By William F. (Bill) Mann
The recent discovery of 215 unmarked graves containing the remains of native children, who were forced to attend the Indian Residential School in Kamloops, British Columbia, has rocked not only all of Canada but the world. Unfortunately, these graves do not mark a singular incident. According to the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Report of 2015, there could be anywhere between 8,000 and 15,000 similar unmarked graves across Canada.
Native residential schools were a product of the colonization of Lower and Upper Canada from the early 1800’s and, more specifically, the 1867 confederation of Canadian provinces, including British Columbia. Their true and stated purpose was the forced gentrification and genocide of the indigenous peoples within the boundaries of the newly-formed Canada, thus allowing European settlement and exploration across the vast expanse of Canada.
Secretly, the Canadian government of the time, headed by-then Prime Minister Sir John A. MacDonald, in conjunction with the Catholic, Anglican, and Presbyterian Church, and the Canadian Railways, looked to “force the Indian out of the Indian.” In most cases, the children were physically removed from their homes, in spite of their parents and tribe’s or nation’s protest. Stories of the children being loaded onto wagons, cattle cars, army or cattle trucks, similar to stories of the Jewish Holocaust, have resounded throughout the decades.
Oral testimonies from residential school survivors speak of untold horrors, including unfathomable sexual and physical abuse, as well as forced vaccinations and experimental exposure to small pox and other diseases. The burning of the small bodies in school boilers or dumping of the remains within shallow or unmarked graves may well be one of the widest and most horrific genocides experienced by mankind.
Photograph of native residential girls in the classroom, circa 1950. Girls, and boys, were shorn of their long hair and individual identities were purposefully dissuaded, including the formal application of Christian names. In addition, all students were forbidden to speak in their native language.
In many ways, this long-forged trauma explains indigenous peoples’ reluctance to receive the Covid-19 vaccines today. Sadly, many chiefs have had to step up and demonstrate to their peoples that the vaccine is safe and innocuous by receiving their vaccine first.
To deepen the wounds, the Pope and the Vatican have repeatedly refused official requests from both the Canadian government and the First Nations Peoples to formally apologize for the atrocities carried out by the Catholic Church in the name of God and the expressed purpose of “Christianizing” what they perceived as “pagans”. The Jesuits and associated Grey Nuns were primarily responsible (upwards of 75% of the schools across Canada) for manning the schools and providing the necessary administrative structure across Canada.
The Canadian government, along with the Anglican and Presbyterian Church have formally offered apologies but never the Catholic Church. In addition, repeated requests for access and repatriation of the Church records, which remain within the Vatican library, have again fallen on deaf ears.
Sadly, the effects of over 150 years of forced residential schooling on the native population has repeatedly taken its toll over many generations, resulting in repeated waves of alcoholism, incest, drug abuse and suicide, as well as the loss of traditional knowledge and ceremony.
The healing process has only begun and it is difficult to say whether First Nations Peoples will ever recover to any great extent from the effects of the Indian Residential School system.
Photograph of the Mohawk Institute, an Indian residential school located in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. It opened in 1828 and was a boarding school for children from the nearby Six Nations Reserve, later to house a variety of native children mostly from Northern Ontario. The author grew up less than a block from the school and, although he did not attend the school, interacted on many occasions with the children, remembering their sadness and frailty to this day.
This photograph from the Canadian Archives came as a surprise to the author, in that the main fictional character contained within his latest work of fiction, entitled The Last Refuge of the Knights Templar, was named Thomas Moore. Obviously, the pseudo-saintly name of the young native boy is one given to him by the residential school system and does not reflect his unknown and unrelated native name. In most cases, male children were forced to get a circumcision and their tonsils removed, regardless of their age or health condition.
The question contained then within this blog is how does all of this relate to the concepts presented by the authors who make up Templar Gold?
For those followers of Templar Gold and the idea that a Holy Bloodline continues from the union of Jesus and Mary Magdalene to this day, there is immense speculation that this is the true secret, which lies behind the veracity of the Church’s attempted genocide of all indigenous peoples across Canada.
Accepting that the medieval Knights Templar first established peaceful and highly-spiritual contact with the Native North American peoples in the 12th century and continued an unbroken relationship until the 16th century, it is relatively easy to understand why the Church considered the indigenous peoples of North America to be a continuation itself of the Holy Bloodline. Access into the interior of the “new World” was a highly-guarded secret among the true initiates.
During this time, the Knights Templar are known to have established strategic intermarriages between their family lines, including the Holy Bloodline, and familial lines within the Native North Americans. Unions of this nature kept the Grail Bloodline strong and ultimately led to the larger Algonquin Nation, which extends from the eastern seaboard to the foothills of the Rockies, becoming the guardians of the “Templar Treasure.”
In essence, this underlying notion of a Holy Bloodline being propagated throughout the Native North Americans could very well explain the venom upon which the Church systematically moved to exterminate the entire indigenous population of North America.
Is it no wonder that the traditional practices and shamanic ceremonies of groups such as the Mide’win, the Ojibway Grand Medicine Society, were directed through oral prophecies over 400 years ago, to bury themselves deep within the existing native culture at that time? On the horizon, the sails of the first French ships guided by Samuel de Champlain and Pierre Dugua, Sieur de Mons, both Huguenots, could be seen, carrying the first wave of New World settlers.
Abandoning their well-established villages and agricultural practices, the eastern natives would once again inhabit the forests, and return to hunting and gathering as their main livelihood. Luckily, to some extent, Champlain and others such as the Sulpician monks who accompanied the first ships, carried with them the secret of the Holy Bloodline and earlier intermixing of that bloodline with the Native North Americans.
An immediate result was the establishment of New France, including Acadia (Nova Scotia). Champlain would go on to found Montreal, which would become the official sanctuary of the Holy Bloodline, until the arrival of the Jesuits in the mid-17th century. From that time onward, it became a game of cat and mouse between the Jesuits and the Sulpicians, between the French crown and those descendants of the Templars and Native North Americans.
Since then, the obliteration by the Church and the secret interests of European royal families have systematically worked to root out all remaining members of the Grail Bloodline, using brutal methods finally evolving into the Indian Residential School system.