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French priest accused of sexually assaulting Inuit youngsters dies


Joannes Rivoire was sought by Canada for sexually abusing Inuit youngsters greater than 30 years in the past however prevented extradition and prosecution. He died in a nursing house France at age 93, after a protracted sickness.

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A French priest sought by Canada for sexually abusing Inuit youngsters greater than 30 years in the past however who prevented extradition and prosecution has died, a Catholic missionary group stated Friday.

Within the Canadian north, priest Joannes Rivoire’s case stays emblematic of the impunity of sexual abusers within the Church. The Oblates of Mary Immaculate confirmed in an e-mail to Agence France-Presse (AFP) that Rivoire, who lived in France, died on Thursday, April 11, after a protracted sickness. He was 93.

“We acknowledge that this information can be tough for a lot of to obtain, particularly for the survivors and their households who advocated for him to face justice in Canada,” stated the assertion. “We sincerely remorse that regardless of all their efforts, Rivoire by no means made himself out there and can by no means face the fees that had been laid towards him. We additional remorse that efforts for him to be formally eliminated as a priest had been unsuccessful.”

Rivoire spent three a long time as a missionary in Canada’s far north however left the nation in 1993. He was the topic of an arrest warrant between 1998 and 2017 for the sexual abuse of three minors. A brand new warrant was issued in 2022 and an Inuit delegation later traveled to the Vatican to ask Pope Francis to personally intervene within the case.

It was hoped the pontiff would press Rivoire to return to Canada to face trial or face prosecution in France. Rivoire denied the allegations and a Canadian extradition request was denied by France. Marc Miller, who was Canada’s Crown-Indigenous relations minister on the time, stated it was “heartbreaking to see this grave injustice proceed.”

A fee led by a Quebec superior court docket justice concluded final month that on the “preponderance of proof,” Rivoire was responsible of sexually assaulting 5 youngsters in Naujaat, Nunavut, between 1968 and 1970, and one baby in Arviat and Whale Cove, Nunavut, between 1974 and 1979.

Piita Irniq, who spent three a long time looking for justice for Rivoire’s victims together with a childhood good friend, informed AFP he was “upset that Canada wasn’t in a position to get him again right here to face trial for his horrific crimes towards Inuit youngsters.”

“He left a legacy of intimidation, concern and horror for his victims, and now the individuals he abused in Nunavut within the Sixties and Seventies should begin a complete new therapeutic course of,” he stated.

Steven Mapsalak, a sufferer who was a part of an Inuit delegation that traveled to France and confronted Rivoire, informed AFP: “I informed him in my very own language that he did actually dangerous issues to me and I felt that I used to be at the least owed from him an apology. I by no means received it,” he stated. “I am glad that he is gone. He was an asshole and a liar. Good riddance.”

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