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 Warriors (MW and SW) 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 highly organized. Soon after other ABOC's imitated and created their own groups based on the IP gang. 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, 88's.

Territory: Canada and United States of America

Alliance: Manitoba Blood Family (certain sets), Bloods (certain sets), Hells Angels, Locolz, Krazies, Mad Cowz, Redd Alert (certian sets).

Rivals: Native Syndicate, Manitoba Warriors, 334 Mob Squad, PK Mobsters, Asian Bomb Squad, Crips, Sureños 13, Manitoba Blood Family (certain sets), Most Organized Brothers, Redd Alert (certain sets), Terror Squad, Saskatchewan Warriors.

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]

The Indian Posse has many different sets all across Canada.



Symbols: IP, colour red, 1988, G Money, 916, 9:16, 425, 4:25, 88's.

Territory: Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, British Columbia.

Alliance: Indian Posse (certian sets), Hells Angels

Rivals: Indian Posse(Manitoba), Terror Squad, Saskatchewan Warriors, Native Syndicate, Manitoba Warriors, 334 Mob Squad, PK Mobsters, Crips, Sureños 13, Manitoba Blood Family, Most Organized Brothers.

Members: 250+

Formation Year: 2000-2010

The Saskatchewan Indian Posse Set known in Saskatoon also Manitoba IP and Saskatchewan IP in Regina.

Manitoba Warriors[edit]

1. Manitoba Warriors


Symbols: Colour Black, MW, Eight ray sun, 13x23, 1323, X3XX3, XIII XXIII, 425, 4:25.

Territory: Canada and United States of America

Alliances: Saskatchewan Warriors, Rock Machine, Mob Squad.

Rivals: Indian Posse, Native Syndicate, Terror Squad, Manitoba Blood Family, PK Mobsters, Redd Alert, Mad Cowz, Bloods,

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 structure similar to a Biker Club but the structure fell apart years later. MW members that are behind bars have followers on the streets called Dubbs which carry out their orders for them on the streets. the Warriors have spread to other provinces over time and accept people from all backgrounds. There are Several "Warrior Sets" operating in the Winnipeg area with thousands of followers, 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.

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

Native Syndicate[edit]


Symbols: Color White and Black (secondary), 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 (certian sets), Gangster Disciples, MS-13.

Rivals: Indian Posse, Manitoba Warriors, Deuce Tre, Indian Mafia, Terror Squad, Manitoba Blood Family, Saskatchewan Warriors, Native Syndicate Killers, Team Money, Bibc Records 1323.

Members: 1,000

Formation Year: 1992

The Native Syndicate is a Violent Aboriginal Criminal Organization exclusively for Aboriginals, in 1994 Native Syndicate organized themselves in Regina, Saskatchewan even though NS was originally formed on the streets of Manitoba in 1992. 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. [9]

Saskatchewan Warriors[edit]


Symbols: Color Blue and black, 19:23, 1923, 425, 4:25, SW, Sask Warriors

Territory: Canada

Alliances: Manitoba Warriors, Crips, Sureños.

Rivals: Indian Posse, Bloods, Terror Squad, Manitoba Blood Family, Native Syndicate.

Members: 600

Formation Year: 1994

The Saskatchewan Warriors is an Aboriginal street gang in Saskatchewan active in Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert with ties to the Manitoba Warriors although SW and MW are separate gangs. Saskatchewan Warriors share the same culture with Manitoba Warriors but SW has a structure like IP. Saskatchewan Warriors originally worked for the MW.

Manitoba Blood Family[edit]

The Manitoba Blood Family is a Prison Gang made up of several Founding bloodsets, MBF absorbed 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. Certain Winnipeg Blood sets are known to rival the 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, MBF Gang, 13.2.6, 425, 4:25.

Territory: Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario

Alliances: Indian Posse (certain sets), Bloods, Norteños, Locolz, Krazies,

Rivals: Manitoba Warriors, Indian Posse (certain sets), Saskatchewan Warriors, Crips, Mob Squad, Native Syndicate, PK Mobsters, Bibc Records 1323, Outcasts, Team Money

Members: 400

Formation Year: 1998

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]


Symbols: Color Redd, RA, 18:1, 181,

Territory: Canada

Rivals: Manitoba Warriors, Saskatchewan Warriors, Bloods (certian sets), Terror Squad, Native Syndicate, Alberta Warriors, Indian Posse.

Formation Year: 1995

Redd Alert is an aboriginal gang formed in opposition of the Manitoba Warriors in 1995. currently active in Edmonton, Regina, Vancouver and the North West Territories.

PK Mobsters[edit]

A Manitoba Prison Gang notorious for their violence against Rivals like Indian Posse and Manitoba Warriors or innocent People. PKM is active in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Saskatoon , and other parts of Manitoba.

Terror Squad[edit]

The Terror Squad is an Aboriginal Gang that wears black and is known to rival Saskatchewan Warriors and Manitoba Warriors. they have hundreds of members in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Terror Squad members from the winnipeg set, created local crew's in Saskatchewan which spread like fire.

334 Mob Squad[edit]

a violent Winnipeg Gang who are known for their sophisticated drug operations and the rivalry with Indian Posse which resulted in a rash of 30+ Murders between MOB and Indian Posse. 334 Mob Squad are affiliated with the Manitoba Warriors.

Native Crips[edit]

Native Crips was an Allaince amongst many crip sets like Gangster Crips 73, Indian Mafia Crips, Winnipeg's Westside Crips, Eastside Crips, Central Crips, and other crip sets who mainly rivaled Bloods and Indian Posse members. Regina, Saskatchewan is home to hundreds of crips.


Locolz is a Manitoba based Gang who wear red with several sets like the Northsyde Locolz and is known to rival Southside Renegades. they're allied with Krazies and Indian Posse.


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