Saturday May 18, 2013
An Appeal to the People of Iran and the WorldReverend Kevin Annett, M.A., M.Div. Salem-News.com
Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper must be charged with crimes against humanity.
(BRUSSELS) - Barely three years ago, my aboriginal friend Johnny Dawson was beaten to death by three policeman in Vancouver, Canada for leading occupations of local churches that murdered more than 50,000 children in their "Indian residential schools".
The official cause of Johnny's death issued by the Vancouver Coroner's office made no mention of his broken nose and shattered jaw.
Johnny's fate is an example of how Canada's genocide of native people has never stopped.
Last year, at a tribal-approved excavation, I held in my hand bits of bones and small buttons from what appears to be the mass grave of Mohawk Indian children who died at the Church of England Indian school in Brantford, Canada, and who were buried in secret on the school grounds. But after we made this historic news public, the Canadian media refused to report any aspect of it.
Canada is a land of official silence and coverup when it comes to its own ongoing genocide. With full church and state authorization, for over a century a hundred thousand Indian children were incarcerated in special camps called "residential schools" where until 1996 they were gang raped, tortured, worked to death as slave laborers, sexually sterilized, experimented on, starved to death and exposed to communicable diseases. Half of them died there.
For twenty years, I have documented and made public the details of these crimes (www.hiddennolonger.com), and have watched as the Canadian government and the Roman Catholic, Anglican and United Churches have evaded justice and covered up their responsibility for the deliberate killing of more than 50,000 children in this infamous system.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is personally implicated in this criminal conspiracy by authorizing an official whitewash known as Canada's "Truth and Reconciliation Commission", which censors survivors' statements, minimizes the genocide, ignores the mass graves of residential school children and actually prohibits the prosecution of the guilty churches and the naming of names of the guilty. Prime Minister Harper must be made to stand before an international court of justice for this crime.
Behind Canada's global image of a humanitarian nation lies the fact that it continues to violate international law with apartheid legislation known as the Indian Act, which denies aboriginal people on reservations full citizenship rights. The death rate among Indians is forty times the national average, and Indian children are still stolen from their families and cultures in a clear plan of cultural eradication by the government that is as entrenched as it was during the time of the Indian "residential schools".
Canada's extermination of Indians is in fact continuing at an ever-quickening pace because of the demands of the United States military and corporations for Canada's uranium, water and minerals, much of which lies on Indian territory. The depleted uranium that slowly tortures and kills the children of Iraq and other Islamic nations is mined on Cree Indian land in northern Saskatchewan, where it first causes the same death among Cree aboriginal families.
Whenever we have confronted these crimes of past or present genocide in Canada, we have faced the same attacks from the government, corporations and churches responsible. A total of thirteen native activists in our network across Canada have been killed or died mysteriously in the last four years, including homeless men like Johnny Dawson in Vancouver. I believe the only reason I am still alive is because of my pale skin; and the public exposure our campaign has received.
That campaign is now escalating, as we have joined with other victims of catholic church terror in countries like America, England, Ireland, Italy and Australia. This month, we are launching an online common law court, in which the evidence of these crimes will be presented to panels of citizen judges and jurors, and an enforceable verdict will be issued.
We urgently rely on the courts and people of other nations to help us bring to justice the institutions responsible for the ongoing slaughter of indigenous people and children. We have served public summonses on Pope Benedict, the Queen and England, Prime Minister Harper of Canada and other church and state officials. On November 1, our International Common Law Court of Justice will begin revealing to the world the extent of their crimes against humanity.
For the sake of our children, living and dead, and for the victims of the worst genocide in human history, I ask for your help.
Please call and work for international economic and political sanctions to be brought against Canada for its genocide of Indians, and for a boycott of all trade and tourism to Canada. Endorse our Common Law court, and give it exposure in your media. And join us to actively dis-establish the Vatican and other churches and criminal institutions covered with the blood of so many innocent children.
Please consult the attached documents and videos.
In the name of our common humanity and our desire for justice, I thank you.
See the evidence of Genocide in Canada and other crimes against the innocent at www.hiddennolonger.com and at the website of The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State at www.itccs.org . <
Messages for Kevin Annett can be left at 250-591-4573 (Canada).
Watch Kevin's award-winning documentary film UNREPENTANT on his website www.hiddenfromhistory.org
A Canadian clergyman, Kevin Annett has for nearly twenty years led the movement to bring to light and prosecute atrocities in Christian “Indian residential schools”, and win justice for survivors. Expelled in 1995 from his former United Church of Canada for exposing murders in that church’s Indian residential schools, and persecuted and blacklisted for his efforts, Kevin is now an award-winning film maker, author, social activist and public lecturer who works with victims of church violence and genocide all over the world. In 2009, he helped to establish the five-nation International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State, which is seeking to indict church and government leaders for crimes against humanity.
As a result of Kevin’s tireless efforts on behalf of native people, the Canadian government was forced to issue a public “apology” and reparations program concerning Indian residential schools, in July of 2008. In giving him the name Eagle Strong Voice in 2007, Anishinabe elder Louis Daniels declared, “Kevin Annett is doing what few of his people have done, and that is to speak about the crimes they committed against many of our nations and their children. He has earned a place forever in our hearts and history. He is a brave and prophetic man. I ask everyone to welcome him and heed his voice.” And scholar Noam Chomsky wrote in 2006, “Kevin Annett is more deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize than many of those who have received it.”
Special thanks to Bill Annett
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