‘The Story Of A National Crime’ | The Tyee

‘The Story Of A National Crime’

Dr. Peter Bryce – Canada’s first chief officer of medical health – for 15 years he tried to alert authorities beginning in 1904

“For 15 years, Dr. Peter Bryce, Canada’s first chief officer of medical health repeatedly warned his superiors that the country’s disease-riddled residential schools had become glorified tuberculosis death camps. He courageously pressed for reforms. But Bryce’s superiors didn’t listen. They didn’t want to know the truth, and made the physician’s job impossible as only bureaucrats can do.”

And so, when Bryce left the government and was no longer oath-bound to secrecy, he wrote a 24-page exposé on the accelerated extinction of Indigenous people willfully being perpetrated in Canada’s residential schools. You can see the book he published in 1922 here

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