First, let me say, I feel bad about what’s happened to you. After putting your trust into Kevin Annett, you are now stuck in a place where your the world has discovered that he’s been a false messiah. These must be really challenging times for you. Please accept my apology on behalf of the people of Canada- our system failed you by enabling Kevin to have continued his fraud for so long.
But, regardless of external forces Marcia, you are still responsible for your own actions. And, how you continue to support Kevin in his deception – long after the evidence has come out that residential school survivors want Kevin to stop – is a slap in the face to the victims. It’s time for you to wake-up now and quit feeding Kevin’s abusiveness towards them.
There’s something you wrote to me this week that has been resonating in my head since I saw it. Let me share a screenshot to remind you:
There’s a big problem with this Marcia- it’s that there are scores of people who came before Kevin taking about the problems of the residential schools. If you have any doubt, read Heather Martin’s excellent article where she researched the history. Also remembers survivors like Willie Blackwater and Harriett Nahanee- both people were brave enough to speak out about their stories and challenged the official history of what happened. Both of them also asked Kevin Annett to stop representing them. Blackwater was public on this subject before Kevin ever was.
If that’s not good enough, let me introduce you to the story of Samuel McGillivary, a survivor of group homes who camped-out on the lawn of the Manitoba Legislature until the province agreed to make an apology and reparations for the damage that was done to him and to his fellow residents. McGillivary is still actively working on his cause.
Kevin has stolen people’s stories, forged signatures, taken money and engaged in vicious attacks on a large number of people- including the people who he claims to be representing. Each day his deception continues is another day of pain for people who least deserve it.
Marcia, regardless of if you are wittingly or unwittingly part of Kevin’s deception- you are actively helping it continue. This is a horribly tragedy, and you need to stop now. There’s no excuse any longer- the evidence is out there for you to read, and the vast majority (at least 95%) of people who have supported Kevin have now realized that he’s a fraud. It’s time for you to do the same.
Also, it is time for you to do the honourable thing and apologize to the people who you’ve been helping to hurt. It won’t be easy to do that, but it is something that is necessary for you to do. Please bow down now, you will be forgiven.