Hungry Canadian Aboriginal Children Were Used in Government Experiments During 1940s


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It appears that Candian natives, including children,  were starved on purpose by researchers back in the 1940s and 50s.

via The Star

Aboriginal children were deliberately starved in the 1940s and ’50s by government researchers in the name of science.

Milk rations were halved for years at residential schools across the country.

Essential vitamins were kept from people who needed them.

Dental services were withheld because gum health was a measuring tool for scientists and dental care would distort research.

For over a decade, aboriginal children and adults were unknowingly subjected to nutritional experiments by Canadian government bureaucrats.

This disturbing look into government policy toward aboriginals after World War II comes to light in recently published historical research.

When Canadian researchers went to a number of northern Manitoba reserves in 1942 they found rampant malnourishment. But instead of recommending increased federal support to improve the health of hundreds of aboriginals suffering from a collapsing fur trade and already limited government aid, they decided against it. Nutritionally deprived aboriginals would be the perfect test subjects, researchers thought.

The details come from Ian Mosby, a post-doctorate at the University of Guelph, whose research focused on one of the most horrific aspects of government policy toward aboriginals during a time when rules for research on humans were just being adopted by the scientific community.

Researching the development of health policy for a different research project, Mosby uncovered “vague references to studies conducted on ‘Indians’ ” and began to investigate.

Government documents eventually revealed a long-standing, government-run experiment that came to span the entire country and involved at least 1,300 aboriginals, most of them children.

These experiments aren’t surprising to Justice Murray Sinclair, chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The commission became aware of the experiments during their collection of documents relating to the treatment and abuse of native children at residential schools across Canada from the 1870s to the 1990s.

It’s a disturbing piece of research, he said, and the experiments are entrenched with the racism of the time.


  • Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness

    Some would say this study is an aberration, but I say it is the heart of science. Objectivity and objectification are the very same thing.

  • Eric_D_Read

    Canada’s like the quite, friendly neighbor that’s secretly a serial killer.

  • terrasodium

    And what should one infer from this report? One could draw out that the data collected would be weaponized in some way,or that the information gathered would be useful in dealing with populations undesired by a status quo, or it could simple point out that you and I are next? As Russel Means said so correctly to the Continental American citizens “Welcome to the reservation” to paraphrase ,it is now the euro-centrics turn to be terrorized by the technology borne out of greed and desire for control.
    And all the while Canadians prattling on about better health care, Maybe Prime Minister Harper can pro-rogue history?

  • ManwithnoCountry

    I can only wonder what they’re up to now.

  • InfvoCuernos

    Starving children for a study? I’m sure somewhere in the chain of people greenlighting this study, someone said ” Imagine the lives saved with the knowledge gaining in this study!” trading real lives for hypothetical ones. I am very aware that real evil exists, but its always a surprise when you see it out in the open like this. They should have rooted out that evil bastard back then and buried him in a deep dark hole for a long time.