NEWS RELEASE · 12th October 2010
Hidden From History
An Open Letter and Appeal to world governments and citizens
Mass murder in Canada has gone unpunished and unresolved: Help us bring the guilty to justice!
On September 29, Judge Murray Sinclair stated to a Canadian Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples:
Thousands of children died in the schools and their families were not informed of the deaths or the burial sites.
Sinclair was referring to the Indian residential schools, established and run by the government of Canada and the Roman Catholic, Anglican and United Church from 1890 to 1996.
Not a single person has ever been arrested or tried for the deaths of these children. Instead, Canada and the churches responsible have legally indemnified themselves from prosecution for these deaths and been absolved of any wrongdoing. They have not even answered the requests of relatives of the slain to repatriate their bodies for a proper burial.
The courts and police of Canada have also refused to indict these bodies for murder, or investigate the deaths of the more than 50,000 children who never returned from these “schools”. And countless native people continue to die from the effects of the residential school terror.
We cannot find justice for the living and the dead within Canada’s borders. The Canadian government-appointed “Truth and Reconciliation Commission” into residential schools has no power to subpoena, prosecute or lay criminal charges against the guilty, and it censors witnesses from naming names or speaking of killings.
Because of this miscarriage of justice, we must turn to other governments, their informed citizenry and human rights courts for an answer.
We ask you to endorse a newly-formed International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS), which includes our organization and eight others from Ireland, Thailand, the United States, Australia and England. The ITCCS will convene its first hearing in London, England on April 4, 2011.
At this hearing, we will present to the world the evidence that Canada and the aforementioned churches planned and committed genocide and warfare against generations of native people, and continue to do so against children.
The same Tribunal has issued a Public Summons to Pope Benedict Joseph Ratzinger, and six senior Catholic Cardinals, to attend the hearing and answer charges of their complicity in these and other crimes against humanity.
On October 11, our members in eleven cities across the world protested, held vigils, and presented Catholic church officials with copies of this Summons (see attached document). More actions are being planned, and I will be returning to Europe in January to help lead this campaign.
We ask you to endorse the ITCCS and its hearings in April. Please contact us for more information.
We also ask you to show your moral support for the survivors and the dead by supporting a financial boycott of the Roman Catholic, Anglican and United Church of Canada, and their affiliates.
Do not let the cries of the dead go unheard – or the hopes of the living.
Rev. Kevin D. Annett, M.A., M.Div.