A Facebook post falsely claims that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were convicted of kidnapping Indigenous children.
The July 20 message is a repeat of a claim long debunked: “After nearly a year of litigation, Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip were found guilty of missing 10 Indigenous children from Catholic boarding school. from Kamloops to British Columbia. An arrest warrant has been issued by six judges of the International Court of International Justice in Brussels.
This is not true.
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The claim stems from news in May that the remains of more than 215 children were found near Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia.
Kamloops Residential School was one of many residential schools in the Canadian system and operated from 1890 to 1978, becoming the largest residential school in Canada with a peak enrollment of 500 in the 1950s.
But there is no evidence that Queen Elizabeth or Prince Philip had anything to do with the discovery – or the school.
The first kidnapping allegation we found was a letter reposted by an anonymous member of the community on the Daily Kos in 2010. In that letter, an alleged former student named William Arnold Combes claimed that the Queen and Prince Philip had both visited Kamloops Indian Residential School in 1964. According to Combes, the royal couple had a picnic with some of the children there and “saw the Queen leave that picnic with ten children from the school. , and those kids never came back. “
But the story has not been substantiated.
There is no evidence that Queen Elizabeth or Prince Philip ever visited Kamloops Indian Residential School. Queen Elizabeth is Canada’s Head of State, so visits by the Royal Family to Canada are well documented. The British Columbia website says the royal couple only visited the city of Kamloops once in 1959, and Prince Philip visited the city alone in 1983.
The entity called “International Court of Common Law Justice” is not a legally recognized tribunal. It was created by Kevin Annett, a former Presbyterian minister who in 2018 was denounced by his former church as a conspiracy theorist in a press release.
In the statement, The United Church of Canada wrote: “Annett is able to attract attention because he hides behind one truth: that Canada’s residential school system was abusive, unjust and destructive of indigenous culture.
In addition, there is no evidence of the arrest warrant allegedly issued by the six judges at Annett’s “court”. If the Queen of England were found guilty by a court of any crime, it would be international news.
Annett has been spreading other plots on her blog site for years, including one that suggested Canada criminalizes measures that would prevent the spread of COVID-19 – a claim PolitiFact classified false.
Annett’s site also alleges that a whistleblower alerted media to the remains of children from Kamloops Indian Residential School, even though the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation revealed the findings in a press release.
Residential schools in Canada were created by the Canadian government in the 1880s to forcibly assimilate Indigenous children into Canadian culture. They are now believed to have been places where children were subjected to abuse based on what was called “cultural genocide” in a 2015 report by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
“Not all schools had violence, but every school aimed to exterminate the culture of [Indigenous] children and, in some cases, the lives of those children, ”said Dr. Niigaan Sinclair, professor of native studies at the University of Manitoba. “The whole system itself is a system of assimilation based on violence.
A Facebook post claimed Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip were convicted of missing ten Indigenous children from Kamloops Indian Residential School.
There is no evidence that Queen Elizabeth or Prince Philip ever visited the residential school. There is no record of the alleged arrest warrant. And the tribunal that would have issued this warrant is not a legally recognized tribunal, but the creation of a conspiracy theorist.
We value this claim Pants on fire!