Genocide in Canada – The Canadian Holocaust
The Canadian genocide, the eradication of “Indian Peoples”, is amongst the most systematic and deceptive of all genocides. Assimilation runs parallel with eradication. Typical genocides are fuelled by mindless hatred – a need to blame economic/social problems on a minority, and then eradicate that minority in an elaborate scheme to gain power by taking it away from others. The Canadian genocide – the systematic destruction of native culture and elimination of its practitioners – was fuelled, in the public eye, by a deceptive notion of helping the native people; of educating them so that they may function in a modern society. The idea presented to the public about Residential Schools wasn’t one of the eradication of Native people, but one of curing them of their so-called primitive culture and pagan values. Prevailing and dominant Canadian history presents a story in which the elimination of the Native peoples was not genocide, in a rather successful attempt to cover-up the monstrosities which were sanctioned by the Government of Canada. Many of these monstrosities occurred as recently as within the past century, and this report will reveal these atrocious acts.
Canada is a signatory of the “United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide”, a convention adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 9, 1948. Canada signed this Convention on November 28, 1949 (Wiki 1). The Convention defines genocide as the “Intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethical, racial or religious group as such:
- Killing members of the group;
- Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
- Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part,
- Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
- Forcibly, transferring children of the group to another group.” (UN Article 2)
Canada’s eradication of the Native peoples through their residential schools conforms to every definition of what a genocide is. Each definition will be covered in this report, as will be the steps that allowed for such an act to be committed.