Why is no action taken against allegations that children were murdered in boarding schools in Canada?


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Over the past two years, countless news reports have been published about missing children, mass graves and unmarked graves in Indian Residential Schools (IRS) across Canada. First, the news that the graves of 215 of her students were discovered at the Kamloops Indian Boarding School at the end of May 2021 was shocking to say the least. (Even me was shocked, I lived and worked in two boarding schools.)

Since then, many other reports claim that hundreds, if not thousands, of Indigenous children died or were murdered, and their bodies were often secretly buried in the middle of the night. . actually, Justice Murray Sinclair said CBC radio host Matt Galloway says he believes between 15,000 and 25,000 IRS students are missing and possibly murdered. It is against this background that the New York Times called an article on this topic “”.horrifying history.”: Reported mass graves of indigenous children in Canada.”

So far, there is no verifiable evidence to support this claim. No bodies have yet been unearthed. And, perhaps more importantly, the Truth and Reconciliation report said the RCMP investigated 15 of her deaths at various boarding schools and concluded that all were due to accidents or illness. I’m here.

Even with the RCMP investigation in mind, readers may be surprised to learn that the report from Kamloops isn’t the first time children have been reported murdered in Canadian boarding schools. The testimony was when Doris Young told the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) on June 22, 2012. Final TRC report:

“All I remember is all these screams and blood on the walls. [Crying]…and was told that if we said or tried to run away, the same thing would happen to us. [Crying] So it was a dangerous time for the kids at the time, and for me at the time. [Crying] I had already seen it, so I had no idea who was going to be killed next. [Crying]”

It is strange that Ms. Young’s public testimony did not provoke the kind of public outcry that occurred after the Kamloops report was made public. Moreover, the committee included two of his attorneys, Chief Wilton Littlechild and Justice Murray Sinclair, who referred Mr. Young’s evidence to the appropriate authorities for a thorough investigation. I did.Similarly, none 94 Call to Action (Recommendation) The TRC report urges law enforcement to search schoolyards around 143 boarding schools to find the bodies of children killed or missing.

Instead, both the Commissioner and the media waited nine years for the Kamloops revelations to come to light before saying anything about the possibility that other children were murdered at boarding schools. Indeed, Doris Young. reported that the murder of one child would have caused as much anguish and distress as the possible murder of 215 children at the Kamloops Boarding School.

Even more seriously, high-ranking Canadian government officials, the Prime Minister and the Governor-General, have spoken as if the claims of the murdered children were proven facts. take down the Canadian flag on the building of Over $110 million available For an indigenous band to exhume the bodies. However, no bodies have been found so far.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has said that reconciliation requires truth, but the recent surge in news coverage has made transparency and verification more difficult in investigating crimes and establishing whether claims are true. is also an important principle.

Indeed, allegations that indigenous children were murdered while attending Indian boarding schools require thorough investigation. An independent agency like his RCMP, with the mandate and expertise, needs to thoroughly investigate the allegations without governmental or institutional interference. In fact, there is no call to action. 25 of the TRC report states: ”

I don’t think any Canadian, Aboriginal or not, believes that those who abuse or murder boarding school children should go unpunished. Also, I doubt any Canadian would think that her innocent IRS employee should be condemned and punished. Nevertheless, the government and the press have acted as if he was an IRS employee guilty of a variety of crimes, including the murder of Indigenous children and the burial of bodies in schoolyards. rice field.

No democracy works without a commitment to truth, transparency and verification by governments and the press. These values ​​must be reestablished as fundamental to Canada and its citizens. Without these values, Canadians are incapable of honest and fair reconciliation. If we aim for a peaceful and just reconciliation, Canadians certainly deserve more.

Views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The Epoch Times.

Rodney A. Clifton

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Rodney A. Clifton is Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba and Senior Fellow of the Frontier Center for Public Policy.