Grave sites of thousands of indigenous children were reported to have been discovered in 2021 in western Canada after “ground penetrating radar” revealed a long-hidden genocide. News flashes which revealed the existence of “215 bodies near a residential school in Kamploops, British Columbia,” prompted Canada’s outraged Prime Minister to order flags across Canada to be lowered to half staff. To fully express his revulsion over the evils of Western Civilization, he raced westward to kneel at a reported mass burial site while holding a small teddy bear.
Pope Francis joined in the chest thumping and in full theater mode donned a feather headdress to offer his pontifical mea culpa for the role Catholic priests, nuns and institutions played in the reported mistreatment and abuse of indigenous children.
National Public Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Company raced to report Chief Jason Louie’s charge that the “mass murder of Indigenous people” should be treated as a virtual war crime. The chief of the Osoyoos Indian Band added: “I see no difference in locating the priests and nuns and the brothers who are responsible for this mass murder to be held accountable for their part in this attempt of genocide of an Indigenous people.”
The Washington Post headline screamed:“Discovery of Mass Grave of Indigenous Children Prompts Grief and Questions.” The New York Times raged “Horrible History: Mass Grave of Indigenous Children Reported in Canada.” The Guardian newspaper described Canada as grappling “with the discovery of more than 1,000 unmarked graves of Indigenous children at the sites of former residential schools.
An outburst of hatred left nearly two dozen churches burned, vandalized or destroyed, ten of them in Calgary and eight of them in First Nation territories. Activist Nora Loreto said it was “dangerous” to compare church destruction with “violence against mosques” because the church attacks were not “hate crimes.” The New York Post reported the head of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association urging:“Burn it all down.”
“Those innocent souls were sacrificed for colonialism,” said an “Indigenous practitioner and theologian,” Amelia McComber. Chief Louie was adamant: “I don’t like the church. I don’t believe in the church.” The Guardian reported that “Some have suggested that First Nations communities should consider cutting all ties with a religion they say was imposed on them.”
The problem was that the great theater perpetrated by virtue warriors which sought to condemn Canada’s “Colonial” exploitation of native peoples, was another hoax.
As Kelly Jane Torrance wrote in the Post: “For mainstream media. . . the ‘genocide’ story was too good to check: They could attack the Roman church and whites in one fell swoop.”
Despite the hysteria, the Post reported that no actual human remains have been found in Canada: “Cowessess First Nation chief Cadmus Delorme, dismissed the headlines as false: “This is not a mass grave site, this is just unmarked graves. In fact, “the remains aren’t even believed to be all of children. A band leader described the site as a community cemetery, including graves of nonindigenous people—unmarked because wooden markers had decomposed.
A columnist with Townhall, Tim Graham, wrote,” A Native Canadian tribe excavated fourteen sites below Our Lady of Seven Sorrows Church in Manitoba and found exactly zero corpses.” At Kamloops, where the supposed graves were initially reported, Graham added, “There have still been no excavations, only the ‘ground penetrating radar’ guessing of ‘anomalies’ in the soil.” He compared the Canadian incident with a similar one in 2014 in Ireland when a claim of 800 bodies had been found “outside a home Catholic nuns used to operate near Galway. There, too, the Catholics were equated with the Nazis committing a Holocaust. There was no mass grave.”
There were people buried near the residential schools. The problem for the hysteria crowd was that there were no mass graves of murdered children. Tuberculosis and influenza were the killers of most who died at the schools. The grave markers that once dotted the cemetery gradually became weather worn and disappeared with time. “Crosses and headstones had gone missing over time, and radar was brought in to pinpoint the precise location of each of the people buried there,” wrote Tom Woods. He added that a “Cowessess elder said, ‘We’ve always known these were there. . . . It’s just the fact that the media picked up on unmarked graves, and the story actually created itself from there because that’s how it happens.’”
When the former Attorney General of Manitoba, James C. McCrae said “The evidence does not support the overall gruesome narrative,” he was forced to resign. He had become, in Woods’ words, “a residential schools denialist.”
It was hysteria constructed on a big lie. As the Post noted: “It was as if Canada had been hiding genocidal death camps.
The media had manufactured a holocaust where there was none.
Though Trudeau, Pope Francis and others quickly distanced themselves from the vandalism and arson that followed, they never distanced themselves from having promoted, without proof, the validity of the mass holocaust stories.
The Guardian, July 4, 2021 in a report by Leyland Cecco
Tom Woods internet column 9/6/2023
Townhall column by Tim Graham, September 8, 2023