Stephen Collis making his #KMFace
If you’ve been following this website for long, it’s likely you’re aware of the phenomenon of how the environmental movement all too often appropriates the voices of the indigenous people they claim to support. Kevin Annett is the most obvious example. When he made up stories of Catholic/Anglican/United church clergy murdering 50,000 Indian residential school children, chopping them up to pieces, and burying them in hidden mass graves; socialist obedience cult radicals took his lies to the reserves where they used them to gain influence and speak on their behalf in off-reserve events.
Street level activists like Dave Vasey and Sakura Saunders helped facilitate Annett’s fraud. Shameless websites like Rabble.ca published claims Annett ran an exorcism that caused a tornado to damage the Vatican, or the Media Co-Op who watched Annett pull what he claimed were bones of indigenous kids our of his pockets without questioning how disrespectful his actions would be if the story was actually true, or like the Vancouver Observer’s Linda Solomon who printed Annett’s claims without checking the facts. High-level revolutionaries promoted Annett; Ryerson professor Winnie Ng praised him, UK Marxist George Galloway claimed Annett was given the award for being a “great Canadian”, NDP Socialist Caucus leader Barry Weisleder gave the con-artist a glowing recommendation.
Today we add a new name to the appropriation of indigenous voice hall of shame, and dig deeper into the question of whether it’s safe to send your kids to Simon Fraser University or not. Our subject will be SFU English professor Stephen Collis, a board member at SFU’s controversial Institute for the Humanities who is active with the Council of Canadians. Judged against others whose appropriation was covered on this site, there’s a special place in hell for Stephen Collis- not only did he admit to appropriating the voice of Grand Chief Stuart Phillip, but he did that to help cover-up a criminal act of vandalism against another indigenous activist.