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For two years, the Inuit have been working closely with the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), trying to convince authorities that Rev. Johannes Rivoire must return to Canada to face trial for accusations of sexual assault of Inuit youth from his time working in Nunavut in the 1960s and 70s.  A late February announcement from the Vatican – that Catholic leaders ruled against dismissing Father Rivoire from the Oblates, which ran 48 Indian residential schools – was disastrous. It effectively blew up the foundations of any bridges Inuit were building, writes Globe and Mail columnist Tanya Talaga.

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Globe & Mail

Publication Date

March 14, 2024