by Kevin D. Annett
It didn't happen late at night in a murky parking garage, like in All the President's Men. The phone call from the inside informant came to me unexpectedly this week from someone claiming to be a former staff member at the head office of the Anglican Church in Toronto. I'll call him Sid.
According to "Sid", top Anglican church officials like Primate Fred Hiltz and Huron Diocese Bishop Bob Bennett have known all about hideous crimes at their former Mohawk Indian residential school in Brantford for years.
Repeatedly, Hiltz, Bennett and other top church officials asked the Canadian government to help conceal incriminating evidence at "the Mush Hole": like letters from church staff describing gang rapes of children, forced starvation, and the routine killing of pregnant or "unruly" Mohawk adolescents by beatings and forced confinement without food or water.
Much of this evidence is now locked away at Justice Department archives in Ottawa that are firmly closed to the public, according to Sid. The "worst stuff" was shipped to Ottawa over a decade ago to hide it from lawyers for residential school survivors.
"Ottawa and the Anglicans had an agreement as early as 1999, right after you blew open the residential school story with that tribunal of yours" explained Sid to me on the phone.
"In return for the feds' help in covering up this really bad stuff and bearing the cost of court payments to victims, the church would disclose some of the well, less controversial abuses that happened at the Mush Hole by opening some of our archives. Well, the feds kept their side of the bargain but the church never did, on orders from London"
"London? You mean like, England?" I asked Sid.
"That's what I overheard. The Primate was passing on a confidential statement from the Archbishop of Canterbury himself, acting for the Queen. Under no circumstances can anything be divulged, those were the Archbishop's very words, and Hiltz said he was speaking for Her Majesty"
"Do you mean the Queen ordered church officials to obstruct justice and bury the truth about murder?"
"I'm not making that accusation but her words speak for themselves" said Sid quietly.
Sid took a stress leave break that stretched into a permanent leave from his job because, to quote him, "I couldn't take all the lies and subterfuge anymore. I was expected to destroy evidence of crime scenes and report any staff or clergymen who looked like they might leak something".
Among some of the allegations made by Brantford school survivors that were confirmed by Sid to me this week, based on documents and reports he read,
- Children who died were regularly buried in secret in the forest just east of the Mush Hole school
- Those who were killed were usually incinerated in the school furnace to avoid a possible autopsy
- Mohawk children were "especially targeted" for rapes, beatings, starvation and a regimen that would weaken and kill them
- Principals like W.J. Zimmerman (1933-1952) operated a brothel and child prostitution service out of the Mush Hole for police and politicians in return for cash payments
- Zimmerman was also responsible for forcing children to drink fouled and unpasteurized milk as part of a federal Health department study
- This use of native children for involuntary experiments included drug testing programs operated in association with pharmaceutical companies like Eli Lilly, Upjohn and Bayer that funded the United, Anglican and Catholic churches which ran Indian residential schools
- Local police were regularly prevented from investigating and laying charges against Mush Hole school staff and clergy for rape and killings "by people at the very top"
The fact that Sid's inner circle evidence confirms that Mohawks were targeted for "special treatment" confirms the claim of former Anglican researcher Leona Moses that a formal agreement to exterminate the Mohawks by means of the Mush Hole school was signed in 1870 between the Crown – Church of England, the New England Company that established the school, and non-Mohawk chiefs of the local Six Nations Confederacy.
This "smoking gun" document is locked away in something called "the closed G 12 section" in the archives of the Anglican Church's Huron Diocese office in London, Ontario. Diocese Bishop Bob Bennett has refused access to the G 12 section to even his own staff members and has fired or disciplined clergy in his Diocese who would not agree to be gagged from speaking about their knowledge of crimes at the Mush Hole.
Legal efforts to expose these crimes have been continually blocked by Crown officials in Ontario, like the case of dozens of Mush Hole survivors who tried suing the Anglican Church and Crown in June, 2001. This case was dismissed by Judge Haines of the Ontario Supreme Court on the grounds that legal action against the Crown was barred by The Crown Liability Act of 1953.
Considering that he sits on evidence that the Queen of England, like Pope Benedict, has actively obstructed justice and protected criminals, I asked "Sid" if he would go on record with what he knew. He finally replied,
"I will if others will, but not by myself. People with more pull than me need to come forward. Ask Dr. Wendy Fletcher all that she knows. If she goes public, I will too. You can tell her that."
Dr. Wendy Fletcher is the Principal of one of the largest seminaries in Canada: my old Alma Mater, the Vancouver School of Theology. Fletcher was given the plum posting after she agreed to do what neither Sid nor Leona Moses would do, and that was to gag and silence herself for over ten years while she was a researcher for the Huron Diocese, after she uncovered the horror that resides under the earth of the Mush Hole, in secret government archives, and in countless ruined lives.
Soon after Mohawk elders and I commenced excavations at the grounds of the Mush Hole school last October, Wendy Fletcher took a leave of absence as VST Principal. This month, she announced she would step down as Principal as of December, 2012.
Wendy plans to return to teaching and advising the Association of Theological Schools (ATS): a Christian accreditation program heavily funded by and tied to large pharmaceutical companies like Eli Lilly: one of the corporations that paid the Anglican church for years to test out experimental drugs on the Mohawk boys and girls at the Mush Hole school in Brantford.
The inquiry continues.