Oct 28th, 2012
by Heather Martin
I just stumbled across a press release dated April 10, 2008 from the Daily Kos that states that 28 confirmed Mass Grave Sites were identified across Canada… Now this is not shocking news, because we know that Kevin was at one of those sites (Brantford, Ontario) for his famous Mush-Hole dig… What is surprising are the names at the bottom of the release, in particular those of Chief Kapilano and Chief Daniels (who gave Kevin Annett his ‘Indian’ name) who, along with Kevin Annett, comprised the International Human Rights Tribunal into Genocide in Canada. Kevin Annett is no stranger to Tribunals… he was smack-dab in the middle of the last one (Vancouver 1998) where he met notable human rights activists that he later smeared and defamed on his various interviews, Facebook posts and urgent action updates. Undoubtedly the disclosure of these grave sites came directly from some of the victims who gave their testimonies at the Tribunal.
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.
This inquiry shall be known as The International Human Rights Tribunal into Genocide in Canada (IHRTGC), and is established under the authority of the following hereditary chiefs, who shall serve as presiding judges of the Tribunal:
Hereditary Chief Kiapilano of the Squamish Nation
Chief Louis Daniels (Whispers Wind), Anishinabe Nation Chief Svnoyi Wohali (Night Eagle), Cherokee Nation
Lillian Shirt, Clan Mother, Cree Nation
Elder Ernie Sandy, Anishinabe (Ojibway) Nation
Hereditary Chief Steve Sampson, Chemainus Nation
Ambassador Chief Red Jacket of Turtle Island
An inquiry is scheduled to start today…
Mass Graves at former Indian Residential Schools and Hospitals across Canada
A. British Columbia
- Port Alberni: Presbyterian- United Church school (1895-1973), now occupied by the Nuu-Chah-Nulth Tribal Council (NTC) office, Kitskuksis Road. Grave site is a series of sinkhole rows in hills 100 metres due west of the NTC building, in thick foliage, past an unused water pipeline. Children also interred at Tseshaht reserve cemetery, and in wooded gully east of Catholic cemetery on River Road.
- Alert Bay: St. Michael’s Anglican school (1878-1975), situated on Cormorant Island offshore from Port McNeill. Presently building is used by Namgis First Nation. Site is an overgrown field adjacent to the building, and also under the foundations of the present new building, constructed during the 1960’s. Skeletons seen “between the walls”.
- Kuper Island: Catholic school (1890-1975), offshore from Chemainus. Land occupied by Penelakut Band. Former building is destroyed except for a staircase. Two grave sites: one immediately south of the former building, in a field containing a conventional cemetery; another at the west shoreline in a lagoon near the main dock.
- Nanaimo Indian Hospital: Indian Affairs and United Church experimental facility (1942-1970) on Department of National Defense land. Buildings now destroyed. Grave sites are immediately east of former buildings on Fifth avenue, adjacent to and south of Malaspina College.
- Mission: St. Mary’s Catholic school (1861-1984), adjacent to and north of Lougheed Highway and Fraser River Heritage Park. Original school buildings are destroyed, but many foundations are visible on the grounds of the Park.
In this area there are two grave sites: a) immediately adjacent to former girls’ dormitory and present cemetery for priests, and a larger mass grave in an artificial earthen mound, north of the cemetery among overgrown foliage and blackberry bushes, and b) east of the old school grounds, on the hilly slopes next to the field leading to the newer school building which is presently used by the Sto:lo First Nation. Hill site is 150 metres west of building.
- North Vancouver: Squamish (1898-1959) and Sechelt (1912-1975) Catholic schools, buildings destroyed. Graves of children who died in these schools interred in the Squamish Band Cemetery, North Vancouver.
- Sardis: Coqualeetza Methodist-United Church school (1889-1940), then experimental hospital run by federal government (1940-1969). Native burial site next to Sto:lo reserve and Little Mountain school, also possibly adjacent to former school-hospital building.
- Cranbrook: St. Eugene Catholic school (1898-1970), recently converted into a tourist “resort” with federal funding, resulting in the covering-over of a mass burial site by a golf course in front of the building. Numerous grave sites are around and under this golf course.
- Williams Lake: Catholic school (1890-1981), buildings destroyed but foundations intact, five miles south of city. Grave sites reported north of school grounds and under foundations of tunnel-like structure.
- Meares Island (Tofino): Kakawis-Christie Catholic school (1898-1974). Buildings incorporated into Kakawis Healing Centre. Body storage room reported in basement, adjacent to burial grounds south of school.
- Kamloops: Catholic school (1890-1978). Buildings intact. Mass grave south of school, adjacent to and amidst orchard. Numerous burials witnessed there.
- Lytton: St. George’s Anglican school (1901-1979). Graves of students flogged to death, and others, reported under floorboards and next to playground.
- Fraser Lake: Lejac Catholic school (1910-1976), buildings destroyed. Graves reported under old foundations and between the walls.
- Edmonton: United Church school (1919-1960), presently site of the Poundmaker Lodge in St. Albert. Graves of children reported south of former school site, under thick hedge that runs north-south, adjacent to memorial marker.
- Edmonton: Charles Camsell Hospital (1945-1967), building intact, experimental hospital run by Indian Affairs and United Church. Mass graves of children from hospital reported south of building, near staff garden.
- Saddle Lake: Bluequills Catholic school (1898-1970), building intact, skeletons and skulls observed in basement furnace. Mass grave reported adjacent to school.
- Hobbema: Ermineskin Catholic school (1916-1973), five intact skeletons observed in school furnace. Graves under former building foundations.
- Brandon: Methodist-United Church school (1895-1972). Building intact. Burials reported west of school building.
- Portage La Prairie: Presbyterian- United Church school (1895-1950). Children buried at nearby Hillside Cemetery.
- Norway House: Methodist-United Church school (1900-1974). “Very old” grave site next to former school building, demolished by United Church in 2004.
- Thunder Bay: Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital, still in operation. Experimental centre. Women and children reported buried adjacent to hospital grounds.
- Sioux Lookout: Pelican Lake Catholic school (1911-1973). Burials of children in mound near to school.
- Kenora: Cecilia Jeffrey school, Presbyterian- United Church (1900-1966). Large burial mound east of former school.
- Fort Albany: St. Anne’s Catholic school (1936-1964). Children killed in electric chair buried next to school.
- Spanish: Catholic school (1883-1965). Numerous graves.
- Brantford: Mohawk Institute, Anglican church (1850-1969), building intact. Series of graves in orchard behind school building, under rows of trees.
- Sault Ste. Marie: Shingwauk Anglican school (1873-1969), some intact buildings. Several graves of children reported on grounds of old school.
- Montreal: Allan Memorial Institute, McGill University, still in operation since opening in 1940. MKULTRA experimental centre. Mass grave of children killed there north of building, on southern slopes of Mount Royal behind stone wall.
What is also interesting is the following “Announcement” made the previous year by Jeremiah Jourdain (who we now know is actually Kevin Annett) and Chief Daniels, inviting survivors to give their testimony at a ‘travelling tribunal’ which was due to begin at the same time as the Truth and Reconcilliation Commission hearings. What I can tell you is that after reading a bazillion of Kevin’s Action Alerts I know that Kevin wrote the following post on rabble.ca… Also, please note that 260 Kennedy Street is the address of Lori O-Rourke (Kevin’s partner) where donations were being solicited….
What I am getting at here is that you can see that this was the point when Kevin had really begun to hijack the Residential School issue. Here we see an announcement of a ‘travelling tribunal’ which seems to smack of today’s ‘online tribunal’ that Kevin presides over. Honestly, what has changed in how this man operates in the past 5 years?
What is most sad is that out of 28 Residential Schools that allegedly have mass graves, only one has been excavated to date and the results of that dig were nothing short of disasterous for the still buried children of at least 28 Residential Schools. All I can say is that Kevin either did his job really badly…. or really well….. I’ll let you (dear reader) decide.
The International Human Rights Tribunal
into Genocide in Canada (IHRTGC)
To all survivors of “Indian Residential Schools” and “Indian Hospitals”, and their families and descendents:
An Invitation to make History
The time has come for the full truth of the crimes of the residential schools to be shared before the world, so that those responsible can be brought to justice, and the spirits of the departed can be laid to a final rest.
Commencing on September 5, 2007, a travelling human rights Tribunal will visit many indigenous nations across Canada to hold public and private sessions where you can share your story and other evidence regarding what actually went on in the residential schools and hospitals – and how these crimes against our people are continuing today.
Convened under the land law jurisdictions of the Anishinabe, Cree and Metis Nations, this Tribunal has a simple mandate: to gather the proof that genocide of indigenous people occured and is occuring across Canada.
One of the primary aims of the Tribunal is to identify the fate and buried location of the more than 50,000 children who died in residential schools and hospitals, and arrange the repatriation of their remains to their traditional territories for a proper burial.
The Tribunal will open in Port Alberni, British Columbia, on September 5, 2007, and will travel eastward over the following three months. It will include international human rights observers from indigenous nations around the world, local tribal elders, and members of the media.
Before the end of this year, we plan to present our findings to the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York City.
We, the founding elders of the International Human Rights Tribunal into Genocide in Canada (IHRTGC), personally invite you to to welcome us onto your territory and to fully participate in our work and sessions. We need to hear your stories and gather the evidence that will make justice a reality.
We ask you to circulate this notice to your friends and families, and to encourage your own elders to welcome us and participate in our work. Please contact us at the numbers below if you can help us.
We look forward to working with you to end the suffering and bring a true and lasting healing to all our peoples. The truth shall set us all free.
With warmest regards and in the spirit of our Creator,
Louis Daniels – Whispers Wind, Elder, Anishinabe Nation
Jeremiah Jourdain, Elder, Metis-Cree Nation
The International Human Rights Tribunal into Genocide in Canada (IHRTGC)
c/o 260 Kennedy St.
Nanaimo, B.C. Canada V9R 2H8
(after September 4, leave a message at 1-888-265-1007 or email us at these addresses: email@example.com
Our website is: http://www.hiddenfromhistory.org
Issued under the authority of our Hereditary Land Law Jurisdiction from unceded Coast Salish Territory, Turtle Island, 23 August, 2007
This Tribunal will be collecting information at the same time as Canada’s ‘Truth Commission’ is beginning.
To understand the important differences between the two, listen to Part 2 of this CBC radio ‘As it Happens’ show:
I think Bob Watts has a lot of credibility as Chair of the government’s Truth Commission. However, he will be limited by government in some ways, no doubt.
I hope that Kevin Annett’s Tribunal will focus significant international attention on these issues, particularly the missing children.
The following appears at the bottom of Kevin Annett’s e-book:
Send a cheque or money order made out to:
Lori O’Rorke 260 Kennedy St., Nanaimo, B.C. Canada V9R 2H8
FOR MORE INFORMATION Contact Kevin Annett at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone at 250-591-4573