Mass Grave Sites across Canada to be Surveyed by International Tribunal; Prime Minister Harper to be Summoned to Answer Charges
The five-nation Executive of the International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS) today authorized the commencement of an immediate investigation into alleged mass graves of children at former Indian residential schools across Canada.
ITCCS forensic assessment teams and investigators will arrive in Canada tomorrow to lead this inquiry in conjunction with local aboriginal elders.
The ITCCS action has been sparked by the refusal of Canadian Prime Minister Steven Harper to respond to two letters from the ITCCS Executive asking that his government investigate the graves and commence criminal proceedings against the churches responsible for the deaths of children in the residential schools.
School survivors and indigenous elders in three regions of Canada have requested the ITCCS intervention, and will cooperate with the ITCCS teams to produce hard evidence of mass murder in the schools. This evidence will be submitted to the opening session of the ITCCS on September 12, 2011 in London, England.
"We will be issuing a Public Summons to Prime Minister Harper this week requiring his presence at our Tribunal, to answer charges of obstructing justice and aiding and abetting a crime against humanity" said Rev. Kevin Annett, Secretary of the ITCCS Executive.
"We have issued a similar Summons to Pope Joseph Ratzinger and six senior catholic cardinals, and will be asking common law peace officers to enforce the Summons.
"We call on all residential school survivors in Canada to cooperate with our inquiry and boycott the Canadian government's so-called 'Truth and Reconciliation Commission', whose actions are obstructing justice, silencing eyewitnesses and whitewashing this enormous genocide."
The ITCCS forensic investigation teams' actions can be monitored on its website www.itccs.org
. For more information, contact the ITCCS at genocidetribunal,,,yahoo.ca .
Authorized by the ITCCS Executive:
Rev. Kevin Annett, Secretary
Henry Bear, LL.B., Maliseet Nation, Chief Prosecutor
Chief Peter Yellow Quill, Anishinabe Nation
Ken Bear Chief, Legal assistant
Andrew Paterson, Common Law advisor
Gerry O'Donovan, David O'Brien and Kevin Flanagan: ITCCS Ireland and Religious Abuse Truth
Matthew McDaniel, Akha Heritage, Thailand