When it comes to the controversial reports - related to "The Final Solution of our Indian Problem Genocide and Native Residential Schools in Canada" -- the consensus from Canadian history experts is the jury is still out until further investigations can take place. In fact, everything from ties and handkerchiefs that people wore, to restricted government reports from the period of when this "final solution" took place, are now being investigated.
For instance, a Canadian version of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act points to a report by Dr. Peter Bryce saying he believes "the conditions are being deliberately created in our Indian schools to spread infectious disease." Bryce's report was sent to the Canadian Department of Indian Affairs back in 1909 when he headed the famed Ontario Health Commission, but history experts state that little or nothing was done.
Canada's "final solution" lingers in history
While there are many versions of what happened to Canada's native peoples back at the turn of the 20th century, there is evidence that a form of genocide may have occurred, according to Canadian history experts commenting online. In fact, the issue has received widespread attention when the United Nations Human Rights panel stated that Canada was "in violation of international law for its treatment of Native Peoples, and that the condition of Aboriginals is the most pressing human rights issue facing Canadians." Moreover, there are numerous records from the early 20th century Canada nothing witnesses who testified to torture, sexual sterilization and even murder of native peoples.
Human rights investigation in Canada
According to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, this is cause for the country to look back to the late 19th century and early 20th century and investigate just what happened to Canadians who were then dubbed native peoples. Also, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police records from the period have been investigated and there is an ongoing investigation, stated Canadian government officials on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police web site. In addition, there are calls from the country's massive Native People's organization to look into the matter.
Canada dealing with native history
In addition, the Canadian history books -- that are used in elementary, middle and high schools throughout the country -- state clearly that the first residential schools for native peoples were built with government sanction beginning in the 1880s. In turn, a re-location order was issued during that period for people of the "native nations" about the spread of smallpox in regions of Canada. It is known that a massive number of native peoples died during that period of smallpox and other disease.
Overall, there is real concern throughout the country today as all Canadians react strongly to the serious health problems that native peoples faced back at the end of the 19th century and early 20th century Canada. While the Canadian government has stopped short of calling it a "Canadian Holocaust," there is backing from both the Canadian government and the U.N. to sort this footnote of history out and deal with the issues that impacted the country's native peoples.