THE NEW DENVER SURVIVORS
My Ancestry

 

2010           ANCESTRY           BY MIKE VERIGIN
 
My ancestry outline is in chronological order. The majority of information comes from website  www.doukhobor.org,  Doukhobor Genealogy Website, for efficiency I will abbreviate it as d when I refer to website-menu-submenu-item. The major breakdown is Russia(250 years) and Canada(100 years). Canada is further broken down into family generations and major events affecting each generation. My comments, personal conclusions are also included.
 
1650 New spiritual vibration in Europe. Beginning of Doukhobors, Mennonites, Quakers. Leading edge of new age of Aquarius based on principles of love and peace. There are 12 ages of 2050 years each making a manvantara of 24,600 years, a complete spiritual cycle. The year 2000 is the start of the 2050 years of age of Aquarius.
 
Doukhobor identity is 1. Language-Russian, Ukrainian, 2. Religion-main beliefs, pacifists against war/killing(peace), allegiance to god/Jesus Christ(love), 3. Culture-economy, food, dress, social life, recreation. Doukhobors believe all people are equal, are brothers and sisters, contain the spark/spirit of god within. Doukhobors consider themselves free people, citizens of earth/universe, in service to god/Jesus Christ. In Russia Doukhobors lived under Mir land system. Mir land system is based on democratic/communal ownership of land. A village is built on a piece of land, used by members of the community shared equally by each member for the benefit of the community as a whole. Rights of the individual based on the community as a whole, for the good of all concerned. Mir in Russian means world and peace. Grandmother Kurnoff represents the Cossack side of the family. Kurenev means Cossack village. Cossacks were free people living in self contained villages under their own democratic/military style systems. 
 
The Tsar/Orthodox church system ruled Russia in 1600/1700/1800. Tsar system was a monarchy. Monarchies are based on the principles of power and greed. Power was maintained by military force. Greed was maintained by corruption. Doukhobors considered the Russian Tsar monarchy and the Orthodox church corrupt. Love and peace versus power and greed.
 
1650-1762 Verigins originated from the Kharkov, Ekaterinoslav, Kurnoffs from Tavria, provinces of Russia.
 
d-Stories & Articles-Genealogical-Discovering Our Doukhobor Roots - by Jonathan J. kalmakoff.
d-Stories & Articles-General-Ethnic Diversity Among the Early Doukhobors.
d-Stories & Articles-Historical-Spiritual origins and the Beginnings of Doukhobor History -by Svetlana A. Inikova.
 
1792 d-Stories & Articles-Historical-Conversation Between the Rector of Nevsky Seminary & Kharkov Dukhobortsy 1792 by M. Gavriil.
1797 d-Stories & articles-Historical-Persecution of Doukhobors in South Russia 1797, by Joseph S. Elkinton.
1801 d-Stories & Articles-Historical-More About the History of the Dukhobortsy of Kharkov Province by I.V. Sawa. 
  
1762-1802 d-Settlements-Historical Maps-Origins/Early Doukhobor Exiles in Russia 1762-1802/Download.
1802 d-Settlements-Historical Maps-Origins/The Doukhobors in Russia 1802/Download.
 
1802-1822 d-Settlements-Historical Maps-The Molochnaya/Doukhobor Resettlement to Tavria 1802-1822/Download.
1816 d-Stories & Articles-Historical-A Visit to the Dukhobortsy on the Sea of Azov in 1816 by Robert Pinkerton.
1818 d-Stories & Articles-Historical-Travels to the Dukhobortsy living on the Molochnaya River 1818 by Ebenezer Henderson.
1802-1845 d-Settlements-Historical Maps-The Molochnaya/Molochnaya Doukhobor Settlement 1802-1845/Download.
1822-1828 d-Stories & Articles-Historical-The Dukhobortsy 1822-1828 by Daniel Schlatter.
1839-1841 d-Stories & Articles-Historical-Travels Among the Molochnaya Dukhobortsy 1839-1841 by Adele&Xavier Hommaire de Hell.
 
1841-1845 d-Settlements-Historical Maps-The Caucasus/Doukhobor Exile to the Caucasus 1841-1845/Download.
1841-1899 d-Settlements-Historical Maps-The Caucasus/Doukhobor Settlements in the Caucasus 1841-1899/Download.
1860 d-Stories & Articles-Historical-Appeal for Help by V.G. Chertkov, P.I. Biryukov, and I.M. Tregubov.
 
1895 d-Links-Doukhobor-The Spirit Wrestlers-Main-23 Jun 2009-Historic 1895 Burning of Guns Description: Selections & Translations.
1895 d-Links-Doukhobor-The Spirit Wrestlers-Main-20 Nov 2007-Tolstoy and the Doukhobors.
 
Canadian generation 1-great grandparents
 
Doukhobors came to Canada on the basis of 3 negotiated agreed upon conditions. The 3 conditions were:
 
1-Land in a block; they must live in group settlements as they had in the Mir system in Russia,
2-Military exemption; they could not serve in the military,
3-Control of their internal affairs; they wanted to preserve their identity of language, religion and culture.
 
Canada was a colony ruled by the British. All the major power systems in Canada were British, government, military/RCMP, news media, churches, financial, business, legal, unions. Britain was a monarchy/democracy. Monarchies are based on the principles of power and greed. Power was maintained by the major British power systems/England. Greed was maintained by using the resources of Canada. Numerous studies/government apologies confirm British mentality of arrogance, cultural superiority and racism in dealing with Doukhobors, First Nations and other minority groups. Love and peace versus power, greed, mentality of arrogance, cultural superiority and racism. The Doukhobor identity of language, religion and culture was diametrically opposite to the British identity.
 
1899 d-Stories & Articles-Historical-The Doukhobors Quarantined at Gross Isle 1899 by Koozma J. Tarasoff.
1899 d-Stories & Articles-Historical-Sergey Tolstoy and the Doukhobors: The Halifax Quarantine by Dr. Ian Cameron.
1899 d-Stories & Articles-Historical-The Doukhobors Quarantined at Lawlors Island 1899 by Koozma J. Tarasoff.
1899 d-Stories & Articles-Historical-With the Doukhobors to Canada by Vera M. Velichkina.
 
1899 d-Settlements-Historical Maps-Saskatchewan/Doukhobor Reserves in Saskatchewan 1899-1918/Download.
1899 d-Settlements-Historical maps-Saskatchewan/North Colony, Saskatchewan/Download.
1899 d-Settlements-Historical Maps-Saskatchewan/South Colony, Saskatchewan/Download.
 
1899 d-Stories & Articles-Historical-Canadian Doukhobors and the Land Question, 1899-1999 by John McLaren
 
Canadian generation 2-grandparents Pete Verigin/Helen Kurnoff, William Novakshonoff/Mary Strelioff
 
1901 d-Stories & Articles-General-A Doukhobor Romance, Victoria Daily Colonist & Lima Times Democrat.
1902 d-Stories & Articles-Historical-Visit to the Doukhobors, 1902 Manitoba Morning Free Press.
1903 d-Stories & Articles-Historical-Journey to a Colony of Doukhobors, 1903 E.W. Thompson.
1904 d-Stories & Articles-Historical-The Doukhobors in 1904 by Patricia L. McCormick.
1904 d-Stories & Articles-Historical-The Story of Saskatchewan and its People, The Doukhobors by John Hawkes.
 
1907 d-Stories & Articles-Historical-The Doukhobor Homestead Crisis, 1898-1907 Kathlyn Szalasznyi.
 
1908 Doukhobors move to BC. Verigins move to Grand Forks BC.
 
1908-1938 d-Settlements-Historical Maps-British Columbia/Doukhobor Settlements in British Columbia 1908-1938/Download.
1909-1938 d-Settlements-Historical Maps-British Columbia/Grand Forks, British Columbia 1909-1938/Download.
1909 d-Stories & Articles-Historical-Doukhobors in the Boundary by Vera Novokshonoff, Lucy Reibin, & Marion Obedkoff.
1909 d-Stories & Articles-General-Forced Doukhobor Schooling in British Columbia by William Janzen.
1914 d-Stories & Articles-Historical-British Columbia Community Regulation Act by Koozma J. Tarasoff.
 
1914-1918 WW1.
1919 d-Links-Doukhobor-The Doukhobor Discovery Centre-From the Archives-1919 Open letter from James Mavor.
 
Canadian generation 3-Parents Pete Verigin-1918/Tena Novakshonoff-1923
 
1924 d-Links-Doukhobor-Explosion on the Kettle Valley Line: Death of Peter Verigin.
 
1929 Market Crash/Great Depression.
1929 Burnings and nude protests.
 
1929-1932 First and second incidents of Doukhobor children being forcefully confined. My mother-Tena, aunt-Ann and uncle Bill Novakshonoff were confined in a foster home in Chilliwack for 2 years. 365 Doukhobor children were confined in foster homes/orphanages/industrial schools. My dad Pete Verigin was in foster care with community Doukhobor family relative, Bill Kurnoff. 
 
1932 d-Stories & Articles-Historical-Piers Island: The Doukhobor Period, 1932-1935 by A. Harold Skolrood.
Grandparents Verigins & Novakshonoffs, both confined at Piers Island.
 
1938-1945 CCUB foreclosure, loss of lands/businesses/infrastructures in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan.
1938 d-Stories & Articles-General-Origin of the CCUB Trust Fund by Larry Ewashen.
 
1939-1945 WW2. 55 million people killed in total, 27 million Russians killed, 6 million Jews killed. Greatest sin for Christians, most religions, is killing another human being. Grandfather William Novakshonoff burned his barn down to protest WW2/killing of 27 million Russians. Freedom of religion/self defense, pacifists versus forced assimilation, military conscription. Labeled a terrorist, who is the terrorist kill 55 million people or protest killing?
 
Most killers justify killing by claiming self defense, WW1, WW2, Bush/Iraq, had to defend their way of life. The main cause of war is power and greed. Spiritual law of Karma, armed man with gun attacks you, you defend yourself with enough force to kill attacker, 2/3 of negative karma to attacker, 1/3 of negative karma to defender. Cycle of negative Karma continues between the two souls. If you do not defend yourself and you are killed, 100% of negative Karma to attacker. Some % of positive karma(love /peace) to person killed. There is no cycle of negative karma between the two souls.
 
WW1. WW2. Negative view, the world has gone insane. Positive view, cleansing of world karma represented by hate/negative thoughts to prepare the world for new age of Aquarius based on principles of love and peace, 1000 year reign of Jesus Christ.
 
1943 Parents Pete & Tena Verigin move to Gilpin BC.
 
Canadian generation 4-Mike Verigin-1947/Marlene Datchkoff-1949
 
1953-1959 d-links-Doukhobor-The New Denver Survivors, third incident of Doukhobor children being forcefully confined.
1953-1959 www.ombudsman.bc.ca   -Resources & Publications-Public Report No. 38 & 43. I was forcefully confined in New Denver Jan/55 to June/59.
 
1954 Parents Pete & Tena Verigin move to Krestova BC.
1954 d-Settlements-Historical Maps-British Columbia/Doukhobor Settlements in British Columbia 1908-1938/Download.
 
1960-1962 Bombings, burnings and nude protests. My parents burned their home in Krestova BC.
1962-100 Sons of Freedom adults jailed in Agassiz.
1962-Sons of Freedom trek to Vancouver/Agassiz, Verigin family participates in trek.
 
1967 Centennial- Canadian Confederation.
 
Canadian generation 5-Marla-1973, Michelle-1973, Melanie-1974 
 
1974-1984 Symposiums-Expanded Kootenay Committee on Intergroup Relations. Main purpose to stop bombings, burnings and nude protests. Air grievances  between Doukhobors and  BC government.
 
1982 Canada becomes an independent country, no longer a colony ruled by Britain, Charter of Rights & Freedoms.
 
1995 Centennial- Burning of arms in Russia.
1999 Centennial- Doukhobors coming to Canada.
2005 Doukhobor Unity Committee-trying to reinvent Doukhobors.
 
Canadian generation 6-Kaylan -2005, Breanna -2008
 
2008 Centennial- Doukhobors coming to BC.
 
d-Links-Doukhobor-The Spirit Wrestlers-Main-6 Aug 2009-1000 Doukhobor Songs. Suggest you try Digital Jukebox 481 songs, Russia 68 songs.
 
Conclusions
 
The main purpose of life is to learn, gain knowledge/wisdom through experience, learn from history.
 
To learn from my ancestry, a breakdown of Russian ancestry and Canadian ancestry is required. Further Canadian breakdown by generation and major events affecting each generation. What motivated them to make their decisions? I looked at my ancestry from basis of: Spirit/Law of Karma, United Nations international legislation, Nuremberg Tribunal Precedents, Canadian legislation, BC Legislation. Karma is a spiritual reservoir representing the total experiences of an individual, community, country, planet. A person is made of soul/spirit, mental/positive-negative, emotional/love-hate, physical. Karma is your soul manifesting your spiritual energy in the spiritual/mental/emotional/physical planes. My motivation is self healing.
 
d-Stories & Articles-Historical-The Doukhobors' Place in Canadian History by Andrei Bonderoff.
 
There are six major groups, 1. British/Canadian Governments/RCMP, 2. BC Government, 3. Canadian/BC Population, Doukhobors-4. Independent, 5. Community, 6. Sons of Freedom/Reformed. There are five generations in Canada. There are five pivotal major unresolved events, 1-1907 Saskatchewan land loss, 2-1924 Killing of leader Peter Verigin, 3-1929-1932 365 Doukhobor children being forcefully confined in foster homes, orphanages and industrial schools, 4-1938-1945 Foreclosure-Lands/businesses/infrastructures loss in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan, 5-1953-1959 200 Doukhobor children arrested/forcefully confined in New Denver.
 
Doukhobors came to Canada on the basis of 3 negotiated agreed upon conditions. The 3 conditions were:
 
1-Land in a block; they must live in group settlements as they had in the Mir system in Russia,
2-Military exemption; they could not serve in the military,
3-Control of their internal affairs; they wanted to preserve their identity of language, religion and culture.
 
Unresolved Event 1, 1907 Saskatchewan land loss, 258,880 acres of cultivated Doukhobor reserves land
 
The British/Canadian Government applied legislation requiring oath of allegiance to Britain/Monarchy. This was the start of numerous punitive legislated racism actions, targeting the Doukhobors, taken by the British/Canadian governments and in the future by the BC government. This was designed to divide and conquer the Doukhobors, obtain the Doukhobor lands/businesses/infrastructures and prepare the Doukhobors for military service. The 2 main Doukhobor religious beliefs are, pacifists against war/killing(peace), allegiance to god/Jesus Christ(love). 258,880 acres of Doukhobor cultivated reserve lands reverted back to the crown. There were numerous outbreaks of war around the world involving Britain. There were at least 20 countries involved in wars. These outbreaks of war resulted in WW1. The actions of the British/Canadian governments were legislated racism and abuse of power.
 
Unresolved Event 2, 1924 Killing of leader Peter Verigin
 
The common thread/mentality of British/Canadian/BC governments dealing with Doukhobors was abuse of power, greed, arrogance, cultural superiority and legislated racism.  The motives of the British/Canadian/BC governments were, divide and conquer the Doukhobors, obtain control of Doukhobor lands/businesses/infrastructures and prepare the Doukhobors for military service. These motives were to maintain the British monarchy based on the principles of power and greed. The greatest benefit of killing Doukhobor leader Peter Verigin was to the British/Canadian/BC Governments and the majority British population in Canada/BC.
 
Unresolved Event 3, 1929-1932, 365 Doukhobor children arrested/confined in foster homes/orphanages/industrial schools
 
Unresolved Event 5, 1953-1959, 200 Doukhobor children arrested/confined in New Denver
 
The Law Commission of Canada did an extensive study on institutional child abuse. Report titled Restoring Dignity. The main effects of institutional child abuse are Disconnection, Degradation, Powerlessness. Disconnection for Doukhobor children was from community, families, language, religion and culture. The BC governments intent was to erase/forcefully assimilate the Doukhobor identity of Language, Religion and Culture. Degradation for Doukhobor children was in the form of Physical and Psychological Maltreatment, also loss of: Privacy, Dignity, Self Respect, and Individuality. Experience of Disconnection and Degradation create a state of Powerlessness in the individual and the community. BC Ombudsman report no. 38, chap II-The Policy, states forced assimilation/compulsory education of 1 to 2 generations of Doukhobor children will solve the "Doukhobor Problem". Children aged 7 to 14!  This is exactly what happened based on the British/Canadian/RCMP/BC governments policy of Forced Assimilation to 2 generations. My parents as children were forcefully confined in 1929-1932, I was forcefully confined in New Denver 1955-1959. Children aged 7 to 14 are not responsible for the actions of their parents/governments. This had a negative effect on 4 generations of my family.  The actions of the British/Canadian/RCMP/BC governments were abuse, forced assimilation, genocide and crimes against humanity-religious persecution.
 
Unresolved Event 4, CCUB Foreclosure-Lands/Businesses/Infrastructures loss in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan
 
The foreclosure process lasted from 1938 to 1945. The British/Canadian government took numerous actions to pressure the Doukhobors into military service. The motives of the British/Canadian/BC governments combined with the major British/Canadian financial institutions were to divide and conquer the Doukhobors, obtain the Doukhobor lands/businesses/infrastructures and force the Doukhobors into military service for WW2. The CCUB lands/businesses/infrastructures were valued between $6 to $10 million, in 1938 dollar value. The CCUB debt was $300,000. CCUB estimated equity was between 95% to 97%. Sun Life Assurance, Canadian Imperial Bank and Crown Life raped/gutted the CCUB organization. The BC government enacted special legislation to take over the foreclosure process, paid $280,000 to the financial institutions, profiting BC Government  to take over 71,600 acres of CCUB Doukhobor land in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan. After the foreclosure process was complete $142,000 remained in the CCUB trust fund. The BC government later subdivided the larger blocks and sold the Doukhobor lands at a substantial profit. Estimated profit 71,600 acres at $500/acre is $35,800,000. Estimated profit 71,600 acres at $1,000/acre is $71,600,000. This is estimated profit, excluding additional profits, gained by the BC government, from taking over the CCUB businesses and infrastructures.
 
CCUB lands/businesses/infrastructures were valued $6 to $10 million in 1938. CCUB equity was 95% to 97%. The CCUB debt was $300,000. The BC Government paid $280,000. The BC government received estimated land profit of $35,800,000 to $71,600,000 in 1960's, plus profit of the businesses, plus profit of the infrastructures. The Doukhobors received $142,000!
 
The actions of the British/Canadian/RCMP/BC governments, were Legislated Racism, Abuse of Power, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity-Persecution. The actions of the British/Canadian/BC governments were to benefit the British population in Britain, Canada and BC at the expense of the Doukhobors. These actions were to maintain the British monarchy based on the principles of power and greed.
 
 
The actions of the British/Canadian/RCMP/BC governments, targeting the Doukhobors, in the 5 unresolved events were immoral/illegal on all levels,  spirit/law of karma, UN legislation, Canadian legislation, and BC legislation. 
 
 
My Verigin grandparents were community/sons of freedom/independent Doukhobors. My Novakshonoff grandparents were community/sons of freedom Doukhobors. My parents were sons of freedom Doukhobors. My grandparents and parents were involved in burnings and nude protests. My grandfather burned down his barn to protest WW2/killing of 27 million Russians. My parents burned down their home in Krestova/1962 to protest religious persecution of Doukhobors by British/Canadian, BC governments. 95% of burnings were of Doukhobors own personal property as a means of protest. Their motives were self defense/survival against power, abuse of power, greed, British mentality of arrogance, cultural superiority and legislated racism.
 
I am a Canadian, my ancestry is Canadian, Doukhobor, Russian, Cossack. I personally was not involved in any bombings, burnings or nude protests. I understand/agree with my grandparents and parents motives of self defense, a pacifists has a right to self defense, but disagree with their means of self defense, of burnings and nude protests. Bombings, burnings and nude protests are based on negative thinking/hate, create/continue negative cycle of karma, do not represent peace and love.
 
Doukhobors had a positive influence on United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Canadian legislation Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Canadian Multi-Cultural policies, Canadian Human Rights code, BC Human Rights code, BC Association of Civil Liberties.
 
Doukhobors survived 250 years of religious persecution, forced assimilation, military conscription, 2 major land/material losses in Russia. Doukhobors also survived 100 years of religious persecution, forced assimilation, military conscription, 2 major land/businesses/infrastructures losses in Canada. The only thing Doukhobors ever wanted was their god given right to be who they are, live in a community/world based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, love and peace. Doukhobor actions were based on their religious beliefs, main beliefs, pacifists against war/killing(peace), allegiance to god/Jesus Christ(love). Roots of Freedom of Religion in Canada, 1852, Jehovah Witnesses legal case. Freedom of Religion in Canadian Constitution is 1867. The common thread in our 350 year ancestry is religion, a belief in Jesus Christ, a struggle for peace and love.