A former United Church minister, Reverend Kevin Annett, has documented and exposed mass murders in Canada’s Indian residential schools, and confronted those responsible in his new book, Unrepentant: Disrobing the Emperor. Rev. Annett told me that the next step in this ongoing investigation will be to exhume the bodies of the murdered children, and that could begin as soon as next week.
“It is also our position that every act related to the aim of genocide… occurred within Indian residential schools and hospitals across Canada between the years 1889 and 1996, and that this genocide is continuing.”
“Killings in the Indian residential school system were not the result of unplanned or random acts of violence, but of a deliberate policy that encouraged, permitted and protected the killing of aboriginal children. And the foremost method of this policy was the systematic exposing of healthy children to communicable diseases, primarily tuberculosis, followed by denial of all treatment or aid to them.”
Here’s testimony from one of the victums: March 28, 1998 — “That Principal Pitts was trying to kill us. I was the only kid who survived. Pitts took eight of us and he fed us this special canned meat. He didn’t give it to anybody else. Then we all got sick with the TB. Every other boy died, but my Dad broke into the infirmary and got me out, and took me to my grandfather who was a medicine man. He sucked the black poison out of each of my lungs three times, then spit it out, I seen it. But all the other ones died thanks to Pitts.”
Now, a six nation organization has mandated to bring to justice perpetrators of crimes against children. It convened on September 12, 2011, in London.
from Preamble to Hidden No Longer
by Kevin D. Annett September 1, 2010:
“…Twenty years ago, soon after my ordination as a clergyman in the United Church of Canada, I first began to hear stories of what my church had done to innocent children in its Indian residential schools. Like most people, I didn’t believe the accounts of murder and torture I was hearing. And if I had kept my ears and heart closed to these tales, I would have been spared an enormous personal loss and liberation.
“But fate, and choice, forced me not only to listen, but give voice and a platform to hundreds, and then thousands of indigenous men and women whose stories you will read… the ones you won’t hear from are the more than 50,000 children who died from beatings, starvation, rape and torture, or being deliberately exposed to tuberculosis and left to cough their lives away in squalor and terror: all at the hands of Christian men and women who have never been prosecuted for their crimes.
“These murdered children lie in nearly-forgotten graves across Canada, or their ashes are scattered on sea and land after they were incinerated in residential school furnaces, to hide the crime that killed them.
“… This past year, the truth of the Canadian Holocaust has finally won a hearing among politicians and media in Europe, and men and women in America, Ireland, England, Australia and elsewhere who have suffered identical tortures from the Roman Catholic Church and others, and who have faced the same obstacles to justice and fill disclosure.
“The truth is that the same culture of religious conquest that caused the residential school inferno in Canada swept across Europe centuries before Columbus ever set foot in the Americas – and only now is the world tearing the mask off the lie that murdered so many millions of people in the name of Jesus Christ.
“Protesting recently with survivors of brutal Catholic orphanages and sweatshops outside the Irish Parliament, or in vigil for the disappeared at the Vatican under the harassing stare of the Italian state police, I finally began to realize the enormity of what I have been uncovering since 1995 – and how many souls now look to this work and to my efforts.
“What I am part of now is a centuries old epic battle to recover the soul of my own people, and overturn the lie in Christian garb that has caused more suffering and death than any institution in human history. For the genocide of native people in Canada and the Americas is part of the same mad sickness that destroyed traditional peoples across Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia – and which now threatens the life of our planet, and our species.
“At the risk of being misunderstood, I would venture to call this battle a spiritual one, for behind the beguiling appearance of things lies an older and untold story about how it is that we came to conquer, mutilate and destroy one another, again and again: and the unseen forces that are responsible…”
More background Information: Evidence of Intentional Genocide and other Crimes at Indian Residential Schools and Hospitals in Canada, according to the Original Definition and Criteria of Genocide established by Raphael Lemkin (1944)
The Aboriginal Museum was forced to display evidence of the Canadian Genocide (May 14, 2011)
Kevin Annett was Jailed, barred from re-entering England (May 31. 2011)
An autonomous republic formally endorsed the aims and work of Rev. Kevin Annett and the International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS), following a conference held near Amsterdam on May 28.
To hear native survivors’ testimonies to these crimes against humanity, see this page.
Feature length documentary film: “UNREPENTANT: Kevin Annett and Canada’s Genocide”.Promotional Trailer
View the Promotional Trailer (2:36, 7 MB)
For more information on this developing story, see their home page, as well as these sites: www.itccs.org and www.hiddennolonger.com