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At a public ceremony and press conference held today outside the colonial "Indian Affairs" building in downtown Vancouver, the Friends and Relatives of the Disappeared (FRD) released a list of twenty eight mass graves across Canada holding the remains of untold numbers of aboriginal children who died in Indian Residential Schools.
The list was distributed today to the world media and to United Nations agencies, as the first act of the newly-formed International Human Rights Tribunal into Genocide in Canada (IHRTGC), a non-governmental body established by indigenous elders.
In a statement read by FRD spokesperson Eagle Strong Voice, it was declared that the IHRTGC would commence its investigations on April 15, 2008, the fourth Annual Aboriginal Holocaust Memorial Day. This inquiry will involve international human rights observers from Guatemala and Cyprus, and will convene aboriginal courts of justice where those persons and institutions responsible for the death and suffering of residential school children will be tried and sentenced.
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This documentary reveals Canada's darkest secret - the deliberate extermination of indigenous (Native American) peoples and the theft of their land under the guise of religion. This never before told history as seen through the eyes of this former minister (Kevin Annett) who blew the whistle on his own church, after he learned of thousands of murders in its Indian Residential Schools.
Native Americans Secretly Sterilized - Then United Nations ambassador George H.W. Bush used U.S. government money to sterilize undesirables around the world, including 25-50% of Native American women of child-bearing age (statistically, ages 15-44).
Originally posted by CreeWolf
Its not so much the part about how these children died. Everyone should know that it wasn't the musket that killed the most Indians; it was the microbe. The part that pisses me off is the fact that it has been so long since these locations were disclosed. This is the part that upsets the Indian. Not so much the "forced" attempted indoctrination of these children, but not being able to properly mourn the loss; to perform the proper ceremonies in the reasonable amount of time.
Assimilation may be survival in today's World, but if I were an indian, I'd never surrender my cultural heritage no matter what the cost. That's like a person's memories and self-identity, and should never be taken away from them.
The Canadian government is at least trying to treat First Nations as people these days, but they haven't made as much progress I think as the Americans. We are a defeated peoples. Survival these days is assimilation. That does not mean we should lose our "culture" (you came HERE) but if you treat the Indian as people as you so strive to each other, and leave us the reservations so we can keep our culture alive (we can't just "go" back to our own land since you are on it), there is no reason everyone can't be happy.
There probably isn't much luck of that happening any time soon. Greed seems to motivate most human actions anymore.
At least disclosing these locations is a small step. Now, if those damn Canucks would quit flooding our reservations and God forbid, discover oil or uranium on them, things will be just fine.