A delusion wrapped in hysteria inside a conspiracy theory.
As Reuters reports, the city of Victoria, capital of British Columbia, has canceled the July 1 Canada Day celebration “after the discovery of unmarked graves of children at a now-defunct indigenous boarding school.” This “discovery” of more than 200 remains, reportedly by ground-penetrating radar, is the latest edition of a conspiracy theory charging a deliberate campaign of “genocide,” by Canada and its churches, with participants including the Queen of England.
Back in September, 1964, according to the theory, the Queen and Prince Phillip visited the Kamloops Residential School, took ten children on a picnic, and those children were never seen again. As a Reuters fact check discovered, the Queen was not in Canada during that month. She came to Canada in October, 1964, for the centenary of the Confederation Conference but did not visit British Columbia. The Queen did visit Kamloops in 1959 but Reuters found no evidence that she and Prince Phillip abducted 10 children from the school, which closed in 1977. The Queen visited Kamloops again in 1983 but nothing emerged about the picnic abduction.
Even so, the Queen and Prince Philip were found guilty in the disappearance of the children by the “International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State,” and the order to arrest Queen Elizabeth was issued by the “International Common Law Court of Justice in Brussels.” As Reuters learned, both of these bodies, “seem to be inventions of Kevin Annett a former pastor who was removed from his ministry in 1997 for spreading conspiracy theories.”
In 2008, Kamloops This Week published a story headlined “Burial Ground – or Bogus?” in Annett claimed the land around Kamloops Indian Residential School contained remains of children. The abduction charge against the Queen first appeared in a February, 2010 statement by William Combes, who claimed to be “an Interior Salish spirit dancer” and also accused Catholic priests of torture and murder. Combes died in 2011 and that year Kevin Annett began citing “eyewitness accounts” of skeletons within walls, graves on the grounds of Indian schools, and so forth. Local residents knew nothing of those stories, and neither did the police.
Born in Edmonton, Alberta, in 1956, Arnett was a United Church of Canada minister in Port Alberni, British Columbia but “delisted” in 1997 after being found unsuitable for the ministry.
Despite his wild, unsubstantiated charges – or more likely because of them – the ex-minister has cultivated a following. On a 2016 U.S. tour, the Davis Vanguard, billed Annett as a “longtime political activist, author and Nobel Peace Prize nominee.” As it happens, that “nomination” came not from the Nobel committee but a group of American and Canadian academics, by some accounts including Noam Chomsky.
Annett now calls himself Eagle Strong Voice but something like Little Barking Loon might be too kind. In this video, backdropped by a red, white and blue flag of the “Republic of Kanata,” Annette challenges prime minister Justin Trudeau to a debate on “how must Canada and its churches be punished for the proven crime of genocide.”
Like many in the USA and Canada, Annett operates under the Dictatorship of the Subjunctive Mood (DSM), a permanent self-enforced dissociation from truth, facts and reality. Under this deranged dynamic, the United States has always been a worthless racist state and Canada is nothing more than a graveyard of genocide. True to form, when the Kamloops story broke in May, Canadian New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh said “It is a genocide that is ongoing.”
As it turns out, the remains discovered on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School are not in a mass grave but a series of unmarked graves, according to Chief Rosanne Casimir. She announced the ground-penetrating radar (GPR) that allegedly found the remains of 215 children. The findings have yet to be independently verified and the full report expected by the end of June has yet to appear.
According to forensic experts, identifying the remains is a painstaking process that could take decades. “Keeping an open mind when interpreting GPR data is important,” this technical article on “grave” interpretational mistakes contends, “because what you expect to see in the data, and what you really do see in the data, may not match.”
For an actual case of proven genocide, see Murder of a Gentle Land: the Untold Story of Genocide in Cambodia, by John Barron and Anthony Paul. For the more than 60 million murdered by Communist China, see The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression, by Stephane Courtois and a team of scholars. Canadians might also recall Canada’s actions against the genocidal National Socialist Regime in Germany.
From July 1942 until September of 1944, the Nazis deported 97,776 Jews from the Westerbork transit camp in Holland. A full 54,930 were shipped to Auschwitz, 34,313 to Sobibor, 4,771 to the Theresienstadt ghetto and 3,762 to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Most of those deported to Auschwitz and Sobibor were killed on arrival. On April 12, 1945, the “B” Squadron of the 8th Canadian Reconnaissance Regiment liberated the Westerbork Camp, saving 876 inmates from certain death.
On D-Day in Normandy, at Monte la Difensa in Italy, and battles across Europe, Canadian forces played a major role in the victory over National Socialist Germany. Instead of canceling Canada Day over an unproven story, officials should honor Canada’s remaining World War II veterans. Had they and the allies not defeated Hitler, Nazi genocide could be ongoing to this day.