Has there ever been a greater con-artist and abuser of Natives than the very Reverend Kevin Annett (McNamee, O’Neil, Ui Niall, Eagle Strong Voice)? Yet again he has resurrected the ghosts of scams past to bring poor Harriet Nahanee to center stage of a new post and new claims of a government cover-up.
Layers of confusion are always what follows a posting from the non-existent Brussels office of the ITCCS and his latest posting is a real doozy. What Annett wants you to believe is that a secret communique has now magically arrived on his doorstep finally vindicating the past 20 or so years of fleecing he has engaged in.
“This memo explains why the first independent inquiry into residential school crimes in June, 1998 was so effectively disrupted and halted, and why so many key witnesses have been shut down or even killed since 1998. It shows how the enormous black ops and smear campaign against ITCCS and Kevin Annett is connected to this covert program by the Canadian government, and that it is still killing off native people today. It all confirms an enormous and deliberate travesty of justice by church and state in Canada to conceal their own crimes.”
The first independent inquiry, of course, was the one arranged by IHRAAM (a UN affiliated NGO). Various Native activists across North America and had been invited to come to Canada to be part of a tribunal into the Indian Residential Schools. Nahanee, James Craven and other activists were invited to participate as ‘jurors’. According to sources Kevin Annett was disruptive to the proceedings, levelling allegations against many members at the Tribunal and spreading rumors behind peoples backs. Nahanee at that time had been a long time friend of James Craven and had worked with Annett on various protests since 1995, but Nahannee soon ended her ‘friendship’ with Annett after allegations against him arose from the Circle of Justice. Allegations flew from both directions, most of them coming from Annett, labelling various participants like Ed John and James Craven as FBI snitches. To what end did it benefit Annett to tell IHRAAM not to trust these people who would do nothing but raise the consciousness of the world if not to make himself the sole champion of the Native cause? Why would it matter unless Annett was looking to undo or cover up the damage he had done by talking behind peoples backs? Deflect, misdirect, confuse to proctect? If Annett had truly been the target of ‘badjacketing’ as he claimed, would his staunch supporters not come to his aid to refute any claims against him? Would the truth not set him free?
As for the truth’s in the above statement issued by Annett, it is not true that the Tribunal was halted, as if by interference or even the disruption he participated in. In fact, a report was completed and published by Annett here: http://canadiangenocide.nativeweb.org/genocide.pdf
A growing unrest among west coast aboriginals associated with the litigation presently before the BCSC (British Columbia Supreme Court) may lead to the rise of splinter factions that seek to exploit public sentiment over the United Church AIRS (Alberni Indian Residential School) disclosures. Protests and other direct actions by the NYM (Native Youth Movement) and the group associated with ANNETT and NAHANEE have already been planned in these circles … Any independent investigations by these groups into burial sites near AIRS could spell disaster and must be stopped through special ops conducted by the usual RCMP units and private contracted parties … The living aboriginal eyewitnesses pose as damaging a security risk to the government and the churches responsible as do such investigations. These witnesses must be contained or eliminated.
The portion of ‘the memo’ published to the ITCCS site lacks any validity because it omits important details needed to verify it’s source. No letter head, no date, or any other identification corroberates the source of this claim (ie. a scanned copy of the original document)….just a bunch of words you’re supposed to believe came from your wicked, evil, awful government…unless you can offer up proof that the words contained in the CSIS memo are real. This, in my humble opinion, is a document that really matters, should it actually exist. It is the kind of proof that really needs to come to light because it would lend more than lip service to the claims Annett is making. So why quote a portion of the memo, why not scan the memo in it’s entirety and redact those portions that might compromise the source of the memo and it’s supplier? If such a document actually exists, it is the most important document relative to Native activism, the TRC, and native land claims that should be leaked in it’s entirety.
So why just a snippet? Because a snippet is all that’s needed to protect Annett’s reputation (what’s left of it that is) and to shed enough doubt on the credibility of those tribunal members and any others who might come upon a ‘Kevin Annett Tribunal’ Google search. My guess is that people are asking questions…hard questions of him…and so a nice and tidy CSIS memo should do the trick to get those pesky doubters in line.
It’s unfortunate that yet again, another deceased Native has been saddled with the job of protecting a white colonialist minister worried about his reputation.