posted on Jul, 17 2013 @ 07:19 AM
Many nations are known to have done some pretty nasty things to their Natives as they created "The New World" so it's no surprise to most of us that
Canada also took part in mistreating their aboriginals. The mistreatment of our Natives went on for hundreds of years. Thankfully things aren't as bad
as they used to be but there is still room for improvement.
Research has recently uncovered that the Candadian government witheld food from Native children (and adults) just to conduct "nutritional
experiments". Yes, I admit we have done much worse, but this is still very despicable and it pains me to know that our government were up to this in
our not so distant past.
Recently published historical research says hungry aboriginal children and adults were once used as unwitting subjects in nutritional experiments
by Canadian government bureaucrats.
“This was the hardest thing I’ve ever written,” said Ian Mosby, who has revealed new details about one of the least-known but perhaps most
disturbing aspects of government policy toward aboriginals immediately after the Second World War.
Mosby – whose work at the University of Guelph focuses on the history of food in Canada – was researching the development of health policy when he
ran across something strange.
“I started to find vague references to studies conducted on ‘Indians’ that piqued my interest and seemed potentially problematic, to say the
least,” he said. “I went on a search to find out what was going on.”
Government documents eventually revealed a long-standing, government-run experiment that came to span the entire country and involved at least 1,300
aboriginals, most of them children.
It began with a 1942 visit by government researchers to a number of remote reserve communities in northern Manitoba, including places such as The Pas
and Norway House.
They found people who were hungry, beggared by a combination of the collapsing fur trade and declining government support. They also found a
demoralized population marked by, in the words of the researchers, “shiftlessness, indolence, improvidence and inertia.”
The researchers suggested those problems – “so long regarded as inherent or hereditary traits in the Indian race” – were in fact the results
Instead of recommending an increase in support, the researchers decided that isolated, dependent, hungry people would be ideal subjects for tests on
the effects of different diets.
“This is a period of scientific uncertainty around nutrition,” said Mosby. “Vitamins and minerals had really only been discovered during the
“In the 1940s, there were a lot of questions about what are human requirements for vitamins. Malnourished aboriginal people became viewed as
possible means of testing these theories.”
The first experiment began in 1942 on 300 Norway House Cree. Of that group, 125 were selected to receive vitamin supplements which were withheld from
At the time, researchers calculated the local people were living on less than 1,500 calories a day. Normal, healthy adults generally require at least
“The research team was well aware that these vitamin supplements only addressed a small part of the problem,” Mosby writes. “The experiment
seems to have been driven, at least in part, by the nutrition experts’ desire to test their theories on a ready-made ‘laboratory’ populated with
already malnourished human experimental subjects.”
The research spread. In 1947, plans were developed for research on about 1,000 hungry aboriginal children in six residential schools in Port Alberni,
B.C.; Kenora, Ont.; Schubenacadie, N.S.; and Lethbridge, Alta.
One school deliberately held milk rations for two years to less than half the recommended amount to get a ‘baseline’ reading for when the
allowance was increased. At another, children were divided into one group that received vitamin, iron and iodine supplements and one that didn’t.
One school depressed levels of vitamin B1 to create another baseline before levels were boosted. A special enriched flour that couldn’t legally be
sold elsewhere in Canada under food adulteration laws was used on children at another school.
And, so that all the results could be properly measured, one school was allowed none of those supplements.
Many dental services were withdrawn from participating schools during that time. Gum health was an important measuring tool for scientists and they
didn’t want treatments on children’s teeth distorting results.
I find it a bit more than coincidental that this began immediately after WW2 which is when many top level Nazis scientists among others skill sets
were brought to North America. One example is Operation Paper Clip, many of these Nazis became important parts of NASA and the CIA. They came to
Canada too as we were instrumental in developing technologies. This is just a side note, and speculation on my behalf but I believe it needed to be
pointed out. The Nazis were heavily into eugenics, and so was the American government, and it's quite obvious that the Canadian government was too
regarding their treatment of our Natives.
Anyone who would purposely deprive a child of nutrition for experimental purposes has to be mentally ill, evil, or maybe both. All I can say is that
we must start learning from our mistakes so we may quit repeating them. As we speak there are many regions on this planet where similar experiments
are being allowed on people who others seem to think are inferior.
Let's hope that one day no living being will ever have to suffer this type of evil ever again.
edit on 7/17/2013 by Corruption Exposed because:
(no reason given)