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Unrelenting Paperback – February 14, 2016
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About the Author
Born 1956, Canada Nobel Peace Prize Nominee (2013, 2014, 2015) Community minister, human rights consultant and Special Adviser to The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS) – Award winning documentary film maker (Unrepentant, 2007) and author* Education: B.A. (Anthropology), University of British Columbia (UBC), 1983; M.A. (Political Science), UBC, 1986; M.Div. (Master of Divinity), Vancouver School of Theology, 1990 Ordained as clergyman into United Church of Canada, 1990. Held three pastoral positions, including as Minister of St. Andrew’s United Church, Port Alberni, 1992-1995. Fired without cause and expelled from ministry without due process, 1995-97, after publicly exposing the death of aboriginal children and land theft by the United Church. Organized the first public inquiry into crimes in Canadian Indian residential schools, co-sponsored by United Nations affiliate IHRAAM, June 12-14, 1998, Vancouver Established first permanent body to further this inquiry, September 2000, Vancouver: The Truth Commission into Genocide in Canada; appointed Acting Secretary Published first account of crimes of Genocide in Indian residential schools, February, 2001: “Hidden from History: The Canadian Holocaust” (3rd edition at www.hiddennolonger.com) Established Friends and Relatives of the Disappeared, Vancouver and Toronto, 2005-2010; led church occupations and national conferences into missing aboriginal children Forced Canadian government “apology” for Indian residential schools, June 2008 Co-founded the International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS), June 15, 2010 with six other organizations; appointed ITCCS Field Secretary Led public protests and exorcisms at the Vatican, 2009, 2010; ITCCS endorsed by Radical Party and other politicians, Rome Co-founded International Common Law Court of Justice, spring 2011, Brussels; served as Chief Advisor to the Prosecutor’s Office ; launched two Common Law Court cases against the Vatican, the Crown of England, Canada and its churches for crimes of Genocide, child sacrifice and trafficking (2012-14). Successfully convicted defendants for crimes against humanity. As Special Adviser to the Provisional Government of the Republic of Kanata, helped establish the Republic and draft its founding Proclamation and Constitution (Winnipeg, January 15, 2015).
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In Unrelenting, Kevin Annett moves us along seamlessly from his own roots, to their flowering in his eviction not only from the church ministry but also from life as he knew it, to the international movement he has stirred. Naming his passionate detractors and attracting wounded witnesses and a few survivors of the genocidal Canadian holocaust, he airs children’s buttons and bones, charred and buried in dirt, entangled in the roots of trees planted to cover the crimes. He bares the horrors hidden underneath the robes that swagger within the courts, churches and palaces.
Kevin Annett details the long trail of progress through truth-gathering and truth-telling to strategic action, when he spearheaded the creation of the International Common Law Court of Justice (ICLCJ). Public summonses were issued, not to the usual scapegoats, but to the usurpers of royal thrones and to the papacy itself. No guns, no bombs, just the power of the truth ferreted out, fearlessly told, and finally administered by common law. The world knows about the pope’s resignation; now the inside story is told.
The paradox of enlightenment is that the greater the beam the greater the darkness that is exposed, and the darkness revealed in Unrelenting is of such a depth that, even while cheering the toppling of the usurpers of power and decrying the murders of the little ones, we would gladly look the other way, returning to our preoccupation with our own births and deaths and all that goes between.
We can conspire to kill the messenger, lash out in resistance, avert our eyes, or just stand in awe. Or we can take in the stark revelations and allow them to permeate our reality and influence the ways in which we proceed. How we cross that Rubicon and where we alight on the opposite shore will differ for each of us, with the caveat: there is no return. Such is the effect of Unrelenting upon the sincere reader. Yet, the author does not leave us in the furnaces or the hells he has exposed; there is a path home.
Few authors can present their own narrative with as much coherence and flow, born of relentless honesty and unfaltering focus. Time and what the rest of us do will reveal the ongoing effects of what is past; and whether what is done as recorded in Unrelenting remains the most important story in memory, or the beginning of a global healing that is long overdue.
"I have something with me that no one has yet seen. The bones of children unearthed at the residential school last week. These have been verified by an archaeologist as coming from young children. This child was probably four years old. This bone was cut through, the bodies were chopped up. (Holding a large bone up for Occupiers to see) This bone was unearthed at a residential school run by the Anglican Church. Over 50,000 children never came back. These are the disappeared of Canada."
This is a vastly different account than offered in the Introduction where the author states:
"This is likely from a small child. It was dug up from a suspected mass grave at the Anglican Indian School just south of here in Brantford. There are many thousands of such remains all over Canada, from all the children who were buried in secret in those places."
Should anyone care to hear exactly what the author said during that Occupy rally which featured at best about 40 or so individuals (not the hundreds Annett claims came to hear him speak), see the YouTube video here: [...]
Apparently the issue of the identification of the bones was hurtful enough to the Native people there that a Native run news program investigated Annett's bungling (and probable criminal handling) of human remains excavated from a historical site.
How on earth is anyone expected to take Mr. Annett's account of the Native experience seriously when even he misrepresents and glorifies his actions and statements made with the display of dead childrens bones to the world?
As for the prose of this book it weaves an interesting tale but mostly is autobiographical fiction rather than a historical novel of the Indian Residential Schools in Canada. Its a disapointing foray into apologetics for a defrocked priest with too much narrative being passed off as factual information. If you're into white guilt then this may appeal to you.