The truth is what the nuu-chah-nulth tribal council.
and the Tseshaht First Nation are seeking when they co-host a forum on the biomedical experimentation that was conducted at Alberni Indian Residential School in the 1940 and '50. The day-long event will be held Dec. 11 in Port Alberni, and the keynote address will be given by Dr. Ian Mosby of the University of Guelph. Mosby is the researcher who brought to light the experimentation done at the school. Children were denied food and medical treatment in the schools in an effort to understand the effects of a lack of calcium and vitamins. "Tseshaht and other aboriginal children became guinea pigs for the federal government, said Tseshaht First Nation Chief Councillor Hugh Braker. "These children were helpless victims for the government's experiments. They had been forcibly taken from their homes, had no parents available to protect them, were beaten and abused in school, forbidden from speaking their language, and then the government conducted experiments on them. This shocking treatment cannot be swept under the rug or ignored." The forum will include information from a doctor about the lasting effects of nutrition depravation, and a lawyer to discuss potential litigation.