The Painful, Shocking & Nauseating Treatment of Children at St. Anne's: A Question of Torture
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"My God, we were just children undergoing torture, abuse and neglect from abusers and pedophiles without the protection of our parents or the government...Now in 2014 it appears that nothing has changed." Survivor Advocate and Former Chief of Ft. Albany, Edmund Metatawabin, 2014
In August of 2015, when visiting Fort Albany First Nation, some of the Survivors brought to my attention that they had unanesthitized medical procedures performed on their backs that left a series of 8 or 9 scars (4-5 on either side of the spine); I have now documented these scars. The children were never informed as to what was being done to them. There is a great concern that the Canadian government collaborated with researchers during the Cold War who needed human 'subjects' for their research. As all indigenous people were considered expendable by the Canadian government, and considering that a controlled study could be done due to the confinement and isolation of the children, these small bodies provided 'ideal' sites for such studies.
See below for an illustration of the scarring pattern found on the backs of St. Anne's Survivors, as well as my letters to - and responses from (or rather non-responses from) - Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould and Minister of Indigenous Affairs Carolyn Bennett.
Illustration of scar pattern found on the backs of Survivors of St. Anne's residential school (August 2015)
My letter to Attorney General Wilson-Raybould (19 February 2016) about human experimentation on the children of St. Anne's residential school (Ft. Albany, ON)
Response from Attorney General Wilson-Raybould (6 June 2016) re: human experimentation on the children of St. Anne's residential school (Ft. Albany, ON)
My letter to Minister of Indigenous Affairs Carolyn Bennett (19 February 2016) about human experimentation on the children of St. Anne's residential school
Response from Minister of Indigenous Affairs Carolyn Bennet (6 June 2016) re: human experimentation on the children of St. Anne's residential school