Unrepentant: Kevin Annett and Canada’s Genocide **WINNER: BEST INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY – 2006 LOS ANGELES INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL. **WINNER: BEST DIRECTOR for an INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY – 2006 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

“This documentary reveals Canada’s darkest secret – the deliberate extermination of indigenous (Native American) peoples and the theft of their land under the guise of religion. This never before told history as seen through the eyes of this former minister (Kevin Annett) who blew the whistle on his own church, after he learned of thousands of murders in its Indian Residential Schools…”

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Filed under: Crime, History, Journalism, North America

11 Responses

  1. The Great Spirit is singing your praise. Repentance is the process that brings about ‘real’ change and / or alteration of behaviors.

  2. ox911 says:

    I’ve had an interest in native American Indian spiritual ideas/literature and Shamanism for some years now. Best of luck with your good work (nice website) 🙂

  3. Matthew says:

    Hey, I’m doing some similar blog thing over here on my side. Internet high five.

  4. ox911 says:

    Cheers bud, back atya. Let’s get this stuff out and inform the norm. 🙂

  5. came to Canada, from The Netheralnds, and learned with great shock, of the treatment, received by our aboriginal people, mainly from the R.C. Church.
    Unbelieveable!! but, true.

    How can I obtain the movie??

  6. One can only feel shock at this!!

  7. Ed says:

    I’m not sure, Yohanna but here are some links to get you started:

    http://canadiangenocide.nativeweb.org/

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hidden_from_History:_The_Canadian_Holocaust

    Sadly, it seems Mr. Annet’s book is no longer available – even on Amazon.com.

    I’d recommend that you understand your country, and mine, along with the US, are involved in another holocaust in the Middle East as we speak. 1 million dead so far, 4 million made homeless.

  8. Gordon David says:

    Here is another side of Kevin Annett:

    The St’at’imc Runner, February 2008 issue

    Former church minister solicits Survivors’ stories, misuses names
    Some Residential School Survivors have shared stories of abuses they
    suffered in the church-run schools. When a personal disclosure is given
    in confidence, it should be kept private.

    Kevin Annett is a former minister with the United Church. Annett, who
    has recently claimed that he is Metis, runs a website called “Hidden
    from History,” and has made a film called “Unrepentant.” He had a radio
    show on Vancouver’s Co-operative Radio station. (Vancouver BC) Also he
    has started an organization he calls the “Truth Commission into Genocide
    in Canada.”

    The subject of all of these media programs is the genocide against
    native people, but specifically the Indian Residential School system.
    Much of the accusations he makes against the church and Canada in
    regards to their role in covering up the horrors of residential schools
    can be verified by Survivors. However, Annett has used peoples’ private
    disclosures without their consent, he has misrepresented people on radio
    and in print, and has betrayed the trust of many Survivors by using
    their stories in various ways without their permission.

    James Craven, a professor of economics at Clark College in Vancouver,
    Washington, talks about the abuses of trust and truth being carried out
    by Mr Annett, who has recently taken to calling himself “Eagle Strong
    Voice.” According to Craven, a long time friend of the late Elder
    Harriet Nahanee from Squamish, Annett published her testimonies that she
    had told him, but without her knowledge or permission. Before her
    passing, Nahanee circulated a letter to this effect. The late Kitty
    Sparrow also wrote a similar letter about her experience with Annett. It
    is unclear why someone would do these things to people who have surely
    had enough suffering for one lifetime.

    There may be a clue in that the subject of the movie “Unrepentant”
    quickly turns from that of Survivors’ stories to the story of Kevin
    Annett. Yet that story remains something of a mystery owing to
    contradictory claims and reports. Annett claims that he was dismissed
    from United Church ministerial duties when he started asking his
    superiors what was being done about residential school crimes. Another
    dissident minister from the same church contradicts that, saying Annett
    never mentioned residential schools until well after he had been
    dismissed.

    Survivors desperately want to be heard. They want to tell their story to
    someone. A person who claimed to be seeking justice from the church and
    Canada, and had himself been a self-appointed representative of god in
    the United Church, would be in an ideal position to gain the trust of a
    wounded soul. James Craven’s mother, a Blackfoot woman, was victimized
    at a residential school in Idaho, and actually committed suicide
    because, as she put it, the demons had come home to roost. “The thing
    that really gets me going is that the cause is sacred. The things he
    says about murder and genocide are true. That’s why you don’t want him
    involved with this cause – because the cause gets impeached with him,”
    explains James. “In my protected opinion, he exhibits the
    characteristics of malignant narcissism and psychopathology.”

    Helen Michel is a Carrier Sekani woman who suffered terribly in
    residential school. She met Annett some years ago, and disclosed to him
    some stories of residential school impacts in her home reservation
    community. “Kevin said a lot of things on the Co-Op radio, apparently he
    said we said those things, but he twisted around our stories. No one’s
    ever given him permission to repeat their stories, he just uses what he
    can get. When we confronted him about it, he started saying I and my
    husband were RCMP informants.” Annett claims on his website that he
    believes Helen and her husband Frank are undercover agents from a
    division known as “RCMP-E,” and that their codenames are “Redman 1 and
    Redman 2.” Annett has also stated on his website that Michel assaulted
    him in public by running into him with a scooter. No charges have come
    before a court on this alleged incident.

    Mrs Michel spoke about these experiences to this newspaper because she
    wants other Survivors to be warned of what has happened in the past.
    “We’ve been working on human rights and land rights issues for 20 years.
    He made our credibility go downhill after we started hanging out with
    Kevin, and we soon found out we weren’t the only ones.”
    Report by Kerry
    Coast. Printed in The St’at’imc Runner, February 2008 issue

  9. Ed says:

    That’s very interesting. And I have to say, in hindsight, that I believe I recognised something of this in him. Just a hunch.

    In my opinion we shouldn’t let any misdemeanours of his distract from the actual issue, however. Of course, the veracity of some – maybe all – of the information given should be considered (and his actions cannot be condoned, no matter the cause), but ultimately, it would appear, such abuse did occur; this is of ultimate concern.

  10. […] aboriginal children to attend state-funded Christian boarding schools aimed at assimilating them. Controversial former Minister Kevin Annett has written two books on the subject of residential school abuse in […]

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