I recently received notice of the following:
Press Conference TOMORROW: ALL ARE WELCOME. The bigger the presence, the bigger the impact.
When : Wednesday June 29 at 11 am.,
Where : In front of 175 Main Street, Ottawa, ON
Who : Inuit elder Piita Irnik, residential school survivor and Lieve Halsberghe, Belgian Human Right Activist
Why: It is inappropriate that Oblates of Mary Immaculate are celebrating bicentenary, when they are hiding both perpetrators and truth from their victims of child sexual abuse
Visual : Lifeline in photographs of Marius Tungilik, deceased victim of fugitive Oblate Joannes Rivoire, for whom there is an RCMP arrest warrant
From the Yukon to Nova Scotia, in Canada, the Oblates ran over 60 % of the residential schools. The most notorious Oblate residential school with regards to child abuse, was St. Anne's in Fort Albany Ontario.The Truth and Reconciliation Commission concluded that the schools were no less than a "cultural genocide". In many schools and orphanages in the US rampant abuse by Oblate brothers and priests and some lay people who worked under their supervision have also caused deep trauma in entire communities. The Oblates are not willing to reveal the truth about what happened, a truth that is essential for the healing of the survivors and their families and the families of the many that died as a consequence of severe trauma.
Instead, the Oblates, and there expensive lawyers, are fiercely fighting those extremely brave victims who dare to speak up about what has happened. They are spending many millions in court cases trying to prevent justice from happening. They refuse to hand over the documents that would make justice possible and hide the perpetrators in others countries.
Joannis Rivoire, omi, is wanted by the RCMP since 1998 for sexual violence of minors in Nunavut. The warrant is still valid. But he has been living in a posh monastery in France, enjoying the occasional hunt. One of his victims, Inuit leader Marius Tungilik, was haunted by this man his whole life, ever since Rivoire abused him as a young boy. Marius could not live with the pain any longer. He passed away in 2012.
In view of this all, we want to protest against the festivities of this Oblates in this year of their bicentennial. It is inappropriate to celebrate and it is inappropriate to claim "200 years of selfless service to the poor and the most abandoned", as they do on youtube!
Contact for texting : +32 475 910 918 (Lieve Halsberghe)
To learn more about me, please read : The woman who took on the church, and won - Nunatsiaq News