This article was published by the WTS on their website.
I find this JW practice of targeting vulnerable populations to be so disturbing. The last thing that Canadian Aboriginal communities need is yet another institution that victimizes their members.
Officials in Remote Northern Canada Thank Jehovah’s Witnesses for Special Bible Education Campaign
TORONTO—About 150 Jehovah’s Witnesses participated in a special Bible education campaign, organized by the branch office of the Witnesses in Canada, in September and October of 2014. Arrangements were made to visit 35 remote communities throughout the country.
The Witnesses were organized into groups and assigned to visit towns and villages that extended from Aklavik, Northwest Territories, in the west to Kangiqsualujjuaq, Quebec, in the east, a region spanning over 3,300 kilometers ( 2,000 miles). Those participating in this outreach campaign cared for their own travel expenses including, in some cases, airline tickets that cost several thousands of dollars per person.
Prior to the campaign, the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses approved translation of the video Why Study the Bible? into Inuktitut. This Inuit language is spoken by about 35,000 people in Canada and is recognized as an official language in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.
Ms. Velma Illasiak, a school principal in Aklavik, commented about the visit of the Witnesses: “The students really enjoyed the materials that you presented and are thinking about [them] . . . We are considering ordering a copy of both volumes of the book Questions Young People Ask—Answers That Work for each teenager in the school . . . Thank you for your time at our school and in our community.”
After speaking with the Witnesses and watching the video Why Study the Bible?, Mr. Peter Iyaituk, the mayor of the northern Quebec town of Ivujivik, spent two hours touring the visitors around the community in his vehicle. He also drove them to the airport on the day of their departure and thanked them for their visit.
Matthieu Rozon, spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Canada, states: “Jehovah’s Witnesses are happy to offer free Bible education to everyone. Those who participated in this campaign felt it was well worth their time and effort.”
During the two-month expedition, the Witnesses distributed over 37,000 pieces of literature. Almost 600 individuals requested follow-up visits from the Witnesses to continue their Bible discussions.
I was so disturbed by this report that I have emailed the mayor, Mr. Peter Iyaituk, and expressed my concerns. I included information about the Royal Commission in Australia and also an article about the harmful effects of the JW shunning practices that will damage families and disrupt traditional values of their community.
I hope that Mr. Iyaituk takes the time to read the articles I sent him.
I have not been able to confirm my suspicions...but, I have this niggling thought that the JW campaigns into remote areas, and their translation efforts, are being subsidized or sponsored in some way by government agencies. Or, at the very least, these campaigns are being used for political and/or tax exemption clout. Something just isn't sitting right with me...