As mentioned before in another post: a third of Canadians live in three major cities (Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver) and their metropolitan areas while the remainder live in small towns and cities, including a small percentage in rural areas.
As mentioned in that post (confirmed by Statistics Canada), the most violent and dangerous places in Canada continue to be small towns and cities, betraying the myth of a “safe” benign Canada. Especially when two-thirds of the population live in these communities.
To further illustrate the point I am going to use contemporary headlines from the past 60 days in Nova Scotia (a small province with less than a million people).
A man went on a shooting rampage managing to kill 22 people and wound 3 before being shot by police. He began in Portapique, (a small rural community of about 100 year-round residents), traveling through 16 other locations and was killed in Enfield (less than 5,000 residents).
His killing spree was helped by the fact he was traveling to small, isolated communities and less likely to be discovered during the 13 hours this took place. While it could be fairly argued such an incident is generally unlikely, the fact is that outside Montreal, most spree killings and shootings occur in small places in Canada.
In Truro (population just over 12,000), a guard at the women’s federal prison has been charged with six counts of sexual assault after a year-long investigation. There is also a civil lawsuit pending from inmates claiming sexual assault, who are suing the Correctional Service of Canada.
Also in Truro: a three year old boy has gone missing. The presumption is that he drowned and searches have turned into a ‘recovery effort’. His boots were found at different locations by the river.
While it’s unlikely he was taken by someone, it’s not outside the realm of possibility – especially if no body is recovered. Again, owing to the small community, lack of CCTV, and trusting the “locals”, this could never be confirmed even if it had occurred.
I could go on, but I’ll end it here. Suffice to say that small cities and communities in Canada have plenty of murders, rapes, home invasions and other petty crime. While it may seem like stating the obvious, you wouldn’t know it judging by the local propaganda.
For some strange reason the media and nation pretend as though violent crime is a rarity in Canada when it exists everywhere and the largest cities are safest for both familial and non-familial violence.
I would love to live in Europe but unfortunately I don’t qualify for long-term residence, maybe in the future. So for now I content myself with going to the USA – a place I can appreciate despite its many issues. The United States is large and diverse enough that life is what you make it. Unfortunately (as I know well from personal experience) the same cannot be said for Canada. I am constantly bombarded with fear mongering about the USA. It’s as though Canadians can’t fathom that there are more living options than the rough neighborhoods in Chicago, Baltimore or south-central Los Angeles. The absurdity of the anti-American propaganda is indescribable. Yes there are some bad people down there, and terrible things do happen, but they also happen here. So let’s take a look at some “Canadian” living: Canada’s three major cities (Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver) house more than a third of the population. Outside these locations the majority of Canadians live in small cities and towns; less than 1 in 5 live in rural areas. For 2018 the most dangerous places are listed by MacLean’s magazine, rated according to the Crime Severity Index: 1) North Battleford, Saskatchewan (pop: 13,567) 2) Thompson, Manitoba (pop: 12,878) 3) Wetaskiwin, Alberta (pop: 12,486) 4) Prince Albert & area, Saskatchewan (pop: 35,102) 5) Portage la Prairie, Manitoba (pop: 12,949) 6) Red Deer, Alberta (pop: 99,718) 7) Williams Lake, British Columbia (pop: 10,508) 8) Quesnel, British Columbia (pop: 12,064) 9) Langley, British Columbia (pop: 117,285) 10) Prince George, British Columbia (pop: 65,510) [Note: population data taken from latest government census reports available (2016). Current stats should be roughly equivalent.]
In 2017, the five worst cities by crime rate were: 5) Edmonton: “The city has had a persistent problem with violent crime, especially sex-based crimes such as sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, and sexual violations against children.” 4) Regina: “Regina, ranks rather highly (or lowly, depending on how you look at it) when it comes to overall violent crime in Canada. It’s been trading places with Saskatoon the past few years …” 3) Saskatoon: “The city has flipped back and forth with Regina (see above) in the overall rankings, and has sometimes even found itself at the ignominious “top” of the standings.” 2) Thunder Bay: “While it ranks eighth in overall crime, the CBC reported that it’s the second-most violent city in Canada. Sadly, that rating isn’t a one-off incident, either. In 2012, the homicide rate was higher in Thunder Bay than in any other major metropolitan area in Canada.” 1) Winnipeg: “… but for all of that, the notorious neighbourhoods which make up the North-Central portion of Winnipeg, from South Point Douglas to West Broadway, reported double the crime rate of Compton, California in 2012.”
In 2016, the most dangerous cities according to MacLean’s: (Crime Severity Index) 1. Grande Prairie, Alta. (pop: 63,166) 2. Victoria, B.C. (pop: 84,289) 3. Red Deer, Alta. (pop: 100,418) 4. Prince George, B.C. (pop: 65,510) 5. Winnipeg, Man. (pop: 709,253) 6. Saskatoon, Sask. (pop: 254,569) 7. Fort McMurray, Alta. (pop: 61,374) 8. Thunder Bay, Ont. (pop: 110,984) 9. Surrey, BC (pop: 498,720) 10. Edmonton, Alta. (pop: 928,182) Over half are at about 100k people or less! “Safe Canada?” Not so much. There was only one article on the subject in the Canadian Encyclopedia. Aside from Detroit’s significantly higher homicide rate, it had this to say:
“We fare no better than the U.S. in other areas. The break and enter rates in Chilliwack, B.C., Victoria and Regina, for instance, rank within the top 10 per cent of all American cities.
The per capita robbery rates in Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Regina would put them among the top 10 robbery-plagued metropolitan areas of the U.S. And you are far more likely to have your automobile stolen in Winnipeg or Joliette, Que., than anywhere in the U.S., including metropolitan Detroit and Las Vegas, the auto theft capitals of America.
Even at that, a crime analysis this January by the Vancouver Board of Trade concludes official rates are misleadingly low: “only about one-third of actual crimes in Canada are reported to police.”
At the time the article was written the most dangerous cities in the country were listed as: Regina, Saskatoon and Winnipeg, followed by Prince George, Edmonton, New Westminster (pop: 70,996), Chilliwack (pop: 83,788), Victoria (pop: 84,289), Vancouver and Halifax (pop: 414,129). And I’m quoting fairly recent population statistics, these locations would’ve been even less populated at the time. When we skip back to 2010, Maclean’s said the most dangerous were:
1 Prince George, B.C. 2 Victoria, B.C. 3 Regina, Sask. 4 Saskatoon, Sask. 5 Fort McMurray, Alta. 6 Kelowna, B.C. (pop: 179,839) 7 Grande Prairie, Alta. 8 Surrey, B.C. 9 Chilliwack, B.C. 10 Winnipeg, Man. 11 Red Deer, Alta. 12 Nanaimo, B.C. (pop: 83,810) 13 Edmonton, Alta. 14 New Westminster, B.C.(pop: 65,976) 15 Belleville, Ont. (pop: 92,540) Again, most of these places barely scraping the 100k mark. You can view a documentary on missing women from the ‘Highway of Tears’ regions. The film includes Vanderhoof, a small northern community of less than 5,000 people. Vanderhoof is a great example of the real Canada: In 2012, two men murdered a woman there. In 2013, at least two people were murdered there. In 2014, a serial killer born and raised there was sentenced for the murders of four women in the region. In 2015, three Vanderhoof locals were charged with that year’s first murder in nearby Prince George. In 2016, two people were sentenced for the murder and beheading of a local man. In 2018 a local man was murdered in a hotel. And as a report from Statistics Canada makes clear: children and youth are in more danger in small towns, rural areas and minor cities than in Canada’s most populated centers (family and non-familial violence).
So the only halfway decent places (by Canadian standards) worth living in are Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary. But trust me, I’ll be getting around to a post on these last three. I walked around inebriated in numerous Los Angeles neighborhoods, alone, and felt far safer than I have in many places in shit hole Canada. (The people were far nicer too, even the ‘undesirables’.) My point? CANADA IS A SHIT HOLE. It’s a cold, boring, violent, stagnant place with all of America’s problems, racism, violence and crime – yet none of the benefits of living in such a diverse, interesting place filled with passionate people. Canadians are smug about “safe” Canada … delusional as usual.
None of the top 10 have made the 100k pop mark – way to go Canada! Let’s take a look at the next 10:
Prince Rupert, B.C. (11,733) / Kenora & Area, ON (15,096) / Winnipeg, MB (749,534) / Thunder Bay & area, ON (121, 621) / Yorkton, SK (19,643) / New Glasgow, NS (9,075) / Port Alberni, B.C. (18,000) / Fort St. John, B.C. (21,000) / Prince George, B.C. (81,345) / Greater Napanee, ON (15,892).
And two places made it over the 100k mark! Check back in 5 years for more of the same.
“Manitoba, Canada is growing through immigration. Over the past 10 years, almost 130,000 people from all over the world have made a new home in the welcoming communities of our prosperous Canadian province.
Manitoba offers newcomers the opportunity to take advantage of high employment, affordability, and peaceful living in the cities and towns nestled in the natural beauty of Canada’s central province.”
Well, that sounds promising doesn’t it? And it’s not like the tourism promos ever lie or anything, but why don’t we take a closer look … There are about 1.2 million people in Manitoba; its capital and only major city is Winnipeg – with a population of slightly over 600,000. Next comes Brandon at under 50,000; then a sprinkling of communities all under 14,000.
As for Winnipeg winters? They are very cold, not much of a surprise for Canada. Anything else?
Manitoba is known throughout the country for a few things: being boring and unappealing; its crime rate, and its racism/race-conflicts. Poverty
One third of children in Manitoba live in poverty. A recent report stated:
“The number of Manitoba children and families in poverty, which was pushing a crisis level in 1992, has now become a “chronic nightmare,” ….”
“Since 1989, when the House of Commons moved to end child poverty by the year 2000, it has increased by just over 20% (20.3%) in all of Canada. But alarmingly, it has increased by even more (26.1%) in Manitoba.”
“Poor Manitoba families are living in deep poverty, compared to those in all Canada. The poverty gap is the amount needed to reach the poverty line. In Manitoba half of poor two parent families with one child are living $13,061 or more below the poverty line.”
Nearly one in ten children use food banks:
“More than double (9.5%) in Manitoba used food banks, second only to Newfoundland.”
Manitoba (particularly Winnipeg) regularly tops the list for violent crime in Canada. Currently in 2018, it has the highest homicide rate among the provinces. According to the CBC, violent crime has increased:
“Winnipeg holds the dubious honour of being the violent crime capital of Canada, with a rate of 153.5 violent crimes per 100,000 people, ahead of Thunder Bay with 140.7. Last year’s rate for Winnipeg was 150.”
Winnipeg, Canada’s most violent city:
“… StatsCan found Winnipeg still had the highest violent crime severity index of all cities studied in 2015. That measure is based on the severity of the crimes committed and the punishments that result from them, as well as the population it relates to.”
A report from Statistics Canada in 2014 noted Manitoba had the highest homicide rate among the provinces for the eighth consecutive year. Living Costs
Despite the small population, poverty and crime rate, the average house price in Winnipeg is now $314,000. As for income, Global reports:
“In Manitoba, the survey shows the median income in most areas of Winnipeg is in the $30,000 to $40,000 range, although some areas have median incomes as low as $16,000, which leaves people living paycheck to paycheck.” Racial Conflict
Winnipeg has been called out as Canada’s most racist city. Conflicts between the white and aboriginal populations are too numerous to mention, with each side blaming the other for crime and poverty; combined with mutual distrust and disgust.
But racism isn’t limited to the Indigenous. Racism towards Syrian refugees was an issue before they’d even arrived. Black residents complain about being profiled by police and even pulled over with guns drawn on them, presumed to be criminals or car thieves.
And when it comes to other issues, such as health care – Manitoba ranks at the bottom again.
“Manitoba ranks near the bottom of a report card on the state of Canada’s health care system. The Conference Board of Canada report, which looked at disease rates, obesity, infant mortality and bad habits such as smoking and a sedentary lifestyle, gives Manitoba a “D” grade.”
Its credit rating was downgraded as the deficit continues to grow:
“In the meantime, Moody’s noted, the provincial debt is growing quickly — from 116 per cent of government revenues in 2011 to an estimated 143 per cent this year. In raw numbers, the net debt has gone from $12.5 billion to $20.4 billion in five years.”
This is but a mere glimpse into the abyss that is Manitoba: a perfect storm of poverty, racism, unaffordable housing, crime, gangs, social division and misery. It’s flat, it’s cold, it’s boring. It’s overpriced and miserable … it’s classic cakerland.
I am going to review an article with some pretty typical caker attitudes so you can see what we’re dealing with here. The article is about Kevin Annett and the documentary Unrepentant (viewing it will help to better understand this post).
The following are quotes from residential school survivors featured in the documentary.
These are some of the stories relating to murder. Other stories include: sexual abuse, rape, physical abuse; electric-shocking, being experimented on; witnessing burials, finding bodies, being asked to dig graves; children freezing to death; babies being killed after birth – as the result of sexual intercourse between students and school patrons.
“But if you do believe these things, I’m afraid there are quite a few more things you are going to have to believe, because you can’t have it both ways. If Kevin Annett really is prize-worthy and courageous, you will also have to believe this:
One of Canada’s most respected First Nations’ leaders is trafficking in children from Northern British Columbia in a profitable pedophilia ring that’s run out of the West Hastings Street premises of the swish Vancouver Club. His clients are Vancouver judges, politicians, and church leaders.”
“The majority (91%) of victims of human trafficking reported by police between 2009 and 2014 knew the person accused of the crime. More specifically, the most common relationship between the victim and accused was a business relationship (23 %), followed by a casual acquaintance (22%), and a non-spousal intimate partner (18%).”
The vast majority of these victims were female (93%). Victims of human trafficking were generally young. Among victims of human trafficking reported between 2009 and 2014, close to half (47%) were between the ages of 18 and 24. Additionally, one-quarter (25%) of human trafficking victims were under the age of 18.”
— Trafficking in persons in Canada, 2014 (Statistics Canada)
Regarding high-profile clientele, this is not unheard of. A quick Google search will show countless scandals involving establishment figures in both politics and entertainment. See also:
This could go on and on, but a few links will suffice to prove the point. Does this mean the First Nations’ leader is guilty? No. But does it exonerate him? Not at all, as plenty of history and current events show the absolute possibility of the claim; it’s not at all ‘unbelievable’. Who would be a better choice of victim than poor, neglected Aboriginal children? (But I guess Terry thinks that Bill Cosby is just some nice old dad too, right?)
“Back in the 1930s, a team of German doctors arrived at the Kuper Island Indian residential school and began conducting strange medical experiments on the children. Employing large hypodermic needles, they injected some sort of toxin directly into the chests of the school’s young inmates, and several were killed as a result.”
In the 1930’s within the United States was the ‘German-American Bund‘: a pro-Nazi, quasi-military organization made up of supporters with mostly German ancestry. It was most active in the years preceding the USA’s entry in the Second World War.
Aside from this organization there were many others, and non-formal fascist Nazi-supporters in both the US and Canada. (Now this is where the cakers say “we had no Nazi sympathizers!” – just like their were none in the KKK, right cakers?)
“… established for the so-called Volksdeutsche (Germans who had been born outside the Reich). The Bund held monthly meetings for its members and staged pro-Nazi celebrations such as Hitler birthday parties; it imported and distributed Nazi propaganda materials to Germans and non-Germans alike ; it joined with other indigenous German-Canadian organizations and clubs to organize social events and to establish German language schools.
The second arm of the Canadian Nazi movement was a separate Nazi party organization (NSDAP). This group was composed of non-naturalized German Canadians and Reichsdeutsche (Germans born in Germany proper) residing in Canada who had applied for and been accepted into the National Socialist Party. Although frequent contact existed between the NSDAP units and the Bund (the two groups often combined to hold public displays and to promote common causes), efforts were made to keep the memberships separate.”
“The Canadian ranks of the Nazi Party were filled with persons born outside Canada. Reichsdeutsche made up the vast majority of the membership (seventy-eight of the eighty-eight). With regard to the members’ birthplace in Germany, Canada’s Nazis reflected a general balance. All the major German states such as Bavaria, Prussia, and Saxony as well as most of the important cities were represented.”
— Nazi Party Membership in Canada: A Profile
So what do we have here? We have pro-Nazi and Hitler sympathizers residing in Canada in the 1930’s, as well as American sympathizers down south. Is it possible they were willing to experiment on children? Well, it’s not out of the realm of possibility as in the early 1930’s the Nazis were already sterilizing the ‘undesirables’ and by the end of the 30’s they would be euthanizing the disabled.
“German proponents of eugenics were part of an international phenomenon… German biologist August Weissmann’s theory of “immutable germ plasm,” published in 1892, fostered growing international support for eugenics …
… Eugenicists more successfully promoted sterilization laws in individual provinces, cantons, or states in Canada, Switzerland, and the United States.”
— United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (Encyclopedia)
And again, just because the survivors now assume they were German, doesn’t mean these doctors were. They could have been other foreigners or people with heavy accents. A young, barely educated Native child is not going to know the difference, especially in a state of fear and shock.
Considering the general eugenics movements world wide at the time, and later events (I’ll touch on) does that mean we can state with certainty these things happened? No. But again, it’s not outside the realm of possibility.
“As recently as the 1950s and 1960s, aboriginal children at a Vancouver Island medical research facility were tortured with electrodes implanted in their skulls. At least one child was beaten to death with a whip fitted with razors.”
Consider the following history just south of the border: forced sterilizations of minorities (which included Native Americans into the 1980’s, and Mexican women into the 1970’s).
“In 1904, the Carnegie Institution established a laboratory complex at Cold Spring Harbor on Long Island that stockpiled millions of index cards on ordinary Americans, as researchers carefully plotted the removal of families, bloodlines and whole peoples.”
“The Rockefeller Foundation helped found the German eugenics program and even funded the program that Josef Mengele worked in before he went to Auschwitz.”
“War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America’s Campaign to Create a Master Race” — Edwin Black
In the 1950’s-60’s these programs took place in the US:
– infecting women and disabled children with viral hepatitis
– injecting live cancer cells into prisoners
– testing nerve gases and toxic chemicals on US ships and their passengers
– radiation experiments
-giving iodine to babies
– Project GABRIEL
– Project SUNSHINE
-whole body radiation experiments on poor black cancer patients
“From 1950 through 1953, the U.S. Army sprayed chemicals over six cities in the United States and Canada, in order to test dispersal patterns of chemical weapons. Army records stated that the chemicals which were sprayed on the city of Winnipeg, Canada, included zinc cadmium sulfide, which was not thought to be harmful.”
— Operation LAC (Large Area Coverage)
This isn’t even a full list. And, as with the Nazi party and KKK, if it was happening south of the border there’s no reason to assume it wasn’t happening in Canada on at least a smaller level; especially considering American involvement in subjecting Canadian residents to testing without their knowledge.
As for ‘electrodes implanted in skulls’ … I doubt very much a child has the mental capacity to understand medical testing, especially when terrified or in a state of shock. What a survivor may remember can constitute abuse, even if he doesn’t have the specific medical terminology or recall of exact testing-details. Given the era, I don’t find the idea of medical testing on poor Indian children to be beyond reasonable doubt.
“At the Hobbema and Saddle Lake Indian residential schools in Alberta, children were incinerated in furnaces. At St. Anne’s Indian residential school in Fort Albany, Ontario, children were executed in an electric chair. At McGill University in Montreal, there is a mass grave containing the bodies of aboriginal children killed in experiments undertaken by the Central Intelligence Agency’s top-secret MK-ULTRA program.”
I don’t know the exact details of this, so I can only comment on what I’ve seen in the documentary until I research further. I do know that Nazis managed to kill and incinerate millions of people, so the prospect of a cover up (burning bodies) at some schools isn’t beyond reason. I sometimes meet Holocaust deniers who love to say “but where are all the bodies?”
“Cameron’s experiments, known as MK-ULTRA subproject 68, were partially funded by the CIA and the Canadian government, and are widely known for their use of LSD, barbiturates, and amphetamines on patients. In the media, they were known as the “mind control” studies done at McGill and were reported as a brainwashing conspiracy from the CIA and the Canadian government. For journalists, the story was a goldmine. LSD use in a CIA experiment was an angle no sensationalist media could reject, especially in the anti-drug frenzy of the 1960s. However, these studies were much more complex than a Timothy Leary scare in la belle ville.
At its worst, the prolonged periods of sensory deprivation and induced sleep used in the experiments left many patients in a child-like mental state, even years after the experiments were finalized. Even today, remnants of Cameron’s experiments at the Allan Memorial appear in torture methods at places like Guantanamo Bay.
… In a report to the Canadian government in the mid 1980s, sources reveal that Cameron was “ruthless, determined, aggressive, and domineering … He seemed not to have the ability to deeply empathize with their [patients] problems or their situation.”
When the whistle blew on Allan Memorial, Cameron’s stern portrait turned into the evil stare of a “mad scientist,” as media reports explained the nature of his research.
… The experiments done at McGill were part of the larger MK-ULTRA project led by Sidney Gottlieb of the CIA. In 1963, the year in which MK-ULTRA ended, the CIA compiled all the research into a torture manual called the Kubark Counterintelligence Interrogation Handbook. Yes, a “torture manual” that would eventually define the agency’s interrogation methods and training programs throughout the developing world.”
Could Native children have been exposed? It’s possible … at this point, I wouldn’t suggest laughingly (like some) that it wasn’t. Could children who were killed through neglect or otherwise have been ‘disposed of’ in a manner as to hide evidence? Sure, it’s entirely possible. Were children exposed to abuse, experimentation, etc., and later linked those memories with this program? Entirely possible.
“These are just a few of the stories Annett has been circulating since the early 1990s. He has failed to produce a shred of evidence. RCMP investigators who have looked into Annett’s allegations always come up empty. Some of these stories the RCMP hasn’t investigated because nobody’s reported them, for reasons Annett explains as a distrust of the police.”
First, I’m quite sure that when you’ve been mocked, laughed at and disregarded your whole life – you aren’t going to want to share your story with the people who have neglected or openly opposed you. If these survivors have undergone all of that in the name of ‘government and authority’, it’s quite understandable why they would have issues trusting authorities, namely the police.
In fact, right here in front of us we have a whole article essentially mocking their claims (they made on video tape, in a documentary about their experiences) and suggesting it’s ridiculous. Is it any wonder they have lost faith, and don’t reach out for help?
As for the investigations, I would love the details! Perhaps the RCMP can fill us in. I know children and women who have been molested or raped and made formal complaints the same year as the incidents occurred – yet nothing was done because “there was no evidence” and therefor formal charges wouldn’t stick.
I’m not sure how people expect the victims in this situation to come up with evidence 40 to 50 years after the fact? The Native children didn’t have access to paper records and there’s no doubt the institutions likely destroyed most of what was incriminating, if it was ever marked down to begin with.
The writer then goes on to say:
“It matters because the thousands of aboriginal people who really did suffer unspeakable torment in residential schools deserve something rather more from us than our complicity in the act of dumping their very real suffering down a rabbit hole into the same parallel universe where you’ll find alien abductions, Masonic plots, crop circles, and 9-11 conspiracies.”
I’m not sure how it qualifies as a ‘conspiracy theory’ when it’s an assertion made by an individual (or group) who claims to have witnessed it first-hand? Which brings us to a fork in our conclusions: 1) either they are crazy lying drunk ol’ Indians, or 2) they are telling the truth, as best they can remember it.
So which is it? While we’re busy “respecting” the survivors of residential schools who fit the government narrative – what about the ones who are claiming to have witnessed murders, to have buried bodies, to have seen children killed and know there are unmarked graves?! How do we “respect” their truth? Right, by dismissing it! Wouldn’t want the cakers to look bad, would we?
Then we get to the crux of the issue: the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
“If the Truth and Reconciliation Commission gets dragged into the strange, alternative reality where Annett and his followers thrive, the commission’s purpose could be easily defeated. If that happens, we will have lost an historic opportunity to see justice properly done in finally turning the page on one of the darkest and most disgraceful chapters in Canadian history.”
Wouldn’t want to interrupt that government-settlement process, eh? Wouldn’t want to disrupt the “closing of this chapter” so we can all merrily move on, eh?
“It matters to me because I can count several old friends and colleagues among the people who show up as villains, collaborators and stooges in Annett’s conspiracy, and I know a thing or two about Annett from when we were both young socialists, back in the 1970s.”
Right, because people we know personally can’t possibly commit crimes, can they? Just like the serial killer next door with a dozen bodies in the basement and the neighbor goes, “but he was such a nice fellow!” Or the wife about her husband, “he could never molest our daughter – he’s not capable of such things!“
One does not need to exaggerate or embellish anything about what happened in those places.”
No, one does not. And if this were Annett saying it alone, I would be more skeptical. But when individuals come together and make these claims I highly doubt they are embellishing their own stories – to what end? But it comes full circle again: whether you choose to believe people who claim to have lived certain events, or not. He goes on:
“There were front-page stories a century ago, too. In 1897, senior Indian Affairs officials started blowing the whistle on the cavernous, shoddily-built, creaking institutions, pointing out that you couldn’t have built more efficient incubation vectors for contagious disease, and for mass death, if you tried.
Back then, P.H. Bryce, the Indian department’s chief medical officer, conducted a study of 1,500 children interned in 15 different Indian residential schools across Canada. He found that one in four of the children never made it out alive. A separate study of the Kuper Island school found that four of every 10 children sent there over a 25-year period never survived to graduate.
This is sufficiently damning. It is not necessary to assert, as Annett does, that infectious diseases were deliberately employed as part of a plot to “cull” Canada’s aboriginal population. Everybody knows what happened. It is no secret, and is not even a secret that there are mass graves.”
No, not everybody knows what happened. What an ABSURD assertion! In fact, I would venture to guess that 90% or more Canadians do NOT know there were “mass graves”. As for Bryce:
He himself said “conditions are being deliberately created” to spread disease. It doesn’t get much clearer than that.
“It is readily acknowledged that Indian children lose their natural resistance to illness by habituating so closely in the residential schools, and that they die at a much higher rate than in their villages. But this alone does not justify a change in the policy of this Department, which is geared towards a final solution of our Indian Problem.”
Department of Indian Affairs Superintendent D.C. Scott to B.C. Indian Agent-General Major D. McKay, DIA Archives, RG 1-Series 12 April 1910
“Could it not be contrived to send the small pox among the disaffected tribes of Indians? We must on this occasion use every stratagem in our power to reduce them.”
“P.S. I will try to inocculate [sic] the Indians by means of Blankets that may fall in their hands, taking care however not to get the disease myself. As it is pity to oppose good men against them, I wish we could make use of the Spaniard’s Method, and hunt them with English Dogs. Supported by Rangers, and some Light Horse, who would I think effectively extirpate or remove that Vermine.”
“P.S. You will Do well to try to Innoculate [sic] the Indians by means of Blankets, as well as to try Every other method that can serve to Extirpate this Execrable Race. I should be very glad your Scheme for Hunting them Down by Dogs could take Effect, but England is at too great a Distance to think of that at present.”
But the writer goes on to dismissively wave off “conspiracy theories” about the purposeful extermination of Indians through disease … because if the cakers don’t have log books with date stamps and signatures on them then “it didn’t happen” in their fevered pro-Canadiana dreams.
Finally the warbling is rounded down to one comment I can agree on:
“After all this suffering, the very least we owe the dead, and the living, is the truth.”
Indeed. And I do believe the survivors and their stories. If they say they were molested and raped – I believe them. If they say their friends went missing or showed up dead – I believe them. If they claim to have witnessed something as shocking as murder – I believe them. If even a portion of them think there are still unanswered questions, cover ups, or purposeful disinformation – I support them in their quest to uncover the truth, whatever that may be.
One thing is for certain: smug, patronizing caker attitudes stink!