At a public ceremony and press conference held today outside the colonial "Indian Affairs" building in downtown Vancouver, the Friends and Relatives of the Disappeared (FRD) released a list of twenty eight mass graves across Canada holding the remains of untold numbers of aboriginal children who died in Indian Residential Schools.Read the rest. Ward Churchill's book Kill the Indian, Save the Man, would be well-worth seeking out as a beginning primer on the toll exacted on those coerced into attending Indian residential schools in the US and Canada during the 19th and 20th centuries. Malnutrition, disease, and suicide were epidemic in those institutions - the latter caused by the former and of course the social death experienced by the kids.
The list was distributed today to the world media and to United Nations agencies, as the first act of the newly-formed International Human Rights Tribunal into Genocide in Canada (IHRTGC), a non-governmental body established by indigenous elders.
In a statement read by FRD spokesperson Eagle Strong Voice, it was declared that the IHRTGC would commence its investigations on April 15, 2008, the fourth Annual Aboriginal Holocaust Memorial Day. This inquiry will involve international human rights observers from Guatemala and Cyprus, and will convene aboriginal courts of justice where those persons and institutions responsible for the death and suffering of residential school children will be tried and sentenced.
Also, might be worth looking into Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide.
h/t to Arcturus, for the book and the link to the article.