http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/experime...-says-1.1324773 Experiments on aboriginal children 'monstrous,'
Former Canadian Prime Minister says Paul Martin urges federal government to disclose all records on testing 'horrors'
Former prime minister Paul Martin is urging the federal government to clear the air on "monstrous" reports of nutritional experiments carried out on malnourished First Nations children
– and tackle the poverty and discrimination that persists in aboriginal communities today.
In an interview with CBC News, Martin said there must be a full disclosure of all relevant records to get a complete picture of the "horror" that took place in the 1940s and 1950s – and how the legacy of that harm continues now.
"Canadians are entitled to know the whole story, and they're entitled not to have it leak out to them in dribs and drabs this way, but they're entitled to have the story out, and the people who are good analysts who understand this kind of thing put it into context," he said. "Because it is simply too horrible to contemplate, and the only way in which the vow of 'never again' can have any substance is if people have a full awareness of what happened."
Shocked by revelations
Martin was shocked by revelations from the research of Canadian food historian Ian Mosby, which found that at least 1,300 aboriginal people, most of them children, were used as test subjects in the 1940s and 1950s
by researchers probing the effectiveness of vitamin supplements.
It began in 1942 on about 300 Cree in Norway House in northern Manitoba, with plans subsequently developed for research on about 1,000 aboriginal children
in six residential schools in Port Alberni, B.C., Kenora, Ont., Shubenacadie, N.S., and Lethbridge, Alta.
B.C. residential school survivor says he was starved
Subjects were kept on starvation-level diets, and given or denied vitamins, minerals and certain foods. Some dental services were also withdrawn because researchers thought healthier teeth and gums might skew results.
"When you read or hear about horrors that took place 200 years ago, to a certain extent you say maybe they were different, those people," Martin said. "The kinds of things that happened in the 1940s – we could have known those people – and that they would take those kinds of decisions, do those kinds of things … it's almost impossible to imagine that could have happened."
Legacy of harm on descendants
Martin said thousands of descendants of the victims are likely still hurting as a direct result of past abuse. And he said more funding for health care, trauma care and education is critical for addressing wrongs of the past.
"When you realize the effect that it had not simply on those people – where it must have been terrible – but on the generations that followed, you begin to understand why treating aboriginal Canadians fairly and funding not just on an equal basis but recognizing the need, and the need for 'catch-up,' becomes crucial," he said.
"The fact that education funding, health care funding, welfare funding is still substantially below the funding that non-aboriginals receive is just simply unspeakable. It's despicable, and there is no excuse for this."
When serving as prime minister, Martin endorsed the Kelowna Accord, which pledged $5 billion over 10 years to improved education, employment and living conditions for aboriginals. It was subsequently scrapped by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Even though education is a universal right in Canada, Martin said persistent funding gaps have led to "unacceptable discrimination." While he said he did not want to get partisan while speaking about the sensitive historic issue of experimentation, Martin called it "unforgiveable" that the Conservative government won't address current funding gaps.
Determine scope of experiments
NDP aboriginal affairs critic Jean Crowder called the experiment revelations "shocking" and urged immediate action by the government to determine the scope of what happened.
"To treat First Nations like a lab experiment and as less than human is pretty appalling," she told CBC News.
Crowder said the government must deliver an apology and swiftly engage with victims' families and aboriginal leaders in the affected communities to determine if, and how, compensation should be awarded. She also demanded a full disclosure of relevant records.
"They need to go through their archives and pull the documents. And I would suggest while they were at it they should take a look to see what else might have gone on," she said.
Address wrongs of past and problems that persist
Liberal aboriginal affairs critic Carolyn Bennett called it "stomach-turning" that hungry children would be used as guinea pigs
She said the government must immediately engage with the affected aboriginal communities and families of victims to determine the best course of action for remediation. But along with a commitment to address the wrongs of the past must be a commitment to tackle the problems that continue to plague aboriginal communities right now, she said.
"This is about acknowledging the past and engaging with the people in a meaningful way, but it is always about dealing with the situation right now," she said. "This is something all Canadians need to better understand, this appalling chapter in our shared history.
The Prime Minister’s Office referred requests for comment to Minister of Aboriginal Affairs Bernard Valcourt. His spokeswoman, Andrea Richer said the minister is travelling and unavailable for an interview.
Instead, she issued a statement on his behalf:
"We are concerned about these allegations and officials are looking into the matter. If this story is true, this is abhorrent and completely unacceptable," she said.http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=957_1389383546
In December 2012, Press TV aired a report entitled "Alberta takes aboriginal kids from parents at high rate" in which Joshua Blakeney, Press TV’s Calgary correspondent, claimed that Alberta's child protective services were engaged in the human trafficking of First Nations children
. Blakeney stated that “Some upset parents allege that there is a profit motive behind what they refer to as Canada’s so-called child protective services” and asserted that an anti-terrorism squad, called INSET, was responsible for the abductions.
One of the veiled women interviewed in the report (who was not identified) claimed that her “aboriginal children” were taken by a squad of 32 police officers." Another woman interviewed stated that “It definitely is a money-making scheme, because a lot of native children have been sold into adoption, but it is also used as an assimilation program and a genocidal program.
” The report also showed written messages of “Help me! Now!!”, which were allegedly written by abducted children.
The allegations in the report were immediately denied by Government officials and Native leaders. Cindy Blackstock, an associate professor at the University of Alberta and executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada denied the report was true, stating that "The factors driving aboriginal children into care have been well-known for 15 years; it’s poverty, poor housing and substance abuse...The federal government provides significantly less funding on reserves than for all other Canadians … but I have never in my life heard of any military undertones to this.”
Blakeney has also claimed in reports published or broadcast by Press TV, that the appearance of Canada's new $20 bill was evidence that Canada “remained an imperialist nation” and that "90% of Canadian youth felt stressed about careers." Blakeney subsequently claimed that his reports for Press TV are “defiantly illuminating the skeletons in Canada’s closet.”
In another report, reporter Ali Dashti made several charges against the Canadian government, including:
Secret plans to “steal indigenous children”; “Ignorance of the First Nation land rights”; Jailing refugees without cause; and using excessive force to suppress student protests.”
Another program interviewed Alfred Lambremont Webre, who was described as an “international lawyer” based in Vancouver. Webre stated Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is an “out and out Zionist” who is engaging in the “same repressive policies within Canada that Israel follows within its own territories against the Palestinian people.” Webre then described a conspiracy between Vancouver police and serial killer Robert Pickton "to commit ritual Satanic murders with high-ranking politicians." Finally, Webre claimed that the Queen of England abducted 10 Aboriginal children in 1964. Concluding his comments, Webre described Canada as “the ultimate Zionist state under the British Crown and under Israel.”
ResponsesPaul Heinbecker, a former Canadian ambassador to the United Nations and a distinguished fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation at the University of Waterloo, has stated that Press TV is highlighting Canada's First Nations in order to “negate” Canadian reports of human rights allegations against Iran. Heinbecker stated that “The human rights situations in the two countries are scarcely comparable … but our own very real shortcomings on Aboriginal issues … are fodder for the Iranian efforts.”
Iranian native Payam Akhavan, a professor of international law at McGill University, stated that “Canada’s diplomatic posture has elevated its ranking in the regime’s demonology charts.”
Ed Corrigan, an immigration lawyer and former councillor for London, Ontario, is a regular guest on Press TV. Corrigan, who has boasted that "There’s very few people in Canada who have more expertise on Middle East politics than I do,” argues that Press TV is demonstrating the “international opinion” of Canada's treatment of its native peoples, explaining that “We tend to forget about our conquest of North America … but most countries in the world see it as a colonial exercise.”
Canadian journalist Eric Walberg, who has claimed that the 2011 Norway attacks were actually an Israeli plot “complete with rabbinical blessings for the murderers,” has defended Press TV's coverage of Canada, stating that "Iran media is merely following the news...Don’t look for conspiracies where there are none.”
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video and story from Mohawk Mothers7 Mohawk Babies Held Hostage over Pipelines https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1552412545025445
The media refused to publish this Political story, that is, until Joshua Blakeney from Press TV came along.
This story is a sneak-peak of what happens to Native families who fight corruption on Treaty Secured Lands, as well as those who oppose Oil Pipelines & Tar Sands development. This story was originally supposed to be one of many more to come.... that is until until he was silenced.
Calgary, Alberta Judges declared this family "DOMESTIC TERRORISTS", without any criminal charges being filed or alledged against this family. The Alberta RCMP has a secret 'Hit-List' for activists or for advocates of Native Treaty rights. CFSA insider confirmed the death threat and caseworker Natalia Roubaud told the family she will never return their children as long as the father is on the Alberta RCMP 'hit-list'. When one of the mothers exposed the RCMP death-threat against the family to the Calgary Court trial Judge R.J. O'Gorman, he told her to "sit down & be quiet or else I will throw you in jail and take away all your Constitutional rights! The Sheriff is right there!" This family was also told by CFSA as well as numerous Judges, Judge Jordan, Judge Tousignant, Judge Larochelle, & Judge O'Gorman, to drop their "POLITICAL STANCE or else they WILL NEVER GET THEIR CHILDREN BACK"!
The major case in BC with regards to the missing Native women & children, not only include allegations of the BC RCMP's involvement, but Government Officials as well, and includes Native children from Southern Alberta. (see Links on "Memorandum on Eyewitness Evidence of the Organized Abduction, Torture, Exploitation and Murder of Women and Children on Canada's West Coast")
* Memorandum on Eyewitne...st Coast
7 Tyendinaga Mohawk decendants as well as their parents, have been continuously denied due process of law since the begining of this case. Legal representation for the 7 Mohawk Babies, Christine LeQuere, refused to support any applications which would enable the children's Treaty rights to be recognized so they may return home to Ontario as was originally planned.A PUBLIC INQUIRY NEEDS TO TAKE PLACE AS STEVEN HARPER & ALISON REDFORD'S ALBERTA RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL POLICY, IMPOSED ON THE 7 MOHAWK BABIES, MUST COME TO A FINAL END!http://www.presstv.com/detail/2012/12/10/277302/canada-takes-aboriginal-kids-away/ http://genocidejustifiedbypipelines.webs.com/apps/blog/ http://genocidejustifiedbypipelines.webs.com/
Alberta takes aboriginal kids from parents at high rate
Child-protection services take children away from their aboriginal parents, at a comparatively high rate, in Canada’s western province of Alberta, Press TV reports. “It is a business... thirty two officers took the children at gun point
. Treated us like terrorists…they said you are not getting your children back
,” said an aboriginal woman whose children were taken from her by Canada’s counter-terrorism forces
. Studies suggest that the Alberta government is seizing children at an alarming high rate. Whereas the government of Japan takes only 17 children per 10 thousand and the government of the Canadian province of Ontario 64 per 10 thousand, the Alberta government takes an astounding 111 children per 10 thousand. Many native Canadians believe the country’s family law is often ambiguous with nebulous allegations of neglect for parenting serving as justifications for the state-sanctioned removal of children
. They say there is a profit motive behind what they call kidnapping of their children by the so-called child protection services. “It definitely is a money making scheme because a lot of native children have been sold into adoption
,” another native Canadian woman told Press TV. Recently, the UN has strongly condemned Canada's record on children's rights, and accused Ottawa of systematic discrimination against aborigines and immigrants. According to reports, Canada has forced thousands of aboriginal children into ghastly boarding schools where they have been abused sexually, psychologically, and physically
. Meanwhile, more than 600 aboriginal women and young girls are missing in the country amid reports of rape, mutilation, and murder. http://edition.presstv.ir/detail.fa/277302.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlDhg1WcB3whttp://www.presstv.com/detail/2012/12/10/277302/canada-takes-aboriginal-kids-away/ A History of White People in Canada 1497 and So On: A History of White People in Canada http://kevinannett.com/2015/01/15/a-history-of-white-people-in-canada/ http://itccs.org/2011/02/02/memorandum-o...m-eyewitnesses/