TRUE NORTH: At Least 600 Graves Found at Indigenous Canadian Boarding School

Source – aljazeera.com

  • “…Chief Bobby Cameron of the Federation of Sovereign Indian Nations said the discovery, coupled with the recent discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous children at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Colombia, shows “genocide” committed by Canada”

SM:….Canada’s Truth & Reconciliation Commission, held some years back, were specifically intended to whitewash the extent of mass carnage wrought on aboriginal communities across Canada…the lies, deception & cover-up are finally starting to unravel….

Canada: At least 600 graves found at Indigenous boarding school

The lasting impact of Canada's truth and reconciliation - Geographical Magazine

Cowessess First Nation announces the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves on former Marieval Indian Residential School grounds.

A crew performs a ground-penetrating radar search of a field, where the Cowessess First Nation said they had found 751 unmarked graves, near the former Marieval Indian Residential School in Grayson, Saskatchewan, Canada [Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations/Handout via Reuters]
A crew performs a ground-penetrating radar search of a field, where the Cowessess First Nation said they had found 751 unmarked graves, near the former Marieval Indian Residential School in Grayson, Saskatchewan, Canada [Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations/Handout via Reuters]

Cowessess First Nation announced the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves on the grounds of the former Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan, Canada and Indigenous leaders say they will find more at other sites.

Chief Cadmus Delorme of the Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan said they had found at least 600 graves after radar detected 751 “hits” in a field on the school grounds.

“This is not a mass gravesite. These are unmarked graves,” he said in a news conference on Tuesday.

Chief Bobby Cameron of the Federation of Sovereign Indian Nations said the discovery, coupled with the recent discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous children at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Colombia, shows “genocide” committed by Canada.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada determined in 2015 that more than 150,000 Indigenous children had been forced into residential schools. Cameron said on Tuesday there are many burial sites like at Marieval and Kamloops and that searches will continue.

“We will find more bodies and we will not stop until we find all our children.”

“The world is watching Canada as we unearth the findings of genocide. We had concentration camps here. We had them here in Canada, in Saskatchewan, they were called Indian residential schools,” he said.

“Now we have evidence.”

The gravesite at Marieval was administered by the Roman Catholic Church, Delorme said. Over the years, oral stories from Indigenous elders talked of the burials.

“In 1960, there may have been marks on these graves,” Delorme said. “The Catholic Church representatives removed these headstones and today they are unmarked graves.”

Removing gravestones is a crime in Canada, Delorme said, and the area is being treated as a crime scene.

“We cannot confirm they are all children. But there are oral stories that there are adults in this gravesite, as well.”

Delorme said the ground-penetrating radar technology used to discover the graves had an error rate of roughly 10 to 15 percent. There were 715 “hits”, which means “at least 600” graves, Delorme explained.

Historic discrimination

The discovery comes weeks after the remains of 215 children were found at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described that discovery as heartbreaking.

Elder Florence Sparver recalled her time at the Marieval boarding school. She said the Catholic nuns were “rough” with Indigenous children and barred them from keeping their customs.

“We had our own way of honouring ourselves and Mother Earth,” Sparver said, remember that Indigenous “blessings” were banned.

Canada’s history of boarding schools for Indigenous children has made national news following the Kamloops discovery.

“They would just start beating you and lose control and hurl you against the wall, throw you on the floor, kick you, punch you,” Geraldine Bob, a survivor of the Kamloops Indian Residential School, said about her experience there in a report (PDF).

Kamloops was also administered by the Catholic Church. Pope Francis expressed “pain” and offered condolences after the “upsetting discovery of the remains of 215 children”. But he did not accept responsibility for his church’s actions.

“The pope needs to apologise for what has happened to the Marieval residential school” to help survivors and descendants heal, Delorme said.

“An apology is one stage of many in the healing journey.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/6/24/canada-hundreds-of-graves-found-at-indigenous-boarding-school

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About Kevin Annett


Kevin was born in Edmonton in 1956. Father of two children. He was adopted by the Anishinabe Indigenous Nation in Winnipeg in 2004 and given the name Eagle Strong Voice.

Educated at the University of British Columbia. Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology (1983); Master’s Degrees in Political Science (1986) and Divinity (1990).

Ordained as a minister of the United Church of Canada in May 1990. Held positions in Manitoba and downtown Toronto. Hired as minister of St. Andrew’s United Church in Port Alberni, July 1992. He expanded his congregation from ten members to nearly one hundred by 1993.

Kevin is fired without cause, notice or review by United Church officials on January 23, 1995, after exposing the murder of children at his church’s Alberni Indian residential school and his church’s theft of Ahousaht native land. Kevin is subsequently expelled from ministry without due process, loses his wife and children in a church-funded divorce, and is smeared and blacklisted by a joint Church-RCMP black ops campaign that continues to the present.

Kevin convenes the first human rights Tribunal into crimes in Canadian Indian residential schools, Vancouver, June 12-14, 1998, co-hosted by the UN affiliate IHRAAM. Based on the evidence revealed, the Tribunal recommends to the United Nations that Canada and its churches be charged with genocide. Under Canadian pressure, the UN refuses to act.

Kevin forms the first permanent inquiry into these crimes, The Truth Commission into Genocide in Canada in February 2000, and writes the first independent report on Genocide in Canada, “Hidden from History: The Canadian Holocaust” in January 2001.

Kevin commences a nation-wide campaign to document residential school crimes and organize the survivors, 2002-2005. He helps form the nation-wide Friends and Relatives of the Disappeared (FRD) on the first Aboriginal Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 15, 2005 in Vancouver. Launches public protests and occupations against the Canadian government and the Catholic, Anglican and United Churches in Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Toronto.

Kevin releases a documentary film “Unrepentant” in February 2007 which documents the uncensored record and evidence of deliberate genocide by Canadian Church and State in the Indian residential schools. That same month the Globe and Mail confirms Kevin’s claim of a fifty percent death rate in the schools. (“Children died in droves despite warnings to Ottawa”). Member of Parliament Gary Merasty watches Unrepentant and calls in the House of Commons for a Missing Children investigation.

Kevin publishes a list of twenty-two mass graves of children at former residential schools and holds mass occupations of the three guilty churches throughout the spring of 2008.

The government buckles: Kevin and the FRD force the “official apology” for Indian residential schools from the Harper government in July 2008. But Kevin is subsequently erased from any media reports, despite his official vindication and the validation of his claims about massive death rates and genocidal crimes in residential schools.

After being invited by church survivors to Europe, Kevin holds a public protest and exorcism at the Vatican, October 11, 2009; the next morning a tornado strikes Rome, and the first news reports appear linking Pope Benedict with child torture.

Kevin is invited by church survivors in Ireland to form the International Tribunal of Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS) in June 2010, and he is appointed its first Secretary.

ITCCS spreads to nine countries and launches protests and legal actions against the Catholic and other genocidal churches.  

Kevin is invited by nine traditional Mohawk elders in Brantford, Ontario to excavate at a mass grave of children at the local Anglican school, February 2011. Dig commences that fall with elders’ approval. Children’s bones are uncovered and positively identified by forensic scientists in November 2011. Dig is shut down in January 2012 by government-allied “chiefs” and a false story smearing Kevin is circulated by them.

The International Common Law Court of Justice (ICLCJ) is convened by the ITCCS to charge Pope Benedict, Queen Elizabeth and 28 other defendants with committing and concealing Genocide, in July 2012. Kevin serves as the chief advisor to the Prosecutor.

Pope Benedict (Joseph Ratzinger) resigns from his office just before the ICLCJ verdict finds him guilty and sentenced to arrest and imprisonment in February 2013, after the Spanish government notifies Benedict that he could face arrest based on the ICLCJ evidence. Three other top Vatican officials named in the ICLCJ indictment also resign.

Based on his work, Kevin is nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by American scholars in 2014 and 2015. In 2016 he receives the coveted Prague Peace Award.

In January 2015 Kevin helps convene the first assembly of the Republic of Kanata in Winnipeg. The same month he begins a public radio program, Radio Free Kanata, which becomes Here We Stand. (www.bbsradio.com/herewestand)

Between 2016 and 2019 Kevin publishes ten books recounting the history of his campaigns, the evidence of ongoing genocide in Canada (www.murderbydecree.com), The Case for the Republic of Kanata, his biographies, and Common Law and Whistleblower Training Manuals.

Kevin is appointed the National Co-Convener for the Republic of Kanata in January 2017.

As part of the national resistance to the COVID police state, between February and November 2020, Kevin personally organizes eleven Common Law Republic Assemblies on the west coast and assists with the formation of over thirty other Assemblies across Kanata. The first National Constitutional Convention for the Republic is set for April 15-18.

Important Background Links:

1. Kevin Annett on Genocide in Canada and its coverup, black ops and smears, and his personal history – from a Toronto TV interview, September 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rk4g5l7FcFc&list=PLYEnChrKOgm7aRDzbo6yfswzCEdMl2P8e&index=1 

Individual clips from that interview: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYEnChrKOgm7aRDzbo6yfswzCEdMl2P8e

2. Unrepentant : Kevin’s award-winning documentary (2007) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyxPFPQjNfg 

3. “Who is Kevin Annett?” (2013) – an insightful personal interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AY4h3hDjOYM

4. Erasing the Erasure: On the Trail of Canada’s Biggest Cover Up – An overview article on Kevin Annett and his 25 year campaign by Sarah J. Webster  http://www.salem-news.com/articles/march262019/canada-biggest-cover-up-sw.php 

Quotes:

“Kevin Annett is more deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize than many who have received it in the past. What has been done to him is outrageous.” – Dr, Noam Chomsky, August 2002

“Kevin’s actions spoke louder than any words. He put everything in his life on the line for our people but that made him a lot of powerful enemies. Kevin’s the only white man I’ve ever come to trust.” – Ahousaht traditional elder George Hamilton, Port Alberni, 2005

“Kevin Annett made us all sit up and take notice.” – Member of Parliament Gary Mersaty, March 2008

“If there’s one man who forced genocide onto Canada’s agenda and brought justice to thousands of people, it’s Kevin Annett. He’s what my people call a righteous soul.” – Civil Rights veteran Colia Clark, New York, 2014

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