Catholic Church spent millions on lawyers, administrations, a private fundraising company, and loans, that were meant for residential school survivors. Catholic Church made public claims regarding the money they paid to survivors. However, there seem to be a lot of discrepancies. “There are also a large number of serious accounting discrepancies that are alarming to Canada.”
Catholic Church spent millions that were meant for Residential School Survivors
None of the other churches (Anglican, United, and Presbyterian) engaged in any of these practices. They paid the full amounts. On a hearing in 2015, Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Neil Gabrielson approved a controversial buyout proposal and closed the case. Therefore, the Catholic Church never justified its activity legally.
Survivors are advocates who are horrified and call for the officials to hold the Catholic Church accountable. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, a former Saskatchewan provincial court judge and director of the University of British Columbia’s Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre in Vancouver, said: “This is unbelievably, absolutely gross. It’s completely wrong. How could anyone do something like this?” However, the official said Canada’s bishops would continue engaging and listening. She clarified the “historic delegation” will be traveling this December to the Vatican.
The delegation plans to ask Pope Francis to visit Canada and issue a residential school apology. It was a call that Indigenous leaders, some bishops, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission made years ago.
According to the factum, the Catholic Church has breached its obligations in the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. Besides a failed $25-million fundraising campaign, the church had to pay $29 million in cash with strict criteria for its use. The church could also meet its final $25-million commitment with “in-kind services.”
Before the hearing, the Catholic Church lawyer, Gordon J. Kuski, asked for an adjournment, and Gabrielson granted it for one month. He also approached federal lawyer Alexander Gay with a settlement offer.