Via Mahatma X Files & the Indigenist Intelligence Review
Hidden from History– 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.
Eagle Strong Voice and IHRTGC elders will present the Mass Graves List at the United Nations on April 19, and will ask United Nations agencies to protect and monitor the mass graves as part of a genuine inquiry and judicial prosecution of those responsible for this Canadian Genocide.
Statement excerpts– We are gathered today to publicly disclose the location of twenty eight mass graves of children who died in Indian Residential Schools across Canada , and to announce the formation of an independent, non-governmental inquiry into the death and disappearance of children in these schools.
We estimate that there are hundreds, and possibly thousands, of children buried in these grave sites alone.
The Catholic, Anglican and United Church , and the government of Canada, operated the schools and hospitals where these mass graves are located. We therefore hold these institutions and their officers legally responsible and liable for the deaths of these children.
We have no confidence that the very institutions of church and state that are responsible for these deaths can conduct any kind of impartial or real inquiry into them. Accordingly, as of April 15, 2008, we are establishing an independent, non-governmental inquiry into the death and disappearance of Indian residential school children across Canada .
Today, we are releasing to this Tribunal and to the people of the world the enclosed information on the location of mass graves connected to Indian residential schools and hospitals in order to prevent the destruction of this crucial evidence by the Canadian government, the RCMP and the Anglican, Catholic and United Church of Canada.
List of sites at link.
PS. Dodging the Potato (Bullet)- This did make me think that if my ancestors had left Ireland (some potato/lack of related incident apparently) and gone to North America/Canada they would have been part of the invading mass that did these things. In fact while they wouldn’t have been the bosses, maybe lower middle class at best, they would of been among the footsoldiers, the workers who were set against indigenous people. Instead they took the shortest boat trip to Britain where they were filthy immigrants for a generation or two but of course being white assimilation to the English was not impossible (although they remained catholic dammit). So they got to be pretty low on the social order initially but if they had gone across the Atlantic they would still have been a rung higher than the actual owners of the land simply by default racist invader Genocide logic. For the few who may have realised the crimes and sided with the indigenous owners of North America, well it’s unlikely they are the people who have big homes going back generations shall we say. And that ‘opportunity’ the North American continent offered will have played a role in European’s decisions, just as corporations profiting off low paid workers around the world see an ‘opportunity’. People doing this, seeing a chance to profit from exploitation or outright theft from others are still celebrated for their success. So while the initial stages where genocidal programs are utilised may be over in some territories (not though for example Iraq) the underlying values are unchanging. The relatively wealthy corporate apparatchik jetting around the globe is the same as the settler/invader telling themselves how their hard work gave them this great house and life (shall we say lifestyle), except that accumulation of capital to themselves is made out of other peoples suffering. That their ‘success’ remains lionised explains how these past crimes and current ones occur. The praise of riches is the praise of exploitation, and worse.