A new website for a company claiming to be owned by the Haisla has been launched. Two of the three principles listed for the company, Chinook Management Group
, are Serge E. Vidalis and Mike Williamson. Both of these men are high ranking ex-military officers specializing in Naval and maritime defence. Their combined skills include counter terrorism, mine warfare and submarines. The third player listed on the website, www.Vidalis.ca
, as the “Managing Director Community and Governmental Affairs” is former Kitamaat Village Chief Councillor Steve Wilson.
Although this enterprise has not been made public none of this is out of the ordinary for Wilson. He was accused by his own Native elders of secretly making deals to sell off the rights of potential Hydroelectric facilities. It was demonstrated in Court he had done this without even informing his own Band Councillors. Read about his attempt to avoid the questions here
During this time he also made a private/secret arrangement with the Premier of BC to assist with the Alcan/BC Hydro electricity purchase deal, which involved the alleged fraudulent use of a signature stamp from highest ranking Haisla elder, Chief Jassee. Wilson is now employed as a manager of a company installing the new “Smart Meters” for BC Hydro.
This new company, Chinook, with these two professional military officers raises some unique questions with even more interesting analogies. The Court case, mentioned above, was specifically about Wilson and his Council claiming they were defamed. However during the trial some very strange events were exposed, besides Wilson making secret deals without informing his people.
When the Hereditary Chiefs and elders discovered Wilsons’ activities they determined to use the only method they knew to retake their authority, their own hereditary law. They held a traditional court with Hereditary Chiefs in November 2007, after serving notice on every elected Councillor and their Chief Councillor (Mayor) Wilson. While this traditional court of the Haisla Hemaas was being re-established by a group calling themselves the Strategic Alliance Committee, a group of traditional warriors called Ghurkhas was apparently being considered to help protect the Haisla people. During the defamation Trial held in the BC Supreme Court in Terrace a great deal was made about the proposed Ghurkhas. The Lawyers for the Councillors insinuated this was some sort of secret army being imported.
Today it seems Wilson continues down this same path, bringing in his own team of warriors this time being hired by an apparently Haisla owned entity.
Found on various sites both Vidalis and Williamson come with some very significant credentials in the war department. Chinook Management has listed as their primary service, security. It is described in various statements;
LNG Facility and Terminal Security Services,
Marine and Port Security Services and Operations,
Accredited Security Training,
Security Technologies and Innovation, etc.
The vision statement also includes these words; To utilize the resources within the Haisla Territory, to engage the Haisla membership in the multitude of opportunities through career development and training, and to lead the standard of service through our specialized expertise and sense of community.
The question must be asked, are these Steve Wilsons Ghurkhas?
Vidalis and Williamson are the founders of Blue Force Global www.blueforceglobal.com
and this company includes many other military men. They specialize in overt and covert operations advertising their military skills. Their bold opening statement is “Leaders dedicated to technical, tactical and strategic security and emergency management issues through innovation and fusion of technology.”Serge Vidalis is a retired Canadian Naval Officer who served in Naval Special Operations and possesses expertise in maritime counterterrorism, mine warfare, and explosive ordnance disposal. In March 2003 he was deployed to the Arabian Sea in support of Operation Apollo and Operation Enduring Freedom, where he lead a special protection team. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Conflict Analysis and Management with specialization in Political, Ethnic, and Security Issues, and is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of British Columbia researching the Impact of Culture on Western Security Strategies and Terrorism.Mike Williamson retired as a Captain(N) from his position as Base Commander CFB Esquimalt in 2008 after more than 30 years in the Canadian Forces. He is currently the Vice President of Defence Services for BMT.
From their own site they describe their business this way. BMT Defence Services is known for its innovation, expertise and ability to tackle the most complex design and systems issues. BMT Defence Services' strong track record in naval platform design for surface warships, submarines and auxiliaries together with extensive acquisition support experience within land domain projects is thanks to its people, including systems engineers, naval architects, marine engineers and software developers.
Prior to this Williamson worked for CFN, another company specializing in military affairs including NATO and the Canadian Forces.
While Wilson sat as the elected Chief Councillor in Kitamaat Village he worked with his Council body to erode the authority of the Hereditary system of the Haisla people and most of his Council body agreed with him. Read more here
. They have even applied to the Federal Government through INAC, (Indian and Northern Affairs Canada) to be known as the Haisla Nation Council, rather than the Kitamaat Village Council.
Wilson was a very significant person when he had the role of Chief Councillor and developed relationships with some very influential people. During the defamation trial he attempted to bring up Milton Wong as an associate. The Lawyer immediately instructed the Court to strike this name from the Court record and he told Wilson not to mention him again. Read more Here
. Wong is an influential internationalist most widely known primarily for being a philanthropist. Wilson was also involved with the Premier and various international financiers while he was attempting to secretly arrange for his private hydro electric plants. He stated he was going to tell his Councillors but he never did until the Hereditary Chiefs exposed him. It remains to be seen what will happen on the Haisla territories. The trial, which ended in the spring of 2010, still has not had a decision delivered. Enbridge is hoping to construct their pipelines through their lands and build a crude bitumen tank farm on the shores of Douglas Channel.
Ellis Ross, the current Chief Councillor of Kitamaat Village, is also a strong supporter of Wilson and was a party to the defamation lawsuit against the Hereditary Chiefs.
During the first Joint Review Panel (JRP) hearings on Enbridge in the District of Kitimat in 2010, between the 27th and 31st of August, the Canadian military performed an exercise with the local Canadian Rangers in the Terrace/Kitimat area called Skookumchuk. Details provided by the Canadian Military HERE
This military practice concluded on August 31, 2010, the same day the JRP hearings began. The military, it would seem, were now fully communicative and their modes of incursion in the local community were assured. Nothing happened on August 31st or September 1st. except a peaceful demonstration while the proceedings were underway
It was revealed this past July how the Federal Conservative Government, through INAC, began to spy on First Nations Communities. Read Story Here
. All of these pieces seem to fit together neatly as if they were meant to be puzzle. The Haisla are the key to the shipping port at Douglas Channel. With INAC attempting to assert the elected Council as being the true authority over all the lands and with the new military company preparing to provide the highest calibre of security, it would appear a well thought out plan is being executed. Read More on Steve Wilson, BC Hydro, the defamation trial and the secret arrangements with Premier Campbell Here