THE NEW DENVER SURVIVORS
1999-2005 Human Rights Complaint 2010 by Mike Verigin
 
1999 BC government mentality of arrogance, cultural superiority and racism.
1999 BC Ombudsman releases report 38, investigation into confinement of Doukhobor children, makes 5    recommendations.
1999 BC government creates multi ministry committee, lead Ministry of Attorney General, chaired by Linda Neville. 
2000 BC government does not accept BC Ombudsman report 38 findings/recommendations.
2000 NDS lawyers Schroeder & Co. inform BC government of civil lawsuit.
2000 BC Attorney General, Linda Neville, Greg Cran, Richard Meyers, start sham D-Doukhobor process with NDS. Divide/conquer, deny, deflect, degrade, demean, delay, discredit.
2000 BC Attorney General, Linda Neville, Greg Cran, Richard Meyers create historical site project.
 
2001 New Denver Survivors file civil lawsuit against BC government.
2001 BC Attorney General, Geoff Plant, lawyer William A. Pearce, statement of defense, states New Denver was beneficial to Doukhobor children. Abuse, forced assimilation, genocide and crimes against humanity-persecution were beneficial to NDS? BC government statement of defense justifies government actions by associating the children with their parents actions, guilt by association. Children age 7 to 14 are not responsible for the actions of their parents/governments. Abuse, forced assimilation, genocide and crimes against humanity-persecution, committed by the BC government/RCMP, on 7 to 14 year old innocent Doukhobor children is impossible to justify.
 
2004 BC Attorney General Geoff Plant sent letters to NDS stating an apology will be given in the legislature.
2004 BC Supreme court dismisses New Denver Survivors lawsuit, statute of limitations.
2004 BC Attorney General Geoff Plant issues a meaningless/victimizing statement of regret.
2004 BC Attorney General Geoff Plant tries to sell statement of regret as apology.
2004 NDS file BC HR complaint, discrimination based on ancestry and religion, against BC Ministry of Attorney General.
 
2004 BC HUMAN RIGHTS TRIBUNAL COMPLAINT IS BASED ON BC MINISTRY OF ATTORNEY GENERAL:
 
1. denying BC Ombudsman report 38 findings/recommendations.
2. implementing a sham process to cover up truth/NDS experiences.
3. creating a historical site project violating NDS religious/ancestral beliefs.  
4. stating New Denver was beneficial to NDS, experiences of abuse, forced assimilation, genocide & crimes against humanity.
5. associating/labeling NDS with terrorism.
6. promising in writing an apology, issuing a meaningless/victimizing statement of regret.
7. selling statement of regret as apology to NDS/BC public.
8. distorting the historical context truth of NDS ancestry.
9. treating NDS with mentality of arrogance, cultural superiority and racism.
 
The actions of the BC Ministry of Attorney General,
violated NDS rights under UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
violated NDS rights under Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms,
violated NDS rights under BC Human Rights Tribunal Code,
treated NDS with hatred or contempt, based on NDS ancestry and religion.
 
2005 BC Attorney General, Linda Neville, Greg Cran, Richard Meyers, end sham process, no issues resolved.
2006 Supreme Court of Canada decides not to hear NDS civil lawsuit appeal.
2008 BC Human Rights Tribunal makes Preliminary Decision to proceed to full hearing.
2010 BC Supreme Court, judicial review of BC Human Rights Tribunal Preliminary Decision.
 
1899-1999 Historical Context.
 
1953 Unresolved event 5-New Denver, 200 Doukhobor children age 7 to 14 arrested/confined by BC government/RCMP.
 
1953 BC gov., BC Ministry of Attorney General mentality of arrogance, cultural superiority, and racism.
1953 BC Social Credit Premier W.A.C. Bennett states, we will crush the Doukhobors.
1953 BC Premier W.A.C. Bennett creates multi ministry committee on Doukhobor affairs based in Victoria and creates local multi ministry committee on Doukhobor affairs in Nelson BC.
1953 BC Attorney General Robert Bonner and BC Ministry of Education recreate/adopt 1929/32 forced assimilation policy.
1953 BC Attorney General Robert Bonner and BC Ministry of Education adopt policy to deprive Doukhobors of civil liberties.
1953 BC Attorney General Robert Bonner announces get tough program, fines, driver licenses revoked, children arrested/confined.
 
1953 RCMP night raids with police dogs, road blocks, curfews on Sons of freedom Doukhobor communities, continued until 1959.
1953 40 RCMP arrest 144 sons of freedom Doukhobor adults at Perry Siding.
1953 40 RCMP raid Doukhobor tent camp at Perry Siding BC, arrest 104 children, 12 nursing mothers with babies, forcefully confine them at New Denver.
1954 40 RCMP in full riot gear raid Doukhobor community of Gilpin BC, use tear gas against protesting women, arrest/club 4 women. 
1954 40 RCMP in full riot gear raid Doukhobor community of Gilpin BC , 2 weeks later, no children are found.
1955 50 RCMP in full riot gear raid Doukhobor community of Krestova BC, arrest 40 children, forcefully confine children at New Denver BC.
 
1955 Doukhobors file 2 United Nations complaints/Genocide, complaints ignored.
1955 Perepolkin, Freedom of Religion legal challenge-New Denver, legal limbo for 1 child.
1956 British/Canadian/BC Judge makes narrow ruling, no religious factors present, for another child.
1957 BC Attorney General blocks all legal avenues to get children released from New Denver.
1957 BC government invites Vancouver Sun reporter Simma Holt to make special report. Simma Holt concludes New Denver Dormitory is a high-class boarding school and forced assimilation/compulsory education will solve the "Doukhobor Problem". Children age 7 to 14!
  
New Denver Dormitory was a prison environment. Doukhobor children age 7 to 14 were hunted down by 40/50 RCMP dressed in full riot gear with police dogs from 1953 to 1959. New Denver Dorm was in an isolated location, 8 foot high chain link fence, guard house with guard 24/7/365, patrolled by RCMP with police dogs. Children were not allowed to leave for the full duration of their forced confinement, no compassion leaves for funerals/illnesses/weddings. Visits conducted through the fence, controlled by passes, were restricted  to 2/month, 1 hour, 2 relatives. Numbers were assigned to each child, put on clothing, shoes, personal space, lockers, work sheets. Roll call 3 times per day, horn blows, children required to line up by bed or main yard. Head count at bed time. Lock downs for various reasons. Forced labor. Severe punishments, visits cancelled, straps, extra work details. RCMP were used to intimidate, discipline children. Outside communication restricted, monitored, censored. All activities controlled 24/7/365. Loss of civil liberties, language, religion and culture.
 
The BC government/RCMP would enact a legislated racism policy, arrest the Doukhobor adults, then arrest the Doukhobor children. This had a negative effect on 4 generations of my family. The actions of the British Columbia government/RCMP were legislated racism & abuse of power, abuse of children, forced assimilation, genocide & crimes against humanity-religious persecution.
 
Diametrically opposite general beliefs, identities of language, religion and culture.
 
       British:                                                    Doukhobors:
 
Warring nation                                     Pacifists, against war/killing, (peace)
Allegiance to queen & country        Allegiance to god/Jesus Christ, (love)
Materialistic society                            Spiritual society
Anglican church                                   Spirituality-divine guidance
-rigid church dogma                            -god to individual
Rigid multi class society                      All humans are equal
Language, English                                Language, Russian
Capitalist, free enterprise                   Mir land system, communal
Navy - Colonization                             Left Russia to avoid persecution
Monarchy, flags, icons                        Do not believe in monarchy, icons
Meat eaters, pubs, pipes                    Vegetarians, don't drink, don't smoke
Victorian age, 10 layers of clothing   Nude protests
Open society                                           Closed society
 
Note: Both British and Doukhobors have a right to be who they are, nobody has a right to force their beliefs on another group/culture, especially in a democratic society.
 
Diametrically opposite identities, general beliefs between the British/Canadian/BC majority and the Doukhobors was the root cause of the "Doukhobor Problem". British/Canadian/BC governments tried to solve the "Sons of Freedom Problem" by forced assimilation. United Nations and Canadian federal government have acknowledged forced assimilation is wrong. BC Ombudsman report no. 38, chap II-The Policy, created by BC Department of Attorney general, states forced assimilation/compulsory education of 1 to 2 generations (25 to 50 years) of Doukhobor children will solve the "Sons of Freedom Problem". Children age 7 to 14! Policy of forced assimilation is wrong because it is based on a mentality of arrogance, cultural superiority and racism. BC Ministry of Attorney General defends these policies in 1999 to 2005.
 
The message BC gov. sends is forced assimilation policies are beneficial to Doukhobors/minorities.
The message BC gov. sends is NDS Doukhobor identity of language, religion and culture is not important.
The message BC gov. sends is Canadian multi cultural society is not important.
The message BC gov. sends is it's ok to treat NDS with hatred or contempt because NDS are Sons of Freedom Doukhobors.
 
2010 NDS should have the following rights. NDS were denied these rights in 1953 to 1959.
 
1. Canadian Constitution, Freedom of Religion 1867.
2. UN Charter 1945.
3. UN Nuremberg Tribunal, set 2 precedents under international Law 1945:
3-1. These actions are always illegal even if the government carrying them out is obeying its own laws.
3-1-1. Forcible movement of people.
3-1-2. Degrading treatment or punishment.
3-1-3. Prolonged arbitrary detention.
3-1-4. Religious Persecution.
3-1-5. Genocide.
3-2. All levels of military/Nazi organization bear some degree of responsibility for crimes.
4. UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948, Articles 2, 18, 19, 26-3.
5. UN Convention on the Prevention & Punishment of the Crime of Genocide 1951, Article 2, 3, 4.
6. UN International Covenant on Civil and political Rights 1966.
7. BC Human Rights Act 1969.
8. Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms 1982:
8-2. Fundamental Freedoms.
8-2a. freedom of conscience and religion.
8-2b. freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression.
8-15-1 Equality rights.
Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination based on ethnic origin, religion. The Constitution makes it clear that equality is not a right to be acquired, but a state that exists. It ensures that individuals are entitled to full equality in law - and not just in the laws themselves but in the administration of law as well.
9. UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 1990, Articles 3, 9, 12.
10. International Criminal court, Genocide & Crimes Against Humanity 2002.
11. BC Human Rights Tribunal 2010, Code 7-1a & 1b, 8-1a & 1b.
 
Jericho Hill, Woodlands, First Nations and Japanese Canadians have these rights.
Jericho Hill, Woodlands, First Nations and Japanese Canadians have received trust fund, apology and compensation.
 
Why don't NDS have the above rights?
 
The message BC gov. sends to NDS and BC public is, NDS do not have these rights because NDS are Sons of Freedom Doukhobors.
The message BC gov. sends to NDS and BC public is, it's OK to treat NDS with hatred or contempt because NDS are Sons of Freedom Doukhobors.
The message BC gov. sends to NDS and BC public is, NDS do not deserve healing and reconciliation because NDS are Sons of Freedom Doukhobors.
 
The actions of BC Ministry of Attorney General are systemic discrimination against NDS based on ancestry, religion, race and family status. 
 
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.
 
My name is Mike Verigin, I am an innocent 7 year old child, I am a New Denver Survivor, I am a fourth generation Canadian. I am not a Sons of Freedom/Freedomite, I am not the "Doukhobor Problem",  I never participated in terrorism, I never participated in bombings, burnings or nude protests. My ancestry is Sons of Freedom Doukhobor.