Breaking News - Monday, October 25, 2010
Ottawa, Canada - A newly formed International Tribunal has informed the government of Canada that, in partnership with aboriginal people, it will commence forensic excavations at twenty eight mass grave sites near former Indian residential schools across Canada after March 1, 2011, if Canada continues to refuse to prosecute those responsible for the deaths of thousands of children in these schools.
In a letter to Prime Minister Steven Harper today, the Acting Secretary of the six-nation International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State, (ITCCS) Reverend Kevin Annett, gave Canada and its churches four months to begin repatriating the remains of children who died in these schools, and bring to trial those responsible for their deaths.
Rev. Annett stated that his group had been approached and invited to conduct such an inquiry by "very many" aboriginal survivors of Indian Residential schools across Canada.
“After March 1, 2011, our Tribunal will intervene and conduct any inquiry and forensic study which Canada refuses to do, at the invitation of survivors of Indian residential schools” stated Rev. Annett.
“The evidence is there, that many thousands of children died in residential schools. The continued refusal by Canada and its courts to prosecute those responsible is a clear obstruction of justice, and makes Canada an accessory to a crime against humanity.”
On September 29, Judge Murray Sinclair of Canada’s “Truth and Reconciliation Commission” stated publicly that “Thousands of children died in the schools, and their parents were never informed of how they died or where they were buried.”
The ITCCS will be issuing a Public Summons to Prime Minister Harper and other church and state officials to appear before a London Tribunal during the week of April 4-8, 2011, to answer charges of crimes against humanity.
The ITCCS has already issued such a Summons to Pope Benedict, Joseph Ratzinger, and six senior Cardinals at the Vatican. The ITCCS consists of member groups from Canada, the USA, Ireland, Australia, England and Thailand.
A copy of the ITCCS letter to Prime Minister Harper is attached.
For more information contact the ITCCS at: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Kevin Annett, ITCCS Acting Secretary
1-250-753-3345 (Canada) www.hiddenfromhistory.org
October 25, 2010
Prime Minister Steven Harper
Government of Canada
Dear Mr. Harper,
I am writing to you in my capacity as the Acting Secretary of The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS) to inform you that as of March 1, 2011, our organization will commence an independent investigation, including forensic excavations, at suspected mass grave sites near former Indian Residential Schools across Canada, if your government continues to refuse to investigate these sites and prosecute those responsible for the deaths of children in these schools.
The statement from your Office in February, 2008 which declared that, although criminal acts occurred in these schools, no criminal charges would be laid, indicates a clear policy by your government to officially exonerate the churches and persons responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of children.
Such a policy makes you and your government accessories to a crime under international law, and a pariah body in the Community of Nations.
At the request of survivors of Indian residential schools, our Tribunal will commence our own Inquiry into these deaths as of March 1, 2011, if your government has not done the following:
- Publicly disclose all the evidence held by you and the Catholic, Anglican and United Church of Canada regarding the deaths of children in Indian residential schools, and the location of their buried remains.
2. Begin a public and unconditional process of repatriation of
those remains to their families for a proper burial.
- Commence criminal legal proceedings against the persons and institutions responsible for these deaths.
A copy of this letter has been issued to the world media and major governments.
I hope to receive a reply from you no later than November 15, 2010.
(signed in the original)
Rev. Kevin D. Annett, M.A., M.Div.
Acting Secretary, The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS)
260 Kennedy St.
Canada V9R 2H8