Media Advisory: Mass Murder to be Confronted in upcoming speaking tour in Eastern Canada

October 24, 2007

For Immediate Release – Media Advisory


Monday 22 October, 2007


“Come Clean Canada!
Where are the Bodies of 50,000 Children?”

In the Face of Continued Duplicity and Cover-up, a Genuine Investigation into Genocide in Canada is Finally Launched:

Kevin Annett to Commence Speaking and Organizing Tour
in Eastern Canada



Ottawa: The man who blew the lid off the deaths of thousands of children in Canadian Indian Residential Schools is arriving in the nation’s capital this Tuesday, October 23 to help launch a genuine  inquiry into their fate.

Reverend Kevin Annett, award-winning producer of the film UNREPENTANT and author of the ground-breaking book Hidden from History: The Canadian Holocaust, compelled the Harper government last April to raise the issue of disappeared residential school children in the House of Commons. Annett is returning to Ottawa this week to throw some hard questions at the government.

In a recent letter to Minister of Indian Affairs Chuck Strahl, Annett asked,

“Would we have let serial killer Clifford Olson run the inquiry into the location and fate of his murdered victims? Or help him avoid imprisonment by issuing ‘apologies’ and a bit of money to this victims’ families? Then why are we allowing and paying for far more prolific killers to do exactly that towards their 50,000 victims, those killers being the Roman Catholic, Anglican and United Church of Canada?”

In response to Mr. Strahl’s recent announcement that a church-affiliated “Truth and Reconciliation Commission” would be responsible for “investigating” the deaths of children in residential schools run by these very same churches, a coalition of native and non-native groups has launched The International Human Rights Tribunal into Genocide in Canada (IHRTGC) to win full disclosure concerning the fate and location of these children, and bring the perpetrators to justice.

To further this inquiry, Kevin Annett is conducting a six city speaking tour in Quebec and Ontario between October 23 and November 3. A public lecture in Ottawa will be his first appearance in a total of 14 speaking and film engagements in eastern Canada, which will be followed by an extended group of lectures and other actions in Boston, New York and Washington, D.C., and at the United Nations in March, 2008.

Following on his recent invitation to participate in the prestigious Echenberg International Conference on Genocide at McGill University in Montreal that featured Gen. Romeo Daillaire, Annett announced his intent to bring the evidence of genocide in Canadian Residential Schools to the General Assembly of the United Nations this spring. Annett is supported in this quest by many grass roots aboriginal people and traditional elders across Canada.

According to Ojibway elder Chief Louis Daniels of Winnipeg,
 who survived Brandon residential school,

“Kevin Annett is the one white man who has made our voice be heard. For nearly fifteen years he has sacrificed everything to bring out the truth of crimes committed by the churches and government against our people, and to win justice for residential school survivors. So I adopted him as my son in the spring of 2004 and gave him the name Eagle Strong Voice to recognize that he is the fulfillment of the prophecy among my people, that one day a white man would help us recover our voice. I ask you to listen to him and receive him and his work”.

Besides meeting with politicians and church leaders, Kevin Annett will be speaking and screening his film UNREPENTANT to academics, residential school survivors and the general public at these times and venues:

Tuesday, October 23:  Ottawa
2:00 pm: University of Ottawa, Aboriginal Resource Centre, University Centre, 3rd floor.

6:45 pm: Carleton University, Rm. 435, St. Patrick’s Bldg (1125 Colonel By Drive)

Thursday, October 25: Montreal
1:00 – 9:00 pm: Course lectures at Concordia University

Friday, October 26: Montreal
10:00 am – 12:30 pm: McGill University, School of Social Work, Wendy Patrick Room (3506 University St. at Milton)

Monday, October 29: Windsor
7:00 pm – University of Windsor, Vanier Hall, The Oak Room (401 Sunset Ave.)

Tuesday, October 30: London
2:00 pm: Fanshawe Social Justice Lecture (TBA)*

7:00 pm: Medix School, 1299 Oxford St. E.

Wednesday, October 31: London
12 noon: King’s College, Wemple Student Lunge

7:00 pm: Medix School, 1299 Oxford St. E.

Thursday, November 1: Hamilton
1:00 pm: McMaster University (TBA)*

7:00 pm: Solidarity House, 779 Barton St. East

Friday, November 2: Toronto
1:00 pm: Ryerson University (TBA)*

6:30 pm: University of Toronto (TBA)*

Saturday, November 3: Toronto
4 pm: Leaves for Vancouver

* Note: For information on the location of these meetings, or to arrange media interviews with him, contact Kevin Annett at hiddenfromhistory@yahoo.ca or 1-888-265–1007.

Issued 21-22 October, 2007
http://www.hiddenfromhistory.org

To access Kevin’s award-winning film UNREPENTANT (Best Documentary Film, Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, March 2007), see this link:

http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=-6637396204037343133&q=unrepentant&total=124&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=0

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MAC: Quebec Public Forum on Cluster Munitions

September 11, 2007

A new article was posted to the Mines Action Canada website:

Go to http://www.minesactioncanada.org/home/index.cfm?fuse=Home.Start to view the article now.

The article summary is below.

Title: Quebec Public Forum on Cluster Munitions

Summary:  One date, one Event: September 12, 2007


MAC: Montreal Public Forum on Cluster Munition

September 11, 2007

A new article was posted to the Mines Action Canada website:

Go to http://www.minesactioncanada.org/home/index.cfm?fuse=Home.Start to view the article now.

The article summary is below.

Title: Montreal Public Forum on Cluster Munition

Summary:  One date, one event: September 10, 2007


MAC: Sebastien Dubois: Putting his talent to the benefit of landmine victims

September 8, 2007

A new article was posted to the Mines Action Canada website:

Go to http://www.minesactioncanada.org/home/index.cfm?fuse=Home.Start to view the article now.

The article summary is below.

Title: SEBASTIEN DUBOIS: PUTTING HIS TALENT TO THE BENEFIT OF LANDMINE VICTIMS

Summary:  Sebastien Dubois is a young industrial designer from Montreal who recently won a prestigious international award in Copenhagen ($145 000 CDN), intended for young designers.


MAC: MAC Board Member Handicap International- Canada Invites You to Participate in their Pyramid of Shoes

August 29, 2007

A new article was posted to the Mines Action Canada website:

Go to http://www.minesactioncanada.org/home/index.cfm?fuse=Home.Start to view the article now.

The article summary is below.

Title: MAC Board Member Handicap International- Canada Invites You to Participate in their Pyramid of Shoes

Summary: Handicap International organizes first annual Canadian Pyramid of Shoes in Canada on Saturday, September 8th at Place ‘milie-Gamelin (corner of Ste-Catherine and Berri)


Montebello update: Thousands protest as the Council puts the SPP on the map

August 28, 2007

Thousands of people took to Parliament Hill on Sunday, August 19 and to the streets of Montebello, Quebec on Monday and Tuesday. They came bearing protest signs and petitions, some in costume, others bearing food for hungry protesters. It was a colourful and creative crowd, unified by their demand that the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America be brought to the public and Parliament for a full debate. Whether it was a group of Raging Grannies, union activists or university students, the question on everyone’s lips was, “whose security and prosperity is the SPP protecting?

”The Council of Canadians was on the ground, both in Ottawa and Montebello, as U.S. President George Bush and Mexican President Felipe Calderón met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. We brought hundreds of people together at a public forum on Sunday evening, packing an auditorium at the University of Ottawa. Maude Barlow, along with civil society representatives from the U.S. and Mexico, condemned the SPP and promoted a vision of a more just and sustainable North America.

We had of course originally planned to hold the forum in Papineauville, Quebec, just 6 kilometres from where the leaders met on Monday and Tuesday, but the RCMP forced the municipality to cancel our reservation at the last minute. So we made due with a smaller room in Ottawa, and unfortunately had to turn away at least 100 people on Sunday night, as people stood and crouched in the aisles of the auditorium, hungry for more information about the SPP and how to fight it. Visit www.canadians.org, to download audio and video footage from the forum.

Montebello bound
On Monday, we boarded the bus to Montebello, carrying more than 10,000 letters from Council of Canadians members, demanding a moratorium on SPP negotiations and a debate with the public about its implications for Canadians. We had originally negotiated with the RCMP to drop the letters at the gates of the Chateau Montebello. But on Monday, we received an email from the RCMP indicating that the Department of Foreign Affairs was preventing us from delivering the letters to the gates.

Instead, the Council of Canadians led a march of about 1,200 people along the streets of Montebello. We parked our boxes of letters in front of a line of security personnel in riot gear, and led the crowd in a chant, “No to the SPP. Yes to democracy!” In doing so, we joined with Council activists in 30 communities across Canada who participated in our National Day of Action Against the SPP.

Last week’s protests helped put the SPP on the political map in a big way. All of the major political parties (with the exception of Harper’s Conservatives) have been critical of the SPP and the secrecy behind it. And on Monday, the North American Competitiveness Council – the all-CEO advisory group that has been intimately involved in the development of the SPP – admitted that the legislatures of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico should “remain fully informed about progress and actively engaged in the process” of implementing the SPP. This is a far cry from our call for public scrutiny and debate, but we see it as recognition of the fact that citizens won’t stand for secrecy around the SPP anymore.The Council of Canadians has also been front-and-centre in exposing the Quebec provincial police’s use of undercover “provocateurs” during the protests in Montebello.

As you may have read in Friday’s newspapers, the Sûreté du Québec has finally admitted that their agents infiltrated Monday’s demonstrations in Montebello. This came after Nanaimo Council of Canadians’ activist Paul Manly posted footage on YouTube of a scuffle between union activist Dave Coles and three masked men, one holding a rock. Manly’s video shows that when a crowd of peaceful activists suggested that the masked men were police provocateurs, they quickly shoved themselves behind a line of riot police, and were quietly arrested.

The video spread like wildfire, and soon after, a photo emerged, demonstrating that the masked “protesters” were wearing the same kind of boots as the riot police. Local activists kept close track of the protesters who were arrested in Montebello, and demanded that the police release the names of the three masked men, whose arrests have not shown up on record, anywhere.

Thursday afternoon, the Council of Canadians posted an Action Alert on our website, demanding that Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day get to the bottom of the controversy. Within hours, the SQ made their confession.

We will continue to follow this story in the coming weeks, demanding answers from the Quebec police, who claim that their officers did not attempt to provoke violence in Montebello. Manly’s footage seems to suggest otherwise.

We recommend that you keep checking our website daily, as we are constantly updating it with new information about the SPP, the Montebello summit, and actions you can take in your community. But in the meantime, here are some sights and sounds from Ottawa, Montebello, and across Canada:

If you’re still wondering what the SPP is all about, check out our brand-new report, Behind Closed Doors: What they’re not telling us about the Security and Prosperity Partnership. We handed out more than 600 copies at our public forum on Sunday. We couldn’t keep it on the shelf!

As Maude Barlow said, “The stakes are very high here. And we have the opportunity not only to defeat something that is profoundly wrong for our peoples and for the sustainability of our planet, but to promote something very, very different.”

Click here to join the Council of Canadians. Help us fight the SPP and stand up for a better and fairer North America.


Montebello update: Thousands protest and the Council puts the SPP on the map

August 24, 2007

Parliament Hill rally


Musicians at rally


Public forum crowd


Public forum speakers


Council delivers petitions
in Montebello


Montebello

  Montebello update: Thousands protest, the police provoke as the Council puts the SPP on the map

August 24, 2007

Thousands of people took to Parliament Hill on Sunday and to the streets of Montebello, Quebec on Monday and Tuesday. They came bearing protest signs and petitions, some in costume, others bearing food for hungry protesters. It was a colourful and creative crowd, unified by their demand that the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America be brought to the public and Parliament for a full debate. Whether it was a group of Raging Grannies, union activists or university students, the question on everyone’s lips was, “whose security and prosperity is the SPP protecting?”

The Council of Canadians was on the ground, both in Ottawa and Montebello, as U.S. President George Bush and Mexican President Felipe Calderón met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. We brought hundreds of people together at a public forum on Sunday evening, packing an auditorium at the University of Ottawa. Maude Barlow, along with civil society representatives from the U.S. and Mexico, condemned the SPP and promoted a vision of a more just and sustainable North America.

We had of course originally planned to hold the forum in Papineauville, Quebec, just 6 kilometres from where the leaders met on Monday and Tuesday, but the RCMP forced the municipality to cancel our reservation at the last minute. So we made due with a smaller room in Ottawa, and unfortunately had to turn away at least 100 people on Sunday night, as people stood and crouched in the aisles of the auditorium, hungry for more information about the SPP and how to fight it. Visit www.canadians.org, to download audio and video footage from the forum.

Montebello bound
On Monday, we boarded the bus to Montebello, carrying more than 10,000 letters from Council of Canadians members, demanding a moratorium on SPP negotiations and a debate with the public about its implications for Canadians. We had originally negotiated with the RCMP to drop the letters at the gates of the Chateau Montebello. But on Monday, we received an email from the RCMP indicating that the Department of Foreign Affairs was preventing us from delivering the letters to the gates.

Instead, the Council of Canadians led a march of about 1,200 people along the streets of Montebello. We parked our boxes of letters in front of a line of security personnel in riot gear, and led the crowd in a chant, “No to the SPP. Yes to democracy!” In doing so, we joined with Council activists in 30 communities across Canada who participated in our National Day of Action Against the SPP.

This week’s protests helped put the SPP on the political map in a big way. All of the major political parties (with the exception of Harper’s Conservatives) have been critical of the SPP and the secrecy behind it. And on Monday, the North American Competitiveness Council – the all-CEO advisory group that has been intimately involved in the development of the SPP – admitted that the legislatures of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico should “remain fully informed about progress and actively engaged in the process” of implementing the SPP. This is a far cry from our call for public scrutiny and debate, but we see it as recognition of the fact that citizens won’t stand for secrecy around the SPP anymore.

The Council of Canadians has also been front-and-centre in exposing the Quebec provincial police’s use of undercover “provocateurs” during the protests in Montebello.

As you may have read in today’s newspapers, the Sûreté du Québec has finally admitted that their agents infiltrated Monday’s demonstrations in Montebello. This came after Nanaimo Council of Canadians’ activist Paul Manly posted footage on YouTube of a scuffle between union activist Dave Coles and three masked men, one holding a rock. Manly’s video shows that when a crowd of peaceful activists suggested that the masked men were police provocateurs, they quickly shoved themselves behind a line of riot police, and were quietly arrested.

The video spread like wildfire, and soon after, a photo emerged, demonstrating that the masked “protesters” were wearing the same kind of boots as the riot police. Local activists kept close track of the protesters who were arrested in Montebello, and demanded that the police release the names of the three masked men, whose arrests have not shown up on record, anywhere.

Yesterday afternoon, the Council of Canadians posted an Action Alert on our website, demanding that Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day get to the bottom of the controversy. Within hours, the SQ made their confession.

We will continue to follow this story in the coming weeks, demanding answers from the Quebec police, who claim that their officers did not attempt to provoke violence in Montebello. Manly’s footage seems to suggest otherwise.

We recommend that you keep checking our website daily, as we are constantly updating it with new information about the SPP, the Montebello summit, and actions you can take in your community. But in the meantime, here are some sights and sounds from Ottawa, Montebello, and across Canada:

If you’re still wondering what the SPP is all about, check out our brand-new report, Behind Closed Doors: What they’re not telling us about the Security and Prosperity Partnership. We handed out more than 600 copies at our public forum on Sunday. We couldn’t keep it on the shelf!

As Maude Barlow said, “The stakes are very high here. And we have the opportunity not only to defeat something that is profoundly wrong for our peoples and for the sustainability of our planet, but to promote something very, very different.”

Click here to join the Council of Canadians. Help us fight the SPP and stand up for a better and fairer North America.