September 16, 2022
As a young boy, 10 – 11 years old, I did quite a lot of reading, most of it was about the early Arctic explorers, the search for the North West Passage, or about getting to the North Pole. What I did not realize then, was that symbolically, I was internalizing the incredibly harsh conditions that these men were experiencing, and making them my own. The bone crushing cold, the utter stark loneliness, and fear, represented my life. More importantly though, in example after example, these men showed awe inspiring resilience, and bravery, in the face of impossible odds, and taught me, that I too, could do the same in the face of where my life was. When you are not taught positive life skills and affirmation, inspiration must be found somewhere.
What I was also learning confused me, time after time I kept coming across stories of church or government representatives in first nation villages where, they would be taking the children to schools, often hundreds or even thousands of kilometres from their homes and families. In every example there was heartbreak and panic shown by both the parents and children, initially that sort of made sense, no one wants to be separated from their families, but, because of the vast distances and size of Canada, this was inevitable. As a child, that made sense to me, what did not though, was why a parent would not want their child to get an education, I mean, being able to read and write, and add some numbers together, is a good thing right? This is what my understanding of what school meant for these kids, a regular education which of course, would give them every opportunity that I had.
It would be many, many years later that the truth of what those schools were, and why there had such panic about them would come out. In many ways it seems inconceivable that a country like Canada, would commit something that amounts to genocide. Though there were no concentration camps and gas chambers, what these as I came to learn were called Residential Schools, were, amounted to the same thing. What took place inside these “schools” were horrendous acts of brutality, where physical, sexual, emotional, and spiritual abuse were an everyday occurrence for these children. We may never know exactly how many children died at these schools, here I both mourn them, and give tribute to their strength of being, and their conviction of self that enabled them to live until they could no more.
Recently Pope Francis, the current head of the Catholic Church, came to Canada and issued a somewhat empty apology for the church’s role in the behaviour of it’s personnel at the schools. He notably failed to apologize for the sex crimes committed against surviving and deceased students, he also did not apologize on behalf of the church, only apologizing for the behaviour of its people. And here is one of the paradoxes of organized religion, does our belief in a supreme being excuse our daily behaviour? Did the men and women who committed these crimes, go to their rooms at night, and cry and beg God for mercy and forgiveness for their sins? And believing in God, knowing that passage to heaven is guaranteed because you believe in him, does that give you the right to sin by secular law anyway? Here we see the major differences between Islamic and Christian belief systems, neither has the answer to that quite right.
Both systems in the now, and historically, when given governing control have proven to be very limiting, we see this today in Afghanistan with the Taliban, and the Catholic Church’s orgy of violence during the Catholic Inquisition. But that is religion, the wholesale slaughter of indigenous peoples around the world is something very different. This policy was based solely in Eugenics, which over simplified is a policy of white supremacy. Egerton Ryerson
was a Methodist, a sect of the Christian church, he served as its president from 1874 – 78. He established the basis of Ontario’s primary and secondary school system, in 1847 one of his reports contributed to the creation of Residential schools with religious instruction for indigenous children. As we have noted previously, this period of time was when Eugenics was becoming very popular, and would cause death and suffering to millions around the world.
Residential School survivors have reported that, they were beaten, and expelled from school or classes when asked to recite, or participate in class during religious instruction. So again, somehow we are back to religion. The purpose of a residential school was to “remove” the “Indian” from the Indian, these children were removed from their families, culture, language, forbidden to communicate with siblings who were also at these “schools”. These children were subjected to regular beatings, lack of love and affection, sexual, emotional, spiritual abuse from the age of six, until they aged out at seventeen or eighteen years of age. Suffering such, as would any one of us, these now grown individuals had no parenting skills, no real coping skills, many turned to substance abuse to cope with their emotional scarring.
As we know, substance abuse and addiction destroys lives, and does so for multiple generations, add the chaos of mass production to the mix because of the hundreds or thousands of severely damaged individuals coming out of these schools, what we now have is a society in chaos. Which of course was the whole purpose of the Residential School system, it was supposed to cause the dissolution of indigenous society and cause them to become integrated into the white man’s society. Here though there is a problem, and its a substantial one, they, even if they tried to integrate into the white man’s society, would still be subject to racism. I mean lets face it, white people do not like black people, black people do not like Hispanics, Hispanics cause problems for their own indigenous people; then there is both the East Indian and Korean caste systems. Like Holy Fuck, is there really a way out of this?! Obviously the caste systems existed long before Eugenics, but where did the idea of someone being better than the other come from?
Perhaps unsurprisingly, it started with our creators, the Annunaki 350,000 years ago. We were created to be slaves, we were given almost no respect by them, they treated us horribly. But the first real example of us thinking one was better than the other is in the story of Cain and Able. Cain as we have learned was a gold smith, knowing all the secrets of MFKZT,
whereas Able was a farmer, knowing about the land, shepherding, irrigation and how to feed people on an industrial scale. Both jobs equally vital to the mission of the Annage, the production of MFKZT vital to the survival of the Annage, but the continuation of that production being impossible without the workforce being fed. So then, whose job was more important? Without knowing about gold and its mysteries, there would be no need for its acquisition, nor the effort to feed a workforce; but still, if there is life, that life must eat to survive. So again, just because Cain went to school and learned some very hard math, does that make him better than anyone else?
So what, we had at first contact with the indigenous peoples was something similar? They had an intact society, they had language, lived in settlements and had small scale farming. There was strength in the community so that children could play, and a powerful connection to the land, where they understood and valued its power and energy, which is of course all about vibration and frequency. Then the white man comes along and begins to steal away all of their truths, just as we had stole our own with the formation of the church. Their society as a whole was far healthier than ours, there was little conflict inside their own or with neighbouring tribes. They may have been by comparison living not far beyond the stone age, but the wealth of their knowledge of the land makes our technology look primitive. In Europe we had the Rosicrucian movement taking off where they were desperately seeking the light, the indigenous peoples knew that the light resided in them, they understood that it was not something to be stolen from the earth. This too was something Able had understood.
In fifty-four years of my life, 25 or so of those years were spent trucking through the north and I have never met an indigenous person of whom I was afraid of, which is something considering their reputation. IT ALSO SAY A LOT ABOUT OUR SOCIETY WHERE WE DO NOT, AND WILL NOT TRUST ANOTHER. I have been fortunate enough to see that they treat each other with love, compassion, and acceptance, which is the only way to increase your vibrational frequencies. We have much to learn from our indigenous peoples, give them your love, strength, compassion, and acceptance and help them heal from what we did not know what we were doing to them.