It’s been over two years since we last spoke during Occupy. I appreciated back then how you helped stand-up against the people who were promoting violence in the movement. Ever since that incident I’ve only had good feelings about you- so, please understand, I come in peace.
Today I learned some deeply disturbing information that you’ve been promoting a man named Kevin Annett- a con-artist who has been abusing Canada’s indigenous communities for many years. I’m writing to warn you about Annett, and to appeal to you to help reverse the damage he’s caused.
Annett is a former United Church minister who holds the distinction as the only person who has ever been defrocked by the church. The church gave Annett plenty of chances to keep his robe, but as his behaviour became increasingly erratic, they gave him the option of visiting a psychiatrist- he refused, and the relationship was over. Since that happened, Annett has been on a crusade to get revenge against the church.
Annett took on a very serious and genuine issue- the Indian residential schools are a black mark in Canadian history, and many children suffered from abuse. The problem is that Annett has only continued the pattern of abuse- appropriating the voices of indigenous communities, and viciously slandering native people who are brave enough to take a stand against the damage he’s been doing.
Take the story of Willie Blackwater, a heroic man who was the first native person to publicly discuss the (horrible) abuse he was subjected to at a residential school. It was Blackwater’s brave actions that led to the Canadian government’s apology to residential school survivors. Blackwater noticed very early on that Annett was stealing his people’s voices and spoke out asking him to stop. Annett’s response was to label Blackwater a “dimestore indian” and to spend the next few months smearing this heroic man’s name.
It was around that time when Annett was first publicly criticised in the media. In 2008 Terry Glavin (a respected Canadian journalist) put out his story exposing Annett titled Truth And Native Abuse.
In 2011 Annett began victimizing people at the Six Nations reserve in Ontario when he showed-up claiming to know the location of a “mass grave” of children from the Mohawk Residential School. After only two hours of digging (less than a foot deep) he magically pulled out what he proclaimed as children’s bones. A few days later Annett showed up at Occupy Toronto, pulled the bones out of his pockets (ignoring every rule about maintaining evidence) and proclaimed himself a hero.
The problem is that they weren’t children’s bones, they came from animals. One witness who was with Annett during the ‘dig’ claimed that the bones smelled like they were rotting when they ‘came out of the ground’. If they were the bones of children, they would have been 30+ years old (and no longer rotting). When asked to send the bones for DNA testing, Annett refused- when the people at the Six Nations asked him for the bones back he refused.
In 2012 I was approached by the Aboriginal People’s Television Network (APTN) to help with their research exposing Annett’s crimes. If you believe that Annett is real, you really need to watch this video– it shows the damage Annett did to the Six Nations community. I also suggest you watch this video of community members denouncing Annett for the damage he did there.
The most disturbing link I saw on your website was the story about Steve Finney and Amy Smart- two of Annett’s most recent victims. Annett has (insanely) claimed that he’s ‘dissolved’ the Canadian state and that the country’s laws are no longer valid; Finney and Smart swallowed this story hook, line and sinker- much to their (and their young daughter’s) demise.
Finny & Smart had their child taken away by the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) after allegations were made about her being abused. Annett encouraged them to take destructive (and insane) activities like visiting CAS and delivering a (fraudulent) legal notice that their agency was dissolved by Annett’s fake court. Following Annett’s advice resulted in an innocent child being kept from her family.
It’s also important to note that by publishing the child’s name on your website you are both endangering this young girl and violating Canadian law- it’s strictly not allowed to publish the name of a child who is under the care of CAS.
Kevin Annett is a monster whose actions only serve to discredit the (very real) claims of abuse by indigenous people. He’s been denounced by communities across the country and asked to stop- each time this happens he slanders and abuses residential school victims. By promoting Annett on your website, you’re only helping to continue his pattern of abuse.
Roseanne, I beg of you, please take down the links about Annett on your website- it’s not right that you let this man use your good name to continue his crimes and abuse. If you need more information on Annett, you can read through the many articles I’ve written exposing him. If you need more information before you make a decision, I’ll be happy to introduce you to some of his victims- the damage he’s done has been far and wide.
Once you’ve read through and understand Annett’s history, you’ll understand what a mistake you’ve made. Don’t take it personally, Annett is very good con-artist, many intelligent people have fallen for his tall tales. And, perhaps once you know, you can help us stop the pain he’s been causing- with all your fans and followers, you’d be a great help getting the word out.