Aboriginal-based organized crime

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Aboriginal-based organized crime
Founder Daniel Wolfe
Founding location Stoney Mountain Penitentiary, Manitoba, Canada
Years active 1980s present
Territory Canada, United States of America
Ethnicity Canadian Aboriginals
Membership 4500 Aboriginal Gangsters
Criminal activities Drug trafficking, weapon trafficking, robbery, contract killing, fraud, money laundering, car theft, counterfeiting, extortion, illegal gambling, murder, prostitution

Aboriginal-based organized crime (ABOC) is a term used to refer to Canadian criminal organizations which have a significant percentage of Aboriginal members. These organizations are primarily found in the prairie provinces, which tend to have areas with high concentrations of people of Aboriginal descent.[1] ABOC is an important national monitored issue, as defined by Criminal Intelligence Service Canada.[2] The Prairie Provinces have some 140 different gangs; almost all are aboriginal gangs, including over 60 gangs in Manitoba alone.

Unique features of aboriginal gangs[edit]

Aboriginal gangs will often use aboriginal art and culture and add it to the gang (bearclaws are often used etc). • Support and Facilitation: ABOC-classified organizations typically support and facilitate the actions of other groups, usually larger and well organized crime groups, such as the Helontaneous, and disorganized street-level criminal activities, primarily low-level trafficking of marijuana, cocaine and crack cocaine and, to a lesser extent, methamphetamine. The gangs are also involved in prostitution, breaking and entering, robberies, assaults, intimidation, vehicle theft and illicit drug debt collection".[2]

Aboriginal recruitment: Recruitment typically takes place from aboriginal populations in larger centres, correctional facilities and from First Nations.[2]

Criminal activities[edit]

There is confusion about how to properly intervene in preventing the growth of these gangs. One approach in Winnipeg recommended an all-Aboriginal school board in the face of increased gang involvement by Aboriginal youth.[3] These schools are viewed as a means of increasing respect for traditional Aboriginal values while giving youth the opportunity to avoid involvement in gangs. There is caution toward such strategies due to the fear that these schools, purely as an anti-crime initiative, will lead to ghettoization.[4] The thought of creating an Aboriginal school system struck some as reeking of segregation. Similar initiatives have been discussed in Saskatchewan, leading to a recommendation by the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations in late 2009.[5]

Aboriginal street gangs[edit]

In the past five years, aboriginal gangs, as they are classified by the Criminal Intelligence Service Canada, have surpassed outlaw motorcycle gangs and Italian organized crime syndicates as the largest single group held in federal prisons, with 536 members serving federal sentences. Ninety per cent of them are doing time on the Prairies, dominated by three established gangs: the Indian Posse, the Native Syndicate and the Warriors[citation needed]

Indian Posse[edit]

"Indian Posse" is the most dangerous street gang in Canada that uses violence as a badge of honour by gang members, they are the most violent gang in Canada. From 2006 to 2012, 87 Aboriginals died from gang-related violence in Winnipeg, Manitoba. IP is responsible for the indirect creation of other major street gangs like the MW and NS. Members of "IP" live by intimidation and fear and swear to a blood in blood out oath. There could be as many as 2,000 IP gangsters throughout the prairie provinces.

Indian Posse, also known as the IP, is an aboriginal street gang based in Winnipeg, Manitoba.[6] The first recorded incident from this gang took place in 1988. Originally, they were mainly active in Lac La Biche, Alberta and known as a high threat gang.


Symbols: IP, colour red and brown (certain sets) 1988, G Money, 916, 9:16, Code Red

Territory: Nearly all Canada and some states.

Alliance: Manitoba Blood Family (certain sets), Hells Angels, Locolz, Krazies, Norte 14

Rivals: Native Syndicate, Warriors, 334 Mob Squad, PK Gangs, Asian Bomb Squad, Crips, Sur 13, MBF (certain sets)

Members: 1400

Formation Year: 1988

Threat: High

The Indian Posse was featured in the fictional film Stryker by Noam Gonick which presents a positive portrayal of the gang "Armies of Resistance” to poverty and other problems. The film dealt with conflicts involving the now-defunct rival gang Asian Bomb Squad. The main character was referred to as “Stryker,” which is a slang term for prospective recruits.[7]

IP is made up of sets called Posses with 1400+ members called "88s", making it the largest street gang in Canada. Indian Posse is active in Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, British Columbia, Texas, Arizona and Oklahoma.[8] One of the alleged founders of the Indian Posse, Daniel Richard Wolfe, was murdered in the Saskatchewan Federal Penitentiary on 5 January 2010.[6]


1. Manitoba Warriors


Symbols: colour Black and Blue(certain sets), MW, Eight ray sun, 13x23, 1323 , number 23 jershey, X3XX3.

Territory: Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, BC, Ontario and some states

Alliances: Rock Machine, Mob Squad, Sur 13

Rivals: Indian Posse, Native Syndicate, Manitoba Blood Family, PK Mobsterz, Terror Squad

Members: 1250

Formation Year: 1992

Threat: High

The Manitoba Warriors 1323 is Prison Gang, rejecting the structure of rival gangs like IP. Most of the members are behind bars and they have followers on the streets called dubbs which carry out their orders on the streets. the Warriors have spread to other provinces over time and now they are a "Nation Wide Aboriginal Gang". The MW on the streets used to wear vests similar to biker culture, the Gang has grown so big now they outnumber their Arch Rival IP 2 to 1 in Manitoba.

1. Dubbs

Dubbs (Dubs, Dubbz) are foot soldiers for the Warriors they are loosely organized sets of gangs, they pay allegiance to the Manitoba Warriors. They will often represent the numbers 1323 or 13x23 and number 23 jersheys, W is the 23rd letter which stands for Warriors. The dubbs are found nationwide from Ontario to British Columbia. They wear the colour black and some sets blue.

Redd Alert[edit]

Redd Alert is an aboriginal street gang active mainly in Edmonton, Alberta and Regina, Saskatchewan, as well as to a lesser extent in Vancouver, British Columbia and Kamloops, British Columbia. It was "founded" in the mid-1990s but was not largely active until 2005. They wear red bandanas, and have a presence across institutions in the prairies.[9]

Native syndicate[edit]


Symbols: NS, colour white, 1419, 14x19, 1994, 94, PK

Territory: Canada and some states

Alliances: Zig Zag Crew, Syndicate Brothers, Crooks Gangs

Rivals: Indian Posse, Warriors, Deuce Tre, Indian Mafia, Terror Squad, Manitoba Blood Family

Members: 500

Threat: High

Native Syndicate is an Aboriginal Criminal Organization exclusively for Aboriginals, It was formed in 1994 in opposition to the MW and IP. Native Syndicate is a blood in blood out gang, which in uncommon in Aboriginal Organized Crime. NS is currently Active in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Alberta and some parts of the US. They utilize a Mafia-style organizational structure, but otherwise invoke aboriginal imagery. Their official colours are white and black, but they wear a white bandana. Their tattoos often resemble “\Z\” (symbolizing NS, or "Native Syndicate"), marked between the thumb and index finger. Rivals include Indian Posse, Native Syndicate Killers NSK and Warriors.[10]


The Manitoba Blood Family is a Prison Gang made up of several blood sets throughout Manitoba and Alberta. They are known for drug trafficking, homicide, weapons trafficking, home invasions and other crimes. Their rivals primarily are the Manitoba Warriors; other rivals include Winnipeg Westside Crips, Most Organized Brothers and B-Side gangs. The Manitoba Blood Family 1326 members live the oath 'Blood In, Blood Out'.

Symbols: MBF, colour red, 1326, 13x2x6, BG, X32VI, number 26 jershey,

Territory: Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario

Alliances: Norte 14, Indian Posse (certain sets), Crips (certain sets)

Rivals: Manitoba Warriors, Indian Posse (certain sets), Crips (certain sets), Mob Squad, Sur 13

Members: 300

Formation Year: 1990-2000s

Threat: Moderate

Some Winnipeg Blood Sets are: Young Bloodz, Junior Bloodz, Infamous Bloodz, Troublesum Bloodz, Manitoba Blood Family 14, Westside Bloodz, Cash Money Bloodz, Northside Bloodgang, Notorious Bloodz, Spade Bloodz, Manitoba Warrior Killerz

Other gangs[edit]

Aboriginal Gangs in Canada.

Over 160 validated aboriginal gangs as of April 20, 2015

1. Aboriginal Kings (Crips)

2. Alberta Warriors

3. B-Side

4. BIBC 1323 (Dubbs)

4. Broadway Boyz

5. Brawlers

6. Bloodz

7. 235 blue flag

9. Cash Money Brothers

10. Cash Money Crips

11. Crazy Cree

12. Da Pitbull Army

13. Deuce

14. Deuce Riders

15. Deuce Killers

16. Dubbz Diamond 1323 (Dubbs)

17. Dirty Money Crew

18. Eastside Crips

19. Forrest Avenue Bloodz (Bloods)

20. G Money Soldiers

21. Gangster Crips

22. Gangster Dubbs

23. Westside Chagos

24. Indian Posse (multiple gangs with same name)

25. Indian Mafia

26. Indian Mafia Crips

27. Indian Brotherhood

28. Indian Souljas

29. PK posse killas (Dubbs)

30. PK Mobsterz

31. PK Familia

32. Central PK (Dubbs)

33. CTL Central Gang (Dubbs)

34. Junior Warriors (Dubbs)

35. Junior Mixed Blood

36. Junior Bloodz (Bloods)

37. All Bout Money

38. Good Squad

39. Krazies

40. Locolz

41. Northside Locolz

42. Manitoba Warriors (multiple gangs)

43. Manitoba Blood Family (Bloods)

44. Manitoba Bloodz (Bloods)

45. Manitoba Warrior Killers (Bloods)

46. Manitoba Indian Posse

47. Manitoba Native Syndicate

48. Mixed Blood

49. Most Organized Brothers

50. Money Over Bitches

51. Mob Squad

52. 334 Mob Squad

53. Native Gangster Crips

54. Native Crips

55. Native Posse

56. Native Pride

57. Native Syndicate

58. Native Syndicate Killers

59. Native MOB

60. Native MOB Family

61. Native Kings

62. Native Souljas

63. Northend Brotherhood

64. Native Mafia

65. Notorious Mafia

66. Noe Luv Crew

67. Northside Jonsquad

68. North Central Rough Riderz

69. Northside Boyz

70. Native Syndicate Gangstaz

71. Northside Warriors

72. Northside IP

73. Northside Bloodgang (Bloods)

74. Notorious Bloodz (Bloods)

75. Mad Cowz

76. Infamous Bloodz (Bloods)

77. Nine O's

78. Outcasts

79. Renegades

80. Repping The Northside

81. Redd Alert

82. Ruthless Crew

83. Ruthless Warriors (Dubbs)

84. Bloodless Dubs (Dubbs)

85. Native Outlawz

86. South Broadway Gang

87. Southside Gangs

88. Southside Crips

89. Surenos 13

90. Saskatchewan Warriors

91. Spade Bloodz (Bloods)

92. Terrorizer

93. Terror Squad

94. Troublesum Bloodz (Bloods)

95. Tribal Brotherz

96. Oak Bay Tribe (Dubbs)

97. Oak Bay Hustle Gang 1323 (Dubbs)

98. Westside Soldierz

99. Westside Crips

100. Westside Bloodz (Bloods)

101. Westsyde Bloods (Bloods)

102. West End Boyz

103. Westside Jonsquad

104. Wolf Pack

105. Young Bloodz (Bloodz)

106. Zig Zag Crew

107. 204 Girlz

108. Crazy Indians


110. Crooks

111. Vatos Locos

112. 12Block Indian Posse

113. Gang Life 1323 (Dubbs)

114. Saskatoon Warriors

115. South Indian Criminalz (Bloods)

116. Deuce Tre

117. SKIP Set Indian Posse

118. MS-13

119. Queen City Crooks

120. Wildboyz

121. Wreckless Dubs (Dubbs)

122. Murdertoba Thugs

123. Native elite 12


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