“'All that’s been debunked!'
“I stared at the guy, and thought his ejaculation was a little odd, considering that he himself had cited the 50% rate in his own book, 'A National Crime,' an expression, not surprisingly, that he had lifted from the report of Dr. Peter Bryce, the Canadian government medical director in 1907, who incidentally was fired for his honesty. I reminded John of this fact and he looked like he had just swallowed a large jalapeno. He sputtered,
“'Just because so many died doesn’t mean it was deliberate!'
“No Name Research (NNR) digs all around an ugly truth without mentioning such inconvenient details as who did what to whom, how, and when. Milloy's NNR is being inflicted on the loyal taxpaying public most recently with the latest extravagant circus run by the TRC in Vancouver: an event as obese and shortsighted as John Milloy himself, who helped set it up.
“Asked by an atypically daring journalist about children who died in Indian residential schools, Milloy replied glibly,
“'There’s some talk of graves here and there, but we’re leaving them pretty much undisturbed.'
“In a similarly undisturbed manner, a battery of pale faced scholars almost as corpulent as John gathered at a head table in front of the assembled $500 a pop delegates to carefully camouflage and chloroform the bloody fact of dead children by reducing them to items on that day’s agenda, under such scholarly subject titles as 'Modes of Discourse in Ethnographic Studies of the Impact of Religious Imperialism on Canadian Indigenous Peoples.'
“I was away in Slovenia that week where, refreshingly (for a Canadian), they don't deny their genocide, or I would have checked out the gala TRC conference, especially the free smorgasbord. I figure John must have chocked up another ten pounds on the first day alone, with all the free food, desserts and booze. Perhaps I’ll write a paper for a learned Canadian journal entitled 'The Correlation of Caloric Intake to Neuron Depletion in Post-Menopausal Academicians.'
“But perhaps I shouldn’t be so hard on Fats. He's just doing the job he’s paid to do, which means the usual government Commission largesse, a good chunk of the $68 million TRC budget, plus, I suppose, all he can eat.
“I did ask a friend to attend the TRC pork fest, and he said he spoke to a South African delegate who had been parachuted in, probably for a few thousand bucks, to speak for a half hour to all the Milloy look-alikes. The delegate looked confused, said my friend.
“'Why is Canada going to so much trouble to create such an obvious pretense?' the South African wondered.
“Big John would have been personally hurt, I warrant, by the foreigner’s remarks, since Milloy takes pride in comparing Canada’s farce with the South African TRC: a comparison that could only emmanate from Trent University or the College of Spring Coulee, Alberta. In South Africa, their investigation into apartheid’s crimes didn’t allow the guilty parties to grant immunity to themselves, as the Canadian government and churches have done for their slaughter of children. And victims were allowed to name the names of the criminals, and even bring charges against them.
“My friend had to leave the conference after less than an hour, so he didn't get past the hors d'oeuvres table. He also missed all the speeches to the few dozen token Indians shipped in - at their own expense - to sit in reverence before the pale faced scholars, who explained to them what their suffering was really all about.
“Outside the warm and lavish conference hall, my friend came across a homeless aboriginal couple digging into a garbage dumpster for some bottles to recycle for fifty cents or so. He offered them a few bucks, but they turned him down. The native man said they preferred to work for it.”
The nub of the whole exercise is rejected by spokesprof Milloy. "To truly argue (he infinitively splits, in true scholarly fashion) that this was a conscious federal policy to wipe out the Indian population genocidally with the cooperation of the Christian churches - the documents don't prove it. The evidence just isn't there."
And to quote an expert that even Fats Milloy would accept, Professor Anthony Hall of the University of Lethbridge:
"North America represents the most ethnically cleansed part of the world — no other part of the world has been this totally re-engineered." Of course, less informed Canadians constantly aver that our tradition is superior to that John Wayne/Wounded Knee history to the south.
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