An Open Letter to John “what corpses?” Duncan from Kevin Annett – Rawennatshani

News Item: Ottawa, Canada -  October 28, 2011:
Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan claims Indian residential schools “were not genocide” but “an education policy gone wrong”

Dear John,
So what’s the problem, boyo? Was it laundry day in Ottawa, or something? I mean, why would you stand up all naked like that in public and expose yourself with such a dumb-assed statement?
It’s prefectly Canadian, of course, to deny our worst deeds, especially towards Indians, but you didn’t have to do so in such a stupid manner. “Education policy gone wrong”? Wow.

Just for clarification, John, exactly what aspect of federal Indian education policy included the mandatory gang raping of children, their torturing with electric cattle prods, and forcibly sterilizing them at puberty?

Did Indian education, in your opinion, involve deliberately exposing kids to tuberculosis and letting them die untreated? Or giving boys and girls as young as five an hour of schooling each day before forcing them to labor in the fields or as domestic servants to rich white pedophiles?

That was, after all, the normal “curriculum” in your typical Christian Indian residential school across Canada for more than a century something you conveniently didn’t mention.

It’s not that I mind your strange faux pas, of course, John. Your bit of Holocaust Denial babble today actually did my job for me, big time. Just yesterday, I tried convincing American and British radio commentators that, despite all the “healing and reconciliation” rhetoric vomiting forth from Ottawa, Canadian politicians are still in utter denial about their own statistics: that nearly one-half of all the residential school children never survived.

Your words proved my point, admirably; and in appreciation, I’m tempted to offer you an honorary position on the board of our International Tribunal into Crimes of Chruch and State.

But seriously, John, when cabinet ministers like you start publicly contradicting their own Prime Ministers like you’ve done, they’re obviously jittery about something. I dare to suggest that our commencing forensic surveys and digs of mass graves at Canada’s oldest Indian residential school this past month has something to do with your defensive remark.

I imagine your telephone wires have been humming over the excavations, John, and not just from all those good ol’ boy constituents of yours back home. Traditional Mohawks, digging up residential school graves without your okay? Holy shit, John Boy! Ain’t it time to call out the army, or sumpthin’?

I am curious about your jitters, though. It’s not as if any other Member of Parliament is going to bite your ass over your implied allegation that an “education policy” was behind the death of more than 50,000 little kids. Politicians, like church leaders and the corporate-run media in this country, will believe any bullshit whitewashing of their own, homegrown genocide as long as it placates their white guilt and legal liability.

But maybe, somewhere inside, you know that “education policy” can’t possibly be used to explain all those mass graves, or the deliberate starving and killing of generations of children in the Christian internment camps you guys like to call “Indian residential schools”.

So I’m hoping against hope that your statement today marks a shift in Canadian government policy, away from the present ridiculous pretense that church and state are actually serious about uncovering and coming clean about their own horror and crimes against the innocent. Otherwise, it doesn’t make a hell of a lot of sense for you to deny that genocide, on the one hand, while continuing to lavishly fund a “truth and reconciliation commission” to ostensibly reveal the same genocide.

But maybe I’m assuming too much intelligent design on the part of the Harper government, and you?

Either way, John, the next time you open your mouth about “residential schools”, you might first read the statements of your own predecessor at the helm of Indian Affairs, Duncan Campbell Scott, when he said,

Our policy in the Indian boarding schools is not to educate but to kill the Indian within the Indian until there is no more Indian problem.

Or, my favourite remark of his,

Fifty percent of the Indian students do not survive boarding school to receive the benefits we offer them.

John, the only education policy gone wrong is the kind of sanitized garbage we white Canadians feed our own unsuspecting children about ourselves and the real history of our country.

But thanks for the assistance, anyway. I’ll see you at the next occupation.