now and each time we get hassled for bringing the confederacy flag. yet we tell them there is no representation for native soldiers that died over the years in battle and were used in the front lines. No treaty flags, no cedar wreath, tobacco ties or eagle feathers. you can show solidarity for other soldiers but not a first nations soldier on their own land.”
by dylanxpowell – Social media lit up with outrage this afternoon with video of an Onkwehon:we War Veteran, Davyn Calfchild, being arrested at a public Toronto Remembrance Day Ceremony. The video showed Davyn refusing to put away two traditional flags – the Hiawatha and the Unity Flag – and refusing to leave the public ceremony at the request of Toronto Police.
Davyn, who served in the Former Yugoslavia from 1992 – 1997, repeatedly tells the officer that he is a War Veteran and is defiant and adamant about his right to be at the ceremony. As the officer continues to make the ask to put away the flags and or leave – Davyn responds, “This is supposed to be for us – so fuck off!” The officer then moves to arrest and remove both Davyn and two friends with him – one of whom was videotaping the incident.
The flags were all confiscated and the men were held by the Police until the end of the ceremony and then released without ticket or charge.
Davyn has been a vocal critic of the Toronto Police, including their role in the shooting death of Toronto Youth Sammy Yatim, and has been assaulted previously be the Toronto Police in response to his advocacy.
Davyn relayed that the men had been at the ceremony for just a few minutes before they were approached by Toronto Police. He also said that the men went out of their way to let the Police know that he was there as a War Veteran and that their presence was in no way to protest or disrupt the event.
To those looking to support Davyn, Onkwehon:we women in Toronto are organizing to go down to 52 Division (52 Division 255 Dundas St. W.) in Toronto tomorrow at 3pm to demand a return of the flags and also to hold the Toronto Police accountable for this incident. Food Not Bombs Toronto will also be serving food at the demonstration.
After the incident Davyn was most shocked by the complete lack of response from those in the crowd at the ceremony, many who could be seen looking on, “My message is that this is nothing new. We saved them in numerous wars. It goes to show that white people want all of our glory and don’t want the truth. There flags are all there – but ours are not. I go down there to show solidarity and let people know that we were in those wars and that our flags should be there. What crime did I commit showing up with that flag? They always feel threatened.
Everyone says that they respect the veterans – even when I was yelling out that I was a war veteran – no one said anything. They all say they support the veterans. They want to wear poppies and talk about sacrifice – but they can’t speak up?
I served in the Former Yugoslavia. I would not want people to witness that. I think it’s great that it is supposed to be for us. I just want those white people to realize that not only is this our territory, but we want our flags to be equally represented. Why are our flags never there. Why can’t they be there?”
UPDATE: RECLAIMING THE FLAGS!!
We will be at police (52 Division 255 Dundas St. W.) in Toronto tomorrow at 3pm Tomorrow 3 pm for the safe return of the flags, it will be caught LIVE