Mohawk Mothers Demand Investigation into Possible Unnamed Graves at McGill University | The Canadian News

The Mohawk mothers suspect that there may be nameless graves on the McGill University campus.

The group believes they are linked to controversial psychological experiments conducted there in the 1950s and 1960s that received funding from the Canadian government and the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

“Some of our children may have been taken out of some of the residential schools and brought here,” said Mohawk Mother Kahentinetha of the Bear Clan.

Mohawk’s mothers say they were led to believe this after their recent interview with Lana Ponting, one of the few survivors left of Dr. Ewen Cameron’s experimental treatments, including drug-induced comas and intensive shock therapy, in high school.

Ponting’s testimony alleges that the victims of the experiments were buried on the grounds surrounding the Allan Memorial Institute and that underage children were victims of these experiments.

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“There was a native girl the same age as her,” Kahentinetha said. “And she was 16 at the time, but there were other younger ones.”

Survivor Ann Diamond approached Montreal historian and tour guide Donovan King a decade ago. He says his accusations corroborate Ponting’s testimony.

“She said these nameless graves are a big secret,” King said.

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In a statement to Global News, McGill University spokeswoman Cynthia Lee writes: “In 2016, McGill commissioned a study on the archaeological potential of the Royal Victoria hospital site. Based on this study, it is unlikely that indigenous remains will be found at the New Vic project site. However, if this is the case, it will be made public immediately. “

In addition, the Mohawk Mothers insist that work on the undisclosed Mohawk land must stop until McGill requests their permission.

“This land here, all of it, is Mohawk land,” Kahentinetha said. “And there has been no record of any transfer of the land from us to anyone else.”

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His testimony against the New Royal Vic project will be presented in front of the Montreal public consultation office on November 10.

The Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line (1-866-925-4419) is available 24 hours a day to anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of their residential school experience.

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