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 10,000 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 but mostly in Winnipeg, Manitoba the Gang Capital of Canada, 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 around 200 different gangs; almost all are aboriginal gangs, including over 80 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]

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 1,936 members serving federal sentences. Ninety per cent of them are doing time on the Prairies, dominated by four established gangs: the Indian Posse, the Native Syndicate, the Manitoba Warriors and the Manitoba Blood Family. all of which have roots in Winnipeg, Manitoba the Gang Capital of Canada and the Murder Capital [6]

Indian Posse[edit]

The Indian Posse has a reputation for being the most violent Prison Gang in Canada. Originally the Indian Posse Gang had a structure like no other and was Highely Organized. soon after other ABOC's imitated and created their own groups based off IP. Indian Posse was formed inside Stoney Mountain Penitentiary in 1988 after The Crisis in Oka. Indian Posse Thugz are expected to pay taxes to Higher Ranking Members called "Gang Taxes" which is 35% of what ever they make. since then the gang has spread to all of Canada and to the USA. IP was the very first Aboriginal Based Organized Crime Group. Members of the gang live by a blood in blood out oath, and call other members 88 Thugs. The Gang has been at war with the Manitoba Warriors for nearly 30 years. the gang has terrorized many Aboriginal Communities and Enemies of IP will often represent the letters PK (posse killa) to show disrespect. New members are expected to "put in work" like robbery and killing.


Symbols: IP, colour red and brown (certain sets) 1988, G Money, 916, 9:16, Code Red, 425, 4:25,

Territory: Canada and United States of America

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

Rivals: Native Syndicate, Manitoba Warriors, 334 Mob Squad, PK Mobsterz, Asian Bomb Squad, Crips, Sur 13, Manitoba Blood Family (certain sets), Most Organized Brothers, Redd Alert (certain sets),

Members: According to CISC 1,548 identified active members and 826 inactive members, but some Gang Experts estimate that number is as high as 6,000.

Formation Year: 1988

The Indian Posse Gang 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]

Manitoba Warriors[edit]

1. Manitoba Warriors


Symbols: colour Black and Blue(certain sets), MW, Eight ray sun, 13x23, 1323, X3XX3, XIII XXIII, 425, 4:25.

Territory: Canada and United States of America

Alliances: Rock Machine, Mob Squad, Crips (certain sets)

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

Members: 1,000+

Formation Year: 1991

The Manitoba Warriors 1323 is a Prison Gang, rejecting the structure of rival gangs like IP but instead chose chaos over order. Most of the MW 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. There are Several "Warrior Sets" operating in the Winnipeg area with thousands of followers, some MW members 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. chapters or sets from different provinces will name their chapter after their province or their city. Manitoba Warriors from Saskatchewan call themselves (Saskatchewan Warriors) etc. etc. (Alberta Warriors). the Gang accepts people of all backgrounds.

in 2014 RCMP arrested 57 Manitoba Warriors in "Project Falling Star" in an attempt to take down the Aboriginal Prison Gang's street Regiment.[8]

Native syndicate[edit]


Symbols: NS, colour white and black, 1419, 14x19, 1994, 94, PK, NS Gangstaz, 425, 4:25

Territory: Canada and United States of America

Alliances: Zig Zag Crew, Syndicate Brothers, Crooks Gangs

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

Members: 1,000

Formation Year: 1992

The Native Syndicate is a Violent Aboriginal Criminal Organization exclusively for Aboriginals, It was founded in 1994 in opposition to the MW and IP. Native Syndicate is a blood in blood out gang, members will refer to each other as 94 Thugs. They utilize a Mafia-style organizational structure, but otherwise invoke aboriginal imagery. Their tattoos will resemble \Z\ (symbolizing NS, or "Native Syndicate"), marked between the thumb and index finger. Rivals include Indian Posse, Native Syndicate Killers NSK and Warriors.[9]

Manitoba Blood Family[edit]

The Manitoba Blood Family is a Prison Gang made up of several Founding bloodsets, then MBF began Absorbing more sets overtime. They are known for drug trafficking, homicides, weapons trafficking, home invasions and other crimes. Their rivals primarily are the Manitoba Warriors and their followers. Some Winnipeg Members are known to rival Winnipeg's Indian Posse. other rivals include Winnipeg Westside Crips, Most Organized Brothers, PK Mobsters, B-Side gangs. The Manitoba Blood Family 1326 members live by the oath 'Blood In, Blood Out'.

Symbols: MBF, colour red, 1326, 13x2x6, BG, X32VI, #14 jershey, MBF Gang, 13.2.6, 425, 4:25.

Territory: Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario

Alliances: Indian Posse (certain sets), Bloods, Norteños.

Rivals: Manitoba Warriors, Indian Posse (certain sets), Crips, Mob Squad, Native Syndicate, PK Mobsters.

Members: 400

Formation Year: 1995

Some Winnipeg Blood Sets are: Young Bloodz, Junior Bloodz, Infamous Bloodz, Troublesum Bloodz, Manitoba Blood Family 14, Westside Bloodz, Cash Money Bloodz 3x13x2, Northside Bloodgang, Notorious Bloodz, Spade Bloodz, Manitoba Warrior Killaz,

Redd Alert[edit]

Redd Alert is an aboriginal gang formed in opposition of the Manitoba Warriors in 1995.

PK Mobsters[edit]

a Prison Gang Notorious for their violence against the Indian Posse.



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