Launching her career with a regular column in the Yorkton Enterprise at the age of 16, Candis McLean earned a BA and MA in English from the University of Saskatchewan before moving with her geologist husband to Calgary. There she worked in print and radio, winning the Canadian Radio and Television News Directors award for outstanding work in the documentary field. Her proudest moment came in 2004 when her cover story about forgotten victims of tainted blood transfusions was placed on the desk of every MP, and a parliamentary committee later unanimously voted to open the compensation fund to all victims. “[Your article] put a face to the plight of the victims,” wrote a spokesperson with the Canadian Hemophilia Society, “and created a blueprint on how the government could move forward.”
In 2005, Candis teamed up with son, Stuart, to produce a film documentary, When Police Become Prey: What Lies Behind “Starlight Tours.” After screenings in Canadian centres, their film won the coveted award, “Audience Choice for Best Documentary,” at the 2010 New Hope Film Festival in Pennsylvania. Pursuing her interest in Aboriginal peoples, she worked with Vancouver lawyer Calvin Helin on his book Dances with Dependency: Indigenous Success through Self-reliance, which became an international best-seller. Her hope is that this book, WHEN POLICE BECOME PREY: The Cold, Hard Facts of Neil Stonechild’s Freezing Death, puts a face to the plight of police victims of racist “justice,” and creates a blueprint on how government can move forward.
Publication Nov 25, 2015
390 pages 6×9
Please listen to the AUDIO interview with Candis.
This site is dedicated to the Saskatchewan police officers whose lives have been cruelly derailed by political correctness. As I write in the book, WHEN POLICE BECOME PREY: The Cold, Hard Facts of Neil Stonechild’s Freezing Death:
“Is it possible that, because an Aboriginal youth had frozen to death, and an activist organization of elected chiefs called the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations was trying to find someone other than themselves to blame, the chiefs must be appeased at all cost? Therefore, these officers must pay with their careers, their reputations, their health? If any of this is true, both the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Saskatchewan Department of Justice would go to shocking lengths to support lies.
But why? Is it possible the sole motivation was chillingly cold, cynical and calculated – to shape the outcome to be publicly and politically acceptable?”
As an investigative journalist, I have spent 10 years searching through thousands of pages of RCMP documents obtained under Access to Information legislation, as well as all available documents on the numerous legal avenues the police officers have pursued in attempts to prove their innocence. I have also spoken to dozens of Aboriginal people who say that a grave injustice has been done to these officers. I can say without hesitation that a thorough review must be done of their cases, as well as the investigating RCMP and Sask Justice.
It is frightening to think that officers with exemplary records could be treated so horrifically unfairly. Yet what does that mean for the rest of us? What could happen to the average person facing a false allegation? The officers had documented evidence proving the impossibility of the claims against them. The officers had records of choosing to work in the Aboriginal community and many Aboriginal supporters, yet their lives were still shredded. What this appears to mean is that if a false allegation were to come out against the rest of us from certain sections of the community – we are doomed.