An Open Letter and Appeal to American Academicians, Politicians, and Citizens
An Open Letter and Appeal to American Academicians, Politicians and Citizens:
In recognition of the unique scholarly, historical, and humanitarian importance of the work and witness of Kevin Annett, M.A., M.Div.
August 24, 2021
Last May, the mass graves of children were unearthed at a former Indian residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia. Since then, a wave of media interest and popular outrage has swept the world regarding the planned genocide of generations of indigenous children by Canadian church and state.
Unfortunately, what has not been reported is that this discovery and the growing awareness of Crimes against Humanity in Canada has been the result of the sustained and pioneering work of one man for over a quarter century: a scholar and former United Church clergyman named Kevin Annett.
In the words of Professor Noam Chomsky,
“Kevin Annett is far more deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize than are many who have received it in the past.” (August 9, 2002)
Years before it became fashionable and safe to speak of the Indian residential school genocide, Kevin Annett initiated and led every public campaign in Canada to document, expose and prosecute the individuals and institutions responsible for the torture and death of more than 60,000 children. He did so against enormous odds and the opposition of all official Canadian society, after being wrongfully fired and “defrocked” by his church, blacklisted, assaulted, smeared, and stripped of his family and livelihood.
Through nothing else than courage and persistence, Kevin and a handful of indigenous people built a grassroots movement that eventually forced the Canadian government to acknowledge its homegrown genocide, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did publicly on June 3, 2019. Such an achievement by a persecuted and penniless man is nothing short of remarkable, and even epic.
(A Chronology of this campaign and a list of media coverage of it can be seen at http://murderbydecree.com/2021/07/17/a-timeline-of-events-that-exposed-genocide-in-canada/#page-content )
What is especially important about Kevin Annett’s achievement is that it has been the result of his meticulous documentation of the Canadian genocide based on eyewitness testimonies, archival documentation and forensic investigations. That work has been summarized in Kevin’s numerous books, documentary films and years of public lecturing, advocacy, and protest.
As early as the summer of 1998, Kevin proved conclusively that the enormous death rate in the church-run residential schools was not the result of random “abuses” or underfunding but arose from a deliberate policy and practice of race-targeted extermination devised by the Canadian government and its churches in 1889 and continuing until 1996. This fact was affirmed by the investigations of the first and only independent Tribunal into Canadian Indian residential school crimes, convened in Vancouver in June 1998 by the United Nations affiliate IHRAAM.
When that Tribunal eventually recommended to the United Nations that Canada and the Catholic, Anglican and United Church be publicly charged with genocide, it based its findings on Kevin Annett’s voluminous research and the sworn testimonies of dozens of eyewitnesses to genocide. And yet the United Nations, under pressure from Canada, refused to act on the Tribunal’s proposals.
Nevertheless, Kevin Annett persisted over the years that followed, and by his scrupulous research and unrelenting public presence eventually forced Christian Canada to face its undeniable legacy of mass murder.
In the words of former Member of Parliament Gary Merasty, who introduced the House of Commons motion to “apologize” for the residential school crimes after he had viewed Kevin’s documentary film Unrepentant,
“Kevin Annett has made all of us sit up and take notice.” (July 12, 2007)
Unfortunately, Kevin Annett remains an unsung hero and a prophet without honor in his own land. An unending campaign of misinformation and character assassination has been aimed at Kevin by the powerful interests exposed by him as criminals: the churches, the federal government, the RCMP, certain multinational corporations profiting in stolen native land, and even some collaborating aboriginal politicians.
That campaign, as false and scurrilous as it is, has had a deadly impact on the man without whom the residential school genocide would have remained secret. Even though he has the love and trust of many indigenous people for his work, and has been adopted into the Anishinabe and Mohawk nations, Kevin Annett remains an exile in his own land.
Kevin is presently unemployable, marginalized, and shut out of the official discourse on the Canadian genocide, even when academia, the media, the government and even the guilty churches use Kevin’s evidence and work to their own ends without ever citing him as the source. Kevin Annett remains in effect a banned person in his own country, and yet he continues to bear witness to a history and a crime that is once again being erased.
The people and the government of the United States have a special obligation to support Kevin Annett and give him the platform denied by his own people, and not only because of the outstanding uniqueness of his work. Kevin is half American and is a brilliant scholar and inspiring public speaker, and a living embodiment of the best of the Christian tradition. He is one of the world’s foremost experts on the Canadian residential school genocide and of religious imperialism in North America.
Kevin’s qualities are of great relevance and much in need today in America, in the wake of the US Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland’s announcement last summer of the commencement of a nation-wide investigation into the disappearance of native children in American Indian boarding schools. Kevin Annett should be an integral part of such an investigation because of the depth of his experience, knowledge, and expertise.
This Open Letter is a special appeal to academics and government officials in the United States. We urge you to invite and employ Kevin Annett as part of the scholarly and investigative work to uncover and write the true story of the tragic genocide in America that was aimed at and destroyed countless children. For their memory and to prevent future such crimes, we need the efforts of proven men of integrity like Kevin Annett who has paid up personally and led by example.
We urge you to acquaint yourselves with the history, work and research of Kevin Annett and the movement he has engendered by consulting www.murderbydecree.com . Kevin can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and 236-380-4508. A biography of Kevin follows.
This Appeal is written and endorsed by a group of scholars, journalists, indigenous elders and jurists who know and are associated with Kevin Annett as part of the Canadian Genocide Tribunal. We can be contacted at email@example.com , attn: Sarah Webster.
Biography of Rev. Kevin Daniel Annett, M.A., M.Div.
Award winning Canadian whistleblower, human rights leader and author
Nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize (2014) and the Order of Canada (2021)
Recipient of the Prague Peace Award (2016)
Co-founder of the International Tribunal of Crimes of Church and State and Chief Advisor to the International Common Law Court of Justice
Successfully led the quarter-century campaign to expose and prosecute Genocide in Canada
Convicted the Vatican, the British Crown, Canada and its churches for Crimes against Humanity
Adopted into the Anishinabeq Indigenous Nation and given the name Eagle Strong Voice
Chief Convener of the Canadian Genocide Tribunal (2021)
B.A. (Anthropology), University of British Columbia, 1983
M.A. (Political Science), University of British Columbia, 1986
M.Div. (Theology), Vancouver School of Theology, 1990
Ordained as a Minister in the United Church of Canada, May 1990
January 1995-March 1997: Fired without cause and defrocked without due process after uncovering evidence of land theft and child murder on the west coast by his employer the United Church.
June 1998: Organized the first public Tribunal into crimes in Canadian Indian residential schools under the auspices of the United Nations affiliate IHRAAM.
February 2000: Convened the first permanent inquiry into these crimes, The Truth Commission into Genocide in Canada, and authored its first summary report, Hidden from History: The Canadian Holocaust.
April 15, 2005: Inaugurated the first Aboriginal Holocaust Memorial Day and launched the national organization Friends and Relatives of the Disappeared (FRD).
January 2007: Produced and released the first documentary film on Genocide in Indian residential schools, Unrepentant, garnering awards at the New York and Los Angeles Independent Film Festivals.
Spring 2007-2008: Led high-profile FRD protests and occupations of Catholic, Anglican and United churches across Canada.
July 2008: Forced the Canadian government’s public “apology” for the residential school crimes.
Spring 2010: Invited to Europe by religious genocide survivors and co-founded The International Tribunal of Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS); led protests and public exorcisms outside the Vatican.
Fall 2011: At the invitation of Mohawk elders, conducted the first survey and excavation of a mass grave of children in Brantford, Ontario, discovering, identifying, and publicizing the remains of children; news of the discovery is censored by the world media.
July 2012-February 2013: Co-convenes the first proceedings of the International Common Law Court of Justice (ICLCJ), which charges the Vatican, the Crown, Canada and its churches with Crimes against Humanity. The trial successfully convicts and sentences top church-state officials and compels the resignation of Pope Benedict and three Cardinals named in the indictment.
January 2015: Co-convenes the sovereign Republic of Kanata in response to the legal disestablishment of the authority of the criminally convicted Crown of England in Canada.
January 2015-present: Publishes ten books on Genocide in Canada, the Republic, and Common Law Courts and launches a globally syndicated radio program, Here We Stand.
September 2017: Issues a global report to world leaders calling for Canada’s prosecution of Crimes against Humanity, “Report on the Continuity of Genocide in Canada”.
July 1, 2021: Co-convenes the Canadian Genocide Tribunal with elders of nine indigenous nations, who expel the Catholic, Anglican and United churches from their territories across Canada.
Publications (a partial list, ordered on amazon.com)
Hidden from History: The Canadian Holocaust (2000)
Murder by Decree: The Crime of Genocide in Canada (2016)
Unrelenting: Between Sodom and Zion
Establishing the Reign of Natural Liberty: A Common Law Training Manual
At the Mouth of a Cannon: Conquest and Cupidity on Canada’s West
Truth Teller’s Shield: A Manual for Whistle Blowers & Hell Raisers:
Establishing Liberty: The Case for the Republic of Kanata
The Canadian Genocide Tribunal is an affiliate of the International Tribunal of Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS), founded in Dublin in June of 2010. The mandate of the Canadian Tribunal is to bring criminal charges against the individuals and institutions responsible for the historic and ongoing genocide of indigenous people in Canada. It operates according to the norms of international law and in cooperation with the land law jurisdiction of indigenous nations. For background see www.murderbydecree.com .
Listen to Kevin and the Voice of the Republic live every Sunday at 6 pm eastern at www.bbsradio.com/herewestand . The website of the Republic is www.republicofkanata.ca See the evidence of genocide in Canada and globally at www.murderbydecree.com and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rk4g5l7FcFc&list=PLYEnChrKOgm7aRDzbo6yfswzCEdMl2P8e&index=1 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyxPFPQjNfg .
Some of Kevin’s books can be ordered here:
Murder by Decree – The Crime of Genocide in Canada: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1530145619
At the Mouth of a Cannon: Conquest and Cupidity on Canada’s West Coast https://www.amazon.com/dp/1983790842 , https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JZKNDJK
Truth Teller’s Shield: A Manual for Whistle Blowers & Hell Raisers:
Establishing Liberty: The Case for the Republic of Kanatahttps://www.amazon.com/dp/1721282033
Here We Stand: The Call of the New Protestant Reformation https://www.amazon.com/dp/1974273474
Fallen – The Story of the Vancouver Four: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1548152684
The Sacrifice – Of Family and Empire: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1727005961
1497 and so on: A History of White People in Canada or, The Caucasian Healing Fund : https://www.amazon.com/dp/1541034961
The Border: A Post-Canadian Anthology https://www.amazon.com/dp/1092763910
Kevin’s award winning documentary film Unrepentant can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Czej73SfYJc . See also an insightful personal interview “Who is Kevin Annett?” (2013) at:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AY4h3hDjOYM and also: http://www.salem-news.com/articles/march262019/canada-biggest-cover-up-sw.php and https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYEnChrKOgm7aRDzbo6yfswzCEdMl2P8e