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COMMENTARY · 14th February 2013
Merv Ritchie
This article was originally published on November 12, 2012. It is timely and apt to reproduce it now after the recent release of the Human Rights Watch Report. None of the contents of the report was new to people who pay attention in the North. The Provincial Government and the Federal Governments of Canada have absolutely and completely failed the Indian Peoples up to the present day. They must abdicate their authority and start a process to allow these people to return to their traditional forms of governance. The proof is in the tiring, repeated history. Nothing will change until the governance system changes.


News reports across the globe today are describing the now official Australian government investigation into the allegations of extensive child abuse committed by the Catholics and other Churches. The cover-up by the police and other officials is also part of the investigation. British Columbia is still refusing to accept this reality, yet our Churches are equally accused of this and even for the deaths of over 50,000 children.

From the missing women’s inquiry cover-up to the highway of tears, those men and women the public and media referred to as “Officials” continue to gloss over truth and exclude details from examination which might lead directly to high offices of power and influence.

Judge Ramsey could not have been the only high ranking pedophile in the judicial system of British Columbia. Although he was finally exposed, the child who fearlessly went after him had complained repeatedly to other “Officials” without receiving any support or having her accusations investigated. The Prince George RCMP can rightly be accused of covering it up too. In fact Prince George RCMP officers who were also accused had the charges dropped as, once again, the time delays in bringing charges relieved them of the accusations. One of the young girls, who were exposing it all, finally lost her own life in despair and tragedy, knowing full well the RCMP would get away with it. One officer even had the audacity to sue the force.

Celynn was 13 years old when she was attacked by Ramsay. Her father stated; "My daughter told me by name about several police officers who abused her or were regular dates paying for sex," adding "This is why we're demanding a public inquiry into how a prominent and well-known judge could have openly picked up and abused all these underage girls, like my daughter, without the police knowing,"

Up and down Highway 16, from Prince George to Prince Rupert, one can hear anecdotal stories of RCMP members picking up young girls, from in town or on the highway, and raping them. Elder women still tell the stories but then, like now, they know there is no chance of justice. The stories from the residential schools and churches are not anecdotal. These are well documented and include direct descriptions of murder by their supposed caretakers.

From downtown Vancouver we have detailed descriptions of the police picking up the hardcore addicts and prostitutes who ended up at the Piggy’s Palace, the Willie Pickton Farm, where they were never heard from again.

When Wally Oppal’s “Official” inquiry was facing these hard questions of RCMP and the Vancouver Police, including the involvement of the Hells Angels, he ordered those lawyers to cease asking those questions.

For years many groups have been demanding the Provincial and Federal Government of Canada examine the already identified areas of unmarked graves of thousands of native children. Yet the only independent international forensic team ordered into BC was to examine the graves of the sled dogs killed in Whistler.

Even Dogs are treated with more dignity than the Indian peoples of BC.

The difficulty in finding support from the Indian villages is due to the replication of the pedophilia disease taught by the Priests, Nuns and Police to the children. Many went home and continued what they learned, on their own families. Today some Elected Chiefs and Councillors in reserve communities, those in Treaty Societies and Economic Development Organizations are alleged to have committed these same crimes. Even Ed John was accused of being part of the problem in 2000 after he was appointed to be the Children and Families Minister. He subsequently initiated a lawsuit to quash the reports on his alleged activities.

In the Gitxsan Nation’s treaty society there have been numerous allegations against the spouse of a director. In the Tsimshian Nation there are dozens more allegations of abuse perpetrated between family members and almost every Indian person in the Northwest knows many direct relatives who were either abused or an abuser. All these traits were taught to them by the Church and the residential school system. It was never a part of the Hereditary System of governance as any perpetrator of such horrors would have been dealt with in the traditional manner, death.

Jenny Helgren, the girl who finally exposed Judge Ramsey for his brutal, repeatedly, assaults, spoke about this on an internet thread.

“I am Jenny Helgren I was the victim that Ramsey was sentenced to seven years for. I read peoples comments here all the time and it saddens me to see how many of you are still so naive to the world around you. Some of you say that because Ramsey got cancer and died behind bars that was somehow justice, well think about this. For him it is over now, I however will live with the horror that i face everyday for many years to come. The sad honest truth is that for me there is no real justice, nothing can undo the struggle that i endure everyday of my life. And to those of you who have heard that there were other authority figures involved don’t worry as soon as i have enough strength again i will bring them to justice as well. I pray to God everyday to give me the strength to not ignore the things that so many others do. And in time all must answer for what they have done. However there is no real justice only false justice. As once something is done it can never be undone.”

Ms. Helgren was picked out of her group home (run by the same Ministry Ed John took over) by pimps, whom she also had jailed. The entire “Official” system is rotten.

As citizens we relinquish our responsibilities to government structures expecting them to run things on our behalf. This has failed our communities time and time again.

The Australian Government has finally taken a step in the correct direction, challenging the organization claiming to have the highest authority over people and their spirits. A high ranking officer who had been put in charge of probing sexual assaults for 35 years, stated he had “irrefutable” evidence over sexual abuses by clergies, but a superior officer had ordered him not to follow the case.

“Often the church knows but does nothing other than protect the pedophile and its own reputation,” stated Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox. “I can testify from my own experience that the church covers up, silences victims, hinders police investigations, alerts offenders, destroys evidence and moves priests to protect the good name of the church.”

It is not just the Church, it is our Politicians, our Police, our Media and our Industry Leaders.

Maybe we are all to blame for being afraid to expose our own pain, to allow ourselves to immerse ourselves in entertainment, drugs and alcohol to hide from the uncomfortable reality of our own families.

As we allow the Federal Government to excuse themselves from the corrupt election practices, the Provincial Government from the BC Rail scandal, and the Missing Women’s inquiry to avoid looking in obvious directions, we also allow our most treasured sacred institutions to continue as if nothing ever happened. The RCMP and the Catholic Church are on the top of this list. From direct evidence to anecdotal evidence, the refusal to accept the reality and worse, to defend these institutions, is to be complicit in their crimes.

To much to believe? The Franklin Scandal Here.
Gotta love the dogs vs humans...
Comment by maggiejo johnson on 14th February 2013
Yes. Even DOGS are treated better in 'the system' than our own children growing within our wombs.

First Nations tradionally host au understanding of 'HONORING' children in the womb. What the heck is up wid 'da rest of us not realizing that it's not Religion that proves a child is alive in the womb??? While SCIENCE has proved it all along to be so!

Hats off to the First Nations in this regard who didn't require Science to tell them that, as they knew it all along....

Dogs vs humans?

We can all make that decision in the right frame of mind....