Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights
Thursday, August 1, 2013
By Grand Chief Murray Clearsky
Southern Chiefs Organization
To: Stuart Murray
Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Museum of Human Rights
400-269 Main Street
Mr. Stuart Murray,
It is disturbing that the Canadian Museum of Human Rights has taken the position of sanitizing the true history of Canada’s shameful treatment of First Nations people since confederation. Your museum’s decision not to identify the shameful deceit, marginalization and ongoing attempts to assimilate and eradicate the original peoples of this country is a huge slap in the face for First Nations and is hypocritical of the formal apology issued by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on June 11, 2008. This is a clear demonstration of the insincerity and populist agenda of the Federal Government of Canada.
The recent exposure of Canada using First Nations men, women and children as guinea pigs in nutritional experiments and for Tuberculosis vaccines in the 1930’s and 1940’s is reminiscent of the experiments conducted by Josef Mengele during World War Two on the Jewish population in Europe especially twin children. It has now been exposed that while thousands of First Nation men were overseas in Europe fighting the Nazis and the attempted imposition of a superior white race, Canada was quietly and simultaneously conducting similar inhumane experiments on the families, relatives and community members of the very soldiers who were putting their lives on the line for Canada.
Many of the First Nations men, women and children who were test subjects in these atrocious nutrition and TB vaccine experiments were left forever scarred by the trauma and effects of drug testing and many were left with little hope of acknowledgement, remorse or legal recourse from the atrocities perpetrated by Canada.
In April, 2009, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs gave a $1,000,000.00 donation to the Canadian Museum of Human Rights with the understanding that a true history of the treatment of First Nations people would be on exhibit. It is now abundantly clear that Canada again is choosing to sanitize the true truth and continue with their agenda of minimizing the many attempts of genocide perpetrated against the original peoples of this land.
I call on you to exercise your humanity and use the proper term of genocide as this is exactly what has been done and is currently being perpetrated on First Nations through various means. Canada has now abandoned the aggressive genocide process and has now incorporated the passive genocidal agenda through the systemic racism imposed through the Apartheidal Indian Act.
I urge you to research the United Nations definition of genocide and you will be surprised to find that the historical and current processes imposed fit the definition of genocide to a tee and that sanitizing this will only make a festering wound more endemic and will only ensure that racism will be allowed to grow unabated in the most multi-cultural nation on Mother Earth.
I strongly suggest that you reconsider your position and use the proper and fitting title of what has happened and is currently happening in Canada and it is called genocide!
Grand Chief Murray Clearsky
Southern Chiefs Organization
Letter to UN Rapporteur for Indigenous James Anaya, from Gerald McIvor
Please find attached a letter from Southern Grand Chief Murray Clearsky to Stuart Murray who is CEO of the Canadian Human Rights Museum in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Canada refuses to admit that they have been attempting genocide on the Original Peoples of the land known as Canada since confederation.
They refuse to acknowledge this and their denial is contrary to the formal apology that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made in 2008.
I trust you will keep this concern in consideration when you do come to Canada to meet with First Nations leaders to investigate the ongoing passive genocide which is being perpetrated upon us as a race of people who are incidentally the true owners of this land. It would be of great importance for Grand Chief Clearsky to meet with you while you are in Canada in the near future. Please let me know if you can meet with him while you are in Canada.
P.O. Box 998 Portage La Prairie, MB R1N 0P0
(Long Plain First Nation)
French translation by Christine Prat, thank you!