“The Final Solution” Who Used The Term First – The Nazi Party or The Canadian Government?

In Brief

  • The Facts:

    The term "Final Solution" is famous in our history books for being used by the Nazi's. It represented the will to exterminate all Jews. Evidence suggest that the term originated in Canada, and was used with regards to the indigenous population.

  • Reflect On:

    The treatment of children at residential schools in North America was not long ago. Are these immoral and unethical actions taken by the church, state, and government surprising? Do they continue today? How inundated with propaganda are we?

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“The Final Solution” is a term coined by the Nazi party, describing their plan for the genocide and murder of Jews during the second World War. It represented a policy of deliberate and systematic genocide which culminated in the Holocaust. The type of genocidal actions witnessed during World War 2, and in many other parts of the world, is something that also occurred in North America prior to the Second World War. Some Scholars have estimated that prior to the ‘discovery’ of the Americas by Europeans, the pre-contact era population could have been as high as 100 million people. We are taught in high school that the mass disappearance and depopulation of the indigenous was due to disease brought over by the Europeans, but recent history involving the Canadian residential school system may be a catalyst for many to question this narrative. There were most certainly other factors.

Residential schools in Canada were set up by the Canadian government and administered by the churches, this system can be traced back to the 1830s. Indigenous children were forcefully taken from their parents and indoctrinated into Euro-Canadian and Christian ways of living. The goal, on paper, was to assimilate them into mainstream Canadian society. The residential school system officially operated from the 1880s into the closing decades of the 20th century.

You may have heard about about the recent remains of 215 children that were discovered at the site of what was Kamloops residential school in British Columbia. On Thursday, the Cowessess First Nation announced the preliminary discovery of 751 unmarked graves at the former residential school.

This begs the question, what happened to these children? Witnesses and survivors of the residential school program have told horrendous stories of sexual and physical abuse, murder and torture. Was this really the goal and purpose of the residential school system? On paper, sure it was to assimilate them into Euro-Canadian and Christian ways of living, which in itself is horrible, but evidence suggests otherwise.

Below is a brief excerpt from a document put together by Rev. Kevin D. Annett, M.A., M.Div. He is a renowned global human rights campaigner, author and whistle blower who has led the movement to expose and prosecute child murder by church and state, in Canada and Europe. Kevin is the co-founder of The International Tribunal of Crimes of Church and State. He has been twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. If you want to learn more about this issue, I suggest you visit his website. There you will find a number of resources that can start you on your research.

The term “Final Solution” was not coined by the Nazis, but by Indian Affairs Superintendent Duncan Campbell Scott in April of 1910 when he referred to how he envisioned the “Indian Problem” in Canada being resolved. Scott was describing planned murder when he came up with the expression, since he first used it in a response to a concern raised by a west coast Indian Agent about the high level of deaths in the coastal residential schools. On April 12, 1910, Scott wrote,

“It is readily acknowledged that Indian children lose their natural resistance to illness by habitating so closely in these schools, and that they die at a much higher rate than in their villages. But this alone does not justify a chance in the policy of this Department, which is geared towards the final solution of our Indian Problem”

If “official consensus” runs directly counter to first-hand evidence, a major shake-up in the former must occur. The undeniable truth, still unaccepted by the media and “mainstream opinion” in Canada, is that intentional and systematic genocide of native peoples was the unofficial policy of church and state, based on a master plan of “assimilation” – that is, annihilation – devised in Ottawa in the first decade of this century; and that the deaths of more than 50,000 native children in the residential schools was the result of a protected and well organized system maintained and legitimated jointly by Catholic and Protestant churches and the federal government until 1984.

The document also outlines what these children went through. It’s quite clear that these weren’t schools, they were nothing short of concentration/prison/death camps.

The Takeaway 

Why hasn’t the Canadian and American indigenous genocides been properly acknowledged? Why is the holocaust in our history books, but information about what took place here is virtually absent? Will the public ever truly know about what has been committed against these groups?

What took place at residential schools, for example, was not long ago, is it really a surprise that governments, corporations and churches, together, were involved in such activity? Look at the state of our planet and the type of actions that have been taken by the same entities today, have things really changed much?

Along with the Canadian and American residential school systems came a massive amount of propaganda as well, the citizenry was made to believe that these schools were not only necessary, but for the children’s own good. Propaganda was used to paint a picture of good will. Yet behind the scenes what was actually going on, and the true purpose of residential schools, was being hidden from the public eye.

Have we changed from our past actions? Can we envision and embody a better world?

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