by Rev. Kevin D. Annett
“I believe the conditions are being deliberately created in our Indian schools to spread infectious disease. The mortality rate among students often exceed 50%. this is a national crime.” Dr. Peter Bryce, Ontario Health Commission, in his report to Department of Indian Affairs Superintendent Duncan Scott, May, 1909.
“We couldn’t begin to investigate all the deaths at the Alberni residential school. It would be too huge an investigation.” Constable Gerry Peters, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Vancouver, October 3rd, 1997 “Doctor Darby, the United Church missionary in our village, told me in 1952 he was being paid by the Department of Indian Affairs for every Indian he sterilised.” Ethel Wilson of Bella Bella, B.C., to a Human Rights Tribunal, Vancouver, June 13th, 1998.
In March of this year, a United Nations Human Rights panel declared what many of us have known for years: that Canada is in violation of International law for its treatment of Native Peoples, and that the condition of Aboriginals ‘is the most pressing human rights issue facing Canadians.’ At least among its Caucasian citizens, and so-called ‘world opinion’, Canada has not been considered to be among the ranks of genocidal nations which have slaughtered 1000’s of its native people: until recently. But now, many eye-witnesses to murder, torture, sexual sterilisation and READ MORE