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Residential schools and genocide
Interpol should investigate all residential school properties and records
June 25, 2021
On June 24th, we celebrated la Fête de la Saint-Jean Baptiste in Québec. It is an occasion of joy, of sharing and pride in our heritage, one of the founding cultures that make up this country.
Today, however, is a time of shame, as the discovery of yet another 751 unmarked graves near a residential school in Saskatchewan is made public. This, only months after 215 graves were discovered in a British Columbia residential school located in Kamloops.
Interpol and their mandate
The time for apologies and in-house investigations is over. The only just course in the offing is to invite Interpol to investigate all residential school properties and records. This international police body can gather the evidence, establish the facts, and transfer their findings to the World Court in The Hague. Under point four of the functions of Interpol it is stated that Interpol is committed to the reduction of organized crime, criminal networks and the destruction of illegal markets as well as the protection of weaker communities. Since there exists an atmosphere of mistrust between Natives and Canadian police, often resulting in confrontation and death, it is imperative that an independent third faction be introduced to oversee this investigation. It is not only important for justice to be done, but equally important for it to be seen to be done, in all eyes.
International Court in The Hague
The Court can then review the evidence objectively, based on human rights and international precedents. This will give us access to the truth and allow those long-suffering to begin the healing process. To continue as we have is to make a mockery of justice and undermine everything human rights and this country stand for.
Responsibility and accountability
The verdict on responsibility and judgement of accountability in the case of residential schools far exceeds the office of His Holiness, the Pope, and Canadian authorities – it is that of the International Court alone.
My two cents,
Georges R. Dupras
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