COMMENTARY · 17th October 2011
News Item: Amnesty International Canada calls on government to arrest former US President George W. Bush Jr. upon his arrival
Before Amnesty Canada's Director Alex Neve gets too indignant over the crimes of the latest Ugly American - in this case, George Bush - he should try looking closer to home for war crimes.
The systematic torture and starvation of children was authorized by generations of Canadian politicians and church leaders in their murderous "Indian residential schools", and thousands of kids died as a result. That's children: not fully grown political detainees at Guantanamo prison. And yet not one person has ever been arrested or tried in Canada for the deaths of these innocents, and no Canadian human rights activist - including Mr. Neve - has called for the prosecution of a Canadian head of state for these home grown crimes against humanity.
Perhaps my analogy, and the hypocrisy, escapes Alex Neve. After all, he and his group are funded by the very Canadian churches that committed the residential schools massacre; and he lives in a nation where raping a child is now less of a crime, under the law, than growing marijuana.
Merv, with respect..
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 17th October 2011
The social impact of the colonization was not and likely is not taught is schools even today. That does not mean it is hidden. You can find out about all the gory details in history books that are available in college libraries. Unless you major in early Canadian history you might not even get this in college. There is an argument to be made about whether it is suitable discussion for school children but we don’t give all the graphic details of wars either. That does not prove the validity of Annett’s claims. It also does not prove a conspiracy.
Annett has been making his claims for a long time. There is not a shred of new evidence brought forward by him but the allegations get more exaggerated with time. That is why very few journalists pay attention and that is why some first nation groups object to his tactics. There is no evidence to suggest that the government apology given to first nations had anything to do with him. It came more out of an awareness that there were issues, including the land question, that governments needed to settle.
Residential schools and what went on there is also not hidden. I have spoken to some who had some terrible experiences like the ones you mention but I have also spoken to some who do not regret learning skills that were very useful later. The courts are still dealing with many of the first category and that will/should continue. It is clear that the policies of the colonial governments was misguided and throughout the world there are similar examples that require redress for victims.
The cases of Judge Ramsey, Willie Picton, the prevalence child abuse in general, or sled dogs do not prove any of Annett’s claims. We can have a discussion of all these subjects but they are unrelated to the terrible historical treatment of First Nations. The most basic requirement of forensic evidence is currently not supporting Mr. Annett.
His situation may be a consequence of his own actions and have nothing to do with any conspiracy against him. Sometimes a conspiracy theory is just the fallout from lacking the courage to face one’s own lack of credibilty. Of course sometimes there is a conspiracy. That is a subject of discussion. Annett has had ample time to temper his accusations until he uncovers hard evidence. I think that is why he finds himself not listened to very much.
Comment by Steve Smyth on 17th October 2011
Why do you continue to print the twaddle that this man offers up? He has been disproven time and time again by everyone including the FN he proports to work for.
All you are doing is giving him a soapbox to beat his chest from and to hurl his insults to the wind.
If a White Caucasion offered the same pap, he'd be thrown before every tribunal in the land.
Ed Note: One could respond with the answer, the same reason we print the "twaddle" that the BC Gov't and NDP "offer up".
But the truth is not what was written in the Tyee article (link provided by earlier comment) it is much closer to what Annett has documented. The Tyee article purports to claim every one knows that the Health officer reported 50% of the children who attended the Res schools died. He claims everyone knows all of these things that Annett reports. That is clearly not true. Did you get taught that in school, that the Canadian government deliberately committed genocide right through to the 50`s even though their health officer advised them at the start of the century?
The only reason we have an apology from the government is because of the constant work of Annett. The only reason there is a truth and rec commission is because "like a dog with a bone", he would not give up.
Of course there are FN who don't agree with him. But there are also, in my estimation, a greater number who do. After meeting and living among the first nations communities, listening to the stories of the elders, those who were raped by officials of every 'stripe', I am far more inclined to believe his reports than those who deny him.
Money, the comforts of life, positions and stature, are not easily obtained by those who stand and accuse their leaders.
Don't ever forget Judge Ramsey, the PG guy in the robe and the complicit RCMP that ignored the truth of the young native girl for years until she embarrassed him in front of the media as he was arriving at court for a high profile trial. If she hadn't got noticed this would still be "Just a rumour".
Paedophilia is world wide and in the highest places. What kind of conceited mindset do you have about BC and Canada that you believe it isn't happening here?
The accusation was about Ed John too. There has been no trial, no investigation, and yes he is very high profile. Hmmm guess the Judge was an exception to the rule.
So there is your answer. Willy Pickton was exposed years before anyone took action. It was just Indians, who cared? Just because it is too difficult to accept does not make it untrue.
Here is a better question. Why did the province hire an international forensics team to excavated and examine the details of the deaths of the sled dogs in Whistler? And they refuse to even acknowledge the 50,000 dead Indian children?
I believe it is time for a re-examination of all our preconceived misconceptions!
Read about Ramsey - You think he was alone?
Google - Fathers For Justice Judge Ramsey
And read the comments at the end of the Tyee Article.
Comment by Mr. Peters on 17th October 2011
Whom would you like to see arrested, and with what crimes should they be charged?
Maybe it is because of ...
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 17th October 2011
...articles like this http://thetyee.ca/Views/2008/04/30/TruthAndAbuse/ . And please don't tell me that Terry Glavin is part of the conspiracy.