In this breaking exclusive interview, Erika, a former nurse at the catholic St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, speaks of how she witnessed the final days of genocide survivor William Combes. She is convinced that all of his symptoms indicate that he died of arsenic poisoning, not “tuberculosis” as the British Columbia Coroner claims. William was a witness to the abduction of ten children by “Queen Elizabeth” Windsor on October 10, 1964 at the catholic Kamloops Indian residential school. William died suddenly in hospital shortly before he was to go public about the abduction and permanent disappearance of the ten children. See www.murderbydecree.com and www.itccs.org .
by Kevin D. Annett / Eagle Strong Voice
Former legal agent of hereditary Siem Kiapilano of the Squamish Nation
Church Eviction, March 16, 2008: Elder Kiapilano (centre) with Kevin Annett (right) and Ricky Lavallee (left), who was later murdered by Vancouver police
On March 4, 2008, a traditional indigenous elder walked into the British Columbia Supreme Court in downtown Vancouver and filed an Eviction Notice against the churches that destroyed his people. Twelve days later, the same survivor led an occupation of one of those churches to enforce that Notice and declare the churches to be illegally trespassing on his land. That same month, the Canadian government reacted, and the cover up of Canada’s home grown Genocide began in earnest.
Here is that story, nearly erased from memory by the guilty:
He was a frail man who looked older than his seventy years. We first met in the studio of Vancouver Co-op Radio in the waning months of 2007, when I was still a broadcaster there. The man’s name was Gerry Kiapilano. He told me he was the hereditary Siem, or elder, of the Squamish Nation, on whose stolen land Vancouver squats.
“The Mounties and the priests threw my grandfather out into the snow one night” Gerry described on the air that first day. “After that, our family was banned from the Squamish reservation. The government puppet chiefs were moved in to replace us. They’re still running the show on the reserve.”
Like every residential school survivor I’ve come to know, Gerry circled around the facts of his own torture like someone on the edge of a viper pit. He did relate that other children had been killed right in front of him by Catholic priests, but he stayed mute about what had been done to him. His eyes, of course, said much more.
Gerry Kiapilano was a man on his purpose. Over tea, soon after our interview, he said bluntly to me,
“Those churches never asked our permission to come here or to kidnap us from our families. They’re trespassing on our land. I heard what you’ve been doing and I’m with you. We’ve got to make those murderers pay.”
Gerry was not a vengeful soul, but he meant what he said. The Roman Catholic, Anglican and United Church of Canada had to pay, literally. They owed his nation back rent of nearly a century, as well as a moral restitution for their mass murder of children that was incalculable. And until such simple justice could be done, they had no right to stay on his land. He was about to issue all three of the churches a legal eviction notice, and he wanted my help.
“I know about your name Eagle Strong Voice and how the Anishinabe people adopted you. So I’m going to appoint you my fiduciary agent” he declared gently. “I’m empowering you to enforce the Eviction and bring those churches to justice.”
I accepted the appointment with something more than glee and less than trepidation. For in those halcyon days before the government’s big spin and payoff operation had begun, residential school survivors were ready to protest at the drop of a hat. Gerry Kiapilano and I quickly did the rounds of Vancouver’s downtown eastside and its thousands of genocide survivors, recruiting as we went. By the new year we had assembled a small guerilla army, and were ready to act. But first we went to court.
The young woman behind the counter in the Law Court’s Registry section gave Gerry an odd stare as he approached with his documents. She seemed even more perplexed when she read them. I suppose it isn’t every day that an Indian files an Eviction Notice against the system. But as my old radical buddy Joe Hendsbee used to observe, the sheer maze of any state bureaucracy allows you to drive a Mack truck through its loopholes, and the British Columbia Supreme Court was no exception that day. The blithe functionary stamped Gerry’s papers and filed them in the Court Registry as Case Docket Number S036483. It was March 4, 2008, and Gerry Kiapilano had his legal Eviction Notice against the churches. He promptly faxed them all copies.
“I’ve given them ten days to answer this” he muttered as we left the Law Courts, his eyes aglow. “After that, they’re illegal trespassers and we can lay claim to their property. That’s the law.”
The God Talkers never replied, of course. The ten days came and went, and Gerry – who all of us came to call “Kap” for short – gave me, as his legal agent, the green light to enforce the Eviction Notice. Well, say no more!
That next Sunday dawned bright and clear. On cue, our people gathered at appointed rallying points and converged on Holy Rosary Catholic Cathedral from three directions, so as not to attract too much cop-attention. But we need not have worried. Thanks to that hidden hand that so often has guided and guarded our efforts, our target stood wide open and defenseless as we approached. The phalanx of police and Knights of Columbus goons who usually barred the Cathedral’s entrance were absent that morning. The doors stood open.
“That’s a sign, alright” I said to Kap, who strode alongside me as we led our fifty people towards the Cathedral. “Let’s go!”
What followed is the stuff of high drama: the perplexed and helpless clergy backing away from our tide of humanity, flowing into the sanctuary as the organ moaned some absurd refrain; the mostly-curious parishioners, gazing at our banner that called for their victims to receive a proper burial; and our wondrous crowd of former victims who stood unafraid and united in the face of what had ravaged them, handing the pew sitters a notice that they were illegal trespassers on other peoples’ land, and had to leave. We were counting coup against a huge and seemingly unbeatable opponent, and everyone there knew it.
The fallout came quickly. That same afternoon I received a frantic phone call from the Cathedral’s Diocesan lawyer, who begged me to call off any more church occupations. Easter was approaching, after all.
“Well, what better time to resurrect justice in this land?” I answered the paper pusher, who didn’t seem amused.
But the response went further. That same week, the federal government hurriedly announced the launching of that absurd misnomer, the “Truth and Reconciliation Commission”: a huge public relations stunt that was about neither. The Big Spin had begun, but only because Kap and our people had belted Goliath one right between the eyes.
“I’m counting on you to keep this up” Kap exhorted me after the news broke. “They’re going to try to bury all this but we can’t let them. You have my authority to occupy these churches and shut them down for good, and bring their leaders to trial.”
Over the subsequent years I did precisely that, even as far away as Rome and London and Brussels. And even though the results aren’t completely obvious yet, our bullet has plowed into the heart of the Beast of Church and State even as it continues to stampede towards oblivion. Time and the Truth will do the rest.
It is the fate of man to forget, wrote Emerson. The dying powers that pretend to be have for now wiped memories clean and buried the fact of their Group Crime and the few of us who exposed and confronted it with our last measure of devotion. Most of the leaders of our action that day were dead within a couple of years from obvious foul play, and Kap himself retired into an unexplained reclusion. But the walls are coming down, nevertheless, because an example was made. We showed the world that the killers who hide behind clerical robes have no place among us anymore and must leave our land. We demonstrated that power lies not with the rich criminals but with We the People, if only we will allow the justice in our own hearts to blossom into right action.
Go and do likewise.
Download this Cease and Desist Order to your local Catholic church starting April 15, 2018: Cease and Desist order to church
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At the Mouth of a Cannon is Kevin Annett’s latest book, and his personal account of the forces behind the theft of land by corporations, government and churches in Canada. This book describes the genocide of the Ahousaht indigenous people by the United Church and its business and government partners. Based on Kevin’s firsthand experiences and his alliance with Ahousaht elder Earl Maquinna George, At the Mouth of a Cannon is a must-read for anyone concerned about the ongoing assault on our planet, our children and our liberties. Obtainable at amazon.com and at www.createspace.com/7997500 . See also www.itccs.org and www.murderbydecree.com .
Let the Spin Begin, Again: Medical Genocide in Canada finally sees the official light of day – well, sort of
News item, February 1, 2018: CBC reports “abuses” at the Nanaimo Indian Hospital
February 2, 2018
It’s been awhile since I wrote to you jokers but yesterday’s news makes it impossible for me to resist dropping you a note.
Ever since the spring of 2008, when your Corporation’s bosses agreed to cooperate with the Canadian government and its partner-churches in censoring my name and the evidence of their genocidal crimes out of your reporting, I haven’t seen much point in relying on the CBC as a credible platform for the voluminous evidence of those crimes. And sure enough, once again your chronic, adulterous union with Big Brother has produced yet another bastard child: namely, your after-the-fact, paltry depiction of the medical genocide at church-run Indian hospitals as just another litigation-bound case of “abuse” against Our Poor Indians.
I hope I’m not being too impudently un-Canadian when I point out that any media agency that habitually obfuscates official crimes in our Great White North to the extent that the CBC has done does not get to claim the mantle of credible journalism. But be that as it may, and it usually is, I’d like to point out a number of glaring errors, omissions and misrepresentations in your story on crimes at the Nanaimo Indian Hospital and similar facilities across Canada. I’m doing so on the basis of more than twenty years of on the ground research, documentation and countless interviews with the actual survivors of these hospitals and their associated “Indian residential schools”: research that your agency has studiously ignored since the summer of 1998, when it was first offered to the CBC.
First of all, the Indian hospitals weren’t government facilities. They were established and run by medical missionaries of the United and Anglican churches in conjunction with the military, specifically the Defense Research Board in Ottawa. Your article doesn’t mention the churches or the army at all. Well gee now, I wonder why? Did somebody say Project Paperclip?
Second, you uncritically present the official line, that these hospitals were “tuberculosis treatment” facilities. Wrong. That was their cover. Every witness I’ve interviewed says that they didn’t suffer from TB at all and were incarcerated there as children in healthy condition. They were then either deliberately infected with TB or used in drug testing, mind control, sensory deprivation or sterilization experiments by Army and Church doctors. Dr. James Goodbrand, who worked at the Nanaimo hospital, was quoted as saying to patient Sarah Modeste just before he made her infertile, “I get paid $300 by the government for every Indian woman I sterilize.” Lots of women and children died from these horrors and were buried in secret on the hospital grounds. Again, there’s no mention of this in your article, despite it being common knowledge among Vancouver island survivors.
Next, rather than describe what went on in these death camps as undeniable genocide, your account spins the whole nightmare as if it’s just another case of unfortunate “abuse” that the right words and monetary compensation can make all better. Your article even quotes the salivating, waiting-in-the-wings personal injury lawyers and their planned billion-dollar class action lawsuit against Ottawa. But surely even you guys know from experience that lawsuits are just the perpetrators’ convenient way of getting legally indemnified and absolved for any consequences for their crimes, as the entire “Truth and Reconciliation” fiasco has proved ad nauseum over the past decade.
For you to even present this medical genocide as a legally-actionable issue is to deliberately mislead Canadians. For in case you haven’t bothered to pick up a phone to check, the Canadian government officially sealed all of the records of the Indian hospitals in the spring of 1999, soon after our first independent tribunal into these horrors released its report. In fact, as early as 1965, special church and government “document destruction teams” have systematically wiped clean the evidence of experiments, deaths and punishments at residential schools and Indian hospitals. This crucial history is not mentioned by your journalists.
Clearly, there was and is a lot of dirt to hide in the Indian hospitals. And the CBC is lending its usual hand in helping conceal these crimes by not mentioning them for years, and then functioning as a public censor of the real story.
Here’s a case in point: the “expert” source you quote in your article is Laurie Meijer Drees, a “Native Studies” academic from the college immediately adjacent to the grounds of the Nanaimo Indian Hospital: Vancouver Island University (VIU). Well guess what, boys and girls? In recent weeks, the very same woman, in league with her fellow ab-original functionary Louise Mandell, the VIU Chancellor, suppressed an article in the campus newspaper The Navigator entitled “Who and What is Buried next to VIU: Genocide in our own Backyard”. The article quoted eyewitness Joan Morris, who was imprisoned in the hospital for nearly a decade, as saying, “Lots of people were dying in there. Every morning they were taking little bodies out of the wards on those metal gurneys. My cousin Nancy Joe saw them bury those kids in the field behind us, up near the highway.” The VIU apparatchiks, Ms. Drees and Ms. Mandell, had these words and the entire issue of The Navigator scooped up by campus security to prevent students from reading such evidence of the real crime.
Now here’s the thing: This rapid, on the ground censorship of the real Nanaimo Indian Hospital story on the verge of the official national spin-doctoring of the issue by the CBC couldn’t just be a big, frigging coincidence, could it?
An equally glaring problem about the CBC’s pretense at reporting this issue is that your account is so completely dated. Ever since June of 1998, all of the stories and evidence about the Indian hospitals quoted in your article have been known and made public by our own independent inquiry into genocide in Canada.
For instance, Ainjil Hunt, whom you cite in your article, told me exactly the same account of her mother’s torture over ten years ago in my home in Nanaimo. Her words, and those of many other survivors, have been published by me for many years, along with everything else you’ll need to expose the real story of genocide in Canada. And considering the slothful nature of your average Canadian journalist, I’ve even made it easy for you to do so. It’s all posted at www.murderbydecree.com and described in my dozen or more books and our documentary film on genocide in Canada.
Of course, you know all this already and yet have refused to report any of our evidence or the testimony of our hundreds of eyewitnesses. In that sense, you’ve been a willing accessory to the crime. But now that lawyers and spin-doctors have their hands on the issue, and the culprits of church, state and corporation can once again get away with their crime with a bit of litigation, the whole bloody mess has apparently become “newsworthy” in the mind of the CBC. For as long as is politically expedient, at least.
The method and game plan in this latest spin doctoring is identical to the residential schools fiasco, in which mass murder was absolved with an apology and some pay cheques, and not a single killer or church-state official ever went to trial, let alone jail. But this time the stakes are even higher, since the medical murder in these hospitals involved the Americans, the CIA’s Paperclip scientists and their big pharmaceutical corporate partners that ran and profited off the drug testing, sterilizations and other experiments done on children like Joan Morris.
And so once again, thanks to the CBC, the full story of the Canadian genocide is continuing to stay hidden, and the killers are winning the day, at least within our own borders. The witnesses are almost gone, the mass graves are mostly dug up or forgotten, and the erasing of history is itself being erased. But fortunately, a higher accountability and power is at work. It’s called international law.
On April 15 of this year, governments around the world will be asked to begin an embargo and sanctions campaign against Canada and its churches for their crimes against the innocent. Already found guilty of genocide in an international court in 2013, Canada and its sponsors in London and Rome could soon begin to face political and economic heat for their felonies. As will the CBC.
And so, since the writing is on the wall, people, what do you have to lose by reporting the whole truth and nothing but the truth for a change? When the crows do finally come home to roost, you have to at least appear to have done the right thing. And being Canadians, you’re good at creating appearances, at least.
Nanaimo Indian Hospital survivor Joan Morris, from an interview, 2007
On April 15, 2018, a global campaign will commence to directly halt child trafficking and other genocidal actions by the Vatican, other churches, governments and corporations. ITCCS Field Secretary for North America, Kevin Annett, describes some of the campaign and how to be involved.
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AT THE MOUTH OF A CANNON puts a human face on Genocide in Canada. It depicts the last-stand resistance by one west coast indigenous nation to a three-headed assault by the British Crown, its churches, and land-hungry companies. Leading that opposition are the succeeding generations of the Maquinna clan, the hereditary Ahousaht war-chiefs who must battle not only smallpox-bearing missionaries, gunships and loggers but their own fellow chiefs who seek to accommodate to and accept the white invaders. And that battle is far from over.
AT THE MOUTH OF A CANNON is one man’s discovery and personal account of the untold story of the Ahousahts and how their nation and land was seized by foreigners. A renegade clergyman from his own United Church that led the assault on the Ahousahts, author Kevin Annett befriended and fought alongside Chief Earl Maquinna George during the 1990′s as he struggled alone to stop the sale and logging of the last of the Ahousaht ancestral land on Flores Island. This is a moving story of Group Crime and resistance, of who owns British Columbia and how natives and whites alike are expected to dance to the tune of multinational corporations. But the unconquerable spirit of a few souls on either side of the racial divide struggles to prevail against overwhelming odds and big money.
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dc Campus Administrators Seize Student Newspaper after it publishes article by Kevin Annett on medical atrocities against Indians performed next door
Nanaimo, British Columbia
January 12, 2018
Kevin Annett reports:
I can’t say I was that surprised when this latest boot of censorship descended. After all, Canadian universities don’t like their students thinking too much about “forbidden” subjects, like homegrown genocide. For once again, college administrators in this country have displayed their moral and intellectual turpitude by censoring a story that exposed dirty laundry too close to home: specifically, concerning the half-century of medical atrocities that went on right next door to their campus, at the hands of the Canadian military and the United Church of Canada.
The scene of this latest fiasco, and crime, is Vancouver Island University (VIU) in Nanaimo, B.C. The banned article in question, written by yours truly, concerns the infamous Nanaimo Indian Hospital, where generations of Indian children were sterilized, tortured, starved, drugged, and used as involuntary test subjects by army and church doctors, according to eyewitnesses and hard evidence quoted in the article.
Early in December of 2017, my submission about the hospital was published by the VIU student newspaper The Navigator with the full blessings of its editors. But barely a day later, all of the copies of the “offending” issue of that paper were seized by VIU campus security acting for the administration. No reason was ever given for the seizure. But the standard Canadian fog of intimidation and secrecy has kept mouths closed and the censorship of the article hidden until just this past week, when people began to talk. (The banned article is reprinted below)
Some of my Nanaimo associates are sweating outrage in the wake of this news. In truth, I love it when we can provoke the system like this, and watch as its veneer of civility and pseudo-academic freedom gets blown away by the hysterical, knee-jerk repression from the powers that pretend to be. For the VIU administrators have by their extreme reaction proven the truth of what’s in the censored report. If the article’s claims were not true, the offended parties would have countered with the real facts and I’d have received a legal writ demanding a public recanting and apology. But as usual, nothing like that has happened. Instead, there’s been no denial of the crimes and no counter-evidence presented – just a quick silencing of the whole issue.
In short, we’re witnessing once again the same familiar scenario of institutionalized cover up and censorship of crimes against humanity in Canada. The game plan never changes, for the parties that did the crime are still threatened by it, and must erase the evidence and those who speak of it. But fortunately, what also doesn’t change is the fallout created by such stupid repression. Some formerly-obtuse VIU folks have received a wake up call and can be expected to be radicalized by this latest boot. For as the veteran hell raiser Saul Alinsky observed,
“An oppressive system, properly goaded, can be your best ally. Its tyrannical over reaction, not your efforts alone, is what will politicize a new generation.”
Sure enough, a group of VIU students are already protesting this attack on freedom of speech to the campus bosses, including by staging rallies and distributing copies of the banned article to their fellow students. Ah, youth. Carry it on!
To follow the progress of this battle listen to these upcoming radio programs featuring yours truly and others:
Here We Stand, Sunday January 21 at 3 pm pacific, 6 pm eastern at www.bbsradio.com/herewestand , and
CHLY 101.7 FM (VIU campus radio) on Saturday January 27 at 11 am , live streamed at https://www.chly.ca/listen/
And follow the fun at www.itccs.org and upcoming youtube postings there. Now for the dangerous truth they don’t want you to read!
Who and What is buried next door to VIU? Genocide in our own Backyard
November 15, 2017
I was used like a guinea pig in the Nanaimo Indian Hospital for over seven years. Lots of children died in there and they’re still lying out in that field somewhere. – Joan Morris, speaking at Malaspina College (VIU) in March of 2004
Look to the south of the VIU campus across Fifth street and you’ll see a tangle of foliage behind stern barbed wire fencing. For over half a century it was the site of the Nanaimo Indian Hospital (NIH), a prison-like experimental center run by the United Church and the Canadian military. Survivors claim and records confirm that hundreds of children died there from grisly medical experiments and other barbarities.
“They were all aboriginal kids, scooped off reserves or out of the residential schools” describes Joan Morris, a Songhees native woman from Victoria who was incarcerated at the NIH when she was barely five years old.
“The Indian Affairs doctor lied to my mother and said I had TB when I didn’t. They had me in that hospital until I was a teenager. They were always giving me shots and things to drink that made me sick. They’d do surgeries on me. They broke all the bones in my feet so I couldn’t run away. Later, I found out I couldn’t have children. They were sterilizing a lot of the girls in there.”
Joan first surfaced her story more than a dozen years ago at a series of public forums at VIU, known then as Malaspina College. At these forums Joan named the men who experimented on her, like the local Doctors Weinrib and Schmidt who were employed by the Canadian military during the 1960′s and ’70′s. Shortly after Joan gave her talks to handful-sized audiences at the college, the remaining buildings on the NIH grounds were bulldozed down by the City of Nanaimo and the area was padlocked.
“They were always warning us never to talk about what happened to us” describes Joan. “When the hospital closed some army officers came to our home and said we’d go to jail if we talked about it because it was all national security.”
The official censorship went further. In the spring of 1999, shortly after the media first reported the NIH allegations, the federal government “officially sealed” its archives on the NIH and other Indian hospitals across Canada. But separate records held at the UBC Koerner Library confirm that the NIH received major funding from both the Defense Research Board and the United Church of Canada to conduct “classified experimental research” on generations of aboriginal women and children.
“After they grabbed me my mother made a fuss so they put her in there with me too” Joan describes. “They did that to lots of Indian families all over the island. Lots of people were dying in there. Every morning they were taking little dead bodies out of the wards on those metal gurneys. My cousin Nancy Joe saw them bury those kids in the field behind us, up near the highway.”
Esther Morris, a distant relative of Joan, was also incarcerated at the NIH during the 1960′s. In 2007 she too went public.
“They kept me strapped into this weird device so I could never lie down or stand up, just held like that for months on end” says Esther. “I lost the use of my legs. An orderly said it was for space research. It was funny because some of the doctors couldn’t speak English and they needed a translator.”
The NIH was just the tip of a huge iceberg of state and church-sponsored crimes against humanity in Canada that span over a century and have never been prosecuted. Many of these atrocities are documented in the book Murder by Decree: The Crime of Genocide in Canada, Past and Present (2016), a compilation of over twenty years of independent research. Murder by Decree documents how the NIH experiments, including involuntary sterilizations, were performed routinely among west coast Indians by missionary and local doctors. (See it at www.createspace.com/6085632 and www.murderbydecree.com )
Sarah Modeste of the Cowichan Nation was sterilized at the King’s Daughters clinic in Duncan, BC in the early 1950′s by Dr. James Goodbrand. As Sarah describes in Murder by Decree,
“Dr. Goodbrand said to me, ‘If you marry Freddy, I’ll have to do an operation on you because he’s not a Christian’. So later when Goodbrand delivered my first baby after that I was all bruised and hurting. Then I learned I’d been sterilized … Goodbrand told me he was being paid $300 by the government for every Indian woman he sterilized”.
Involuntary sterilizations and medical experiments have been illegal under international law since 1948, and are defined as crimes against humanity. Yet Canada and its churches not only did those crimes but have whitewashed them and absolved themselves of any liability. And not one person has ever been brought to trial in Canada for these wrongs, or for the death of children in these hospitals and residential schools, from where half of the little prisoners never returned.
While Joan Morris and the children who died at the NIH have never had their day in a Canadian court, they have it at an historic trial in Brussels during 2012 and 2013. Based in part on Joan’s testimony and those of dozens of others of survivors of the Canadian genocide, the International Common Law Court of Justice found Canada, its churches and the Crown of England and the Vatican guilty of crimes against humanity.
As a result of this verdict and under international law, Canadians are obligated not to pay their taxes to a convicted criminal regime like their own government – or to fund similarly sentenced bodies like the United Church – lest they be found guilty of colluding in their crimes.
Whatever happens, the atrocity remains. The lost children of the NIH are waiting to be found and brought home for a proper burial. And the VIU community has to ask itself how it can dwell alongside and remain oblivious to genocide in its own backyard: a crime that if not confronted can only continue.