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Toronto Star - 18 November 2013
Canada let priest Eric Dejaeger flee to Belgium amid sex abuse charges: Official

A former priest who this week is to face 76 sex charges involving Inuit children may have been tried years ago but for a quiet nod from Canada that allowed him to leave the country, says a church leader.


IQALUIT, NUNAVUT—A former priest who this week is to face 76 sex charges involving Inuit children may have been tried years ago but for a quiet nod from Canada that allowed him to leave the country, says a church leader.

Georges Vervust is the top official with the Belgian Oblates, an order of Catholic priests that sent Eric Dejaeger to several communities in what is now Nunavut.

Vervust sheds light on questions that have troubled Dejaeger’s alleged victims for nearly a decade: How was a man facing child abuse charges allowed to leave the country days before his trial? And why did it take so long for him to be returned?

“What I have heard is that he got advice from people from the Justice Department, off the record, that he should leave,” Vervust said in a Belgian documentary. He confirmed his comments to The Canadian Press.

Dejaeger’s trial beginning Monday includes allegations from Feb. 19, 1995, when he was originally charged with three counts of indecent assault and three counts of buggery, a charge no longer in the Criminal Code. They relate to his time as a priest in the community of Igloolik between 1978 and 1982.

Dejaeger has pleaded not guilty and will be tried by judge alone. There was no preliminary hearing in the case, as the accused waived his right to one.

In 1995, Dejaeger had just completed a five-year sentence, most of it served in a halfway house and on probation, on 11 counts of sexual assault and indecent assault against children in Baker Lake, where he was posted after Igloolik.

He was scheduled to return to court on the Igloolik charges on June 13, 1995, but never showed. By then, he was in Europe.

An arrest warrant was immediately issued, but the disgraced priest was able to live quietly in Oblate communities in France and Belgium until he was returned in early 2011.

Internal Oblate reports obtained by The Canadian Press show that Dejaeger was planning to leave Canada almost right away.

On March 26, 1995, five weeks after the Igloolik charges were laid, he wrote Oblate officials in Belgium proposing a return. On April 20, 1995, he was invited to come back.

Some in the order knew Dejaeger was planning to leave, including his superior Jean-Paul Isabelle.

“He had finished his sentence,” said Isabelle in 2011. “They gave him back his passport.

“I didn’t agree with him leaving. I told him, ‘Well, I don’t want to know anything about this. But when you get to wherever you’re going, here’s a code that we’re going to use to let me know where you are.’”

With Belgian and Canadian passports in hand, Dejaeger left. The Oblates were informed on June 20, 1995, that he had arrived in Belgium.

A few weeks later, an Oblate in Canada wrote Dejaeger telling him he was home free.

“It seems to me that they (Canada) will do nothing unless you come to Canada.”

Vervust suggested Canada seemed glad to be rid of him.

“People from the police and his lawyer told him, ‘Get out of here. As long as you don’t come back to Canada there is not a problem.’ And that’s what he did,” said Vervust in the documentary.

He made similar comments in a 2010 letter to fellow Oblates in which he said “people of the Canadian courts” told Dejaeger unofficially that he should leave the country and never return. The cases were old, said Vervust’s Dutch-language letter.

Dejaeger “left Canada without any problem.”

In an email to The Canadian Press, Vervust said: “I heard that Eric was told — off the record — to leave Canada by some persons of the police and his lawyer and some Oblates.

“At that time it was thought that was the best thing to do. With hindsight, it turns out to have been a mistake.”

Justice Canada has declined comment.

“As extradition requests are confidential communications, we can neither confirm, nor deny, the existence of an extradition request in this matter,” said an official in response to a 2010 query about the Dejaeger case.

The Canadian Press could not reach Dejaeger’s lawyer for comment.

An access to information request on Dejaeger was almost entirely redacted except for news reports.

Dejaeger’s lawyer in 1995, John Scurfield, died in 2009.

Pierre Rousseau was Justice Canada’s regional director for the Northwest Territories, which then included Nunavut, from 1992 to 1998. He said he wasn’t involved with decisions around Dejaeger’s 1995 trial, but added it wouldn’t have been considered an unusual case.

“You wouldn’t believe how it was at the time,” he said in a recent interview. “We were dealing with hundreds of serious cases. It was very difficult.”

In Baker Lake alone, there were two other major sexual assault trials. One involved an Anglican priest and another involved 17 men and the abuse of a mentally disabled girl.

“We were understaffed,” said Rousseau. “When I remember those days, for every Crown, it was quite an ordeal.”

Dejaeger’s charges didn’t stand out, Rousseau said. The number of counts against him didn’t balloon until the late 1990s, when more alleged victims from Igloolik began coming forward. New charges were still being laid after his return to Canada.

In the end, it was an immigration violation, not an extradition order, that brought him back to face the charges he ran away from 18 years ago.

Dejaeger was eventually returned in January 2011 when a Belgian journalist realized that Dejaeger had lost his Belgian citizenship in 1977 when he became a naturalized Canadian. He had been living in Belgium since 1995 without a visa and was kicked out.

Toronto Star - Aug 24, 1989
Priest faces 7 sex charges in N.W.T.

RCMP say [Eric Dejaeger] has been a priest in Baker Lake, 600 kilometres (370 miles) northeast of Yellowknife near Hudson's Bay, for the past 10 years.

Toronto Star - Apr 7, 1990

BAKER LAKE, N.W.T. (CP) - A Roman Catholic priest has been sentenced to five years in prison on sexual assault charges. Rev. Eric Dejaeger, 42, pleaded guilty to nine charges of sexual assaulting youths. The Belgian-born priest was charged last August. The offences occurred between 1983 and 1987 at Baker Lake, a remote Inuit village 600 (360 miles) kilometres northeast of Yellowknife.

CBC News - Nov 25, 2010
Fugitive Canadian priest still free in Belgium

Canada has yet to file extradition request: official

Canada hasn't formally asked Belgium to extradite a Roman Catholic priest back to Nunavut, where he is wanted for alleged sex crimes against children dating back to the late-1970s, CBC News has learned.

Belgian officials say Canada has yet to file a formal extradition request for Rev. Eric Dejaeger, a Canadian who resurfaced in September after having lived in Belgium for the past 15 years.

Dejaeger, 63, is on Interpol's list of wanted fugitives for "crimes against children," based on an arrest warrant issued by the Nunavut Court of Justice in 2002.

He is wanted on six charges — three counts of indecent assault on a male and three counts of buggery — related to alleged incidents between 1978 and 1982 in Igloolik, a remote Arctic community in what is now Nunavut.

"At this moment, we haven't received a formal extradition request from the Canadian government," Bart Ouvry, a spokesman with Belgium's Foreign Affairs Ministry, told CBC News on Wednesday from Brussels.

Talks in progress

However, Ouvry said both countries are in informal discussions about Dejaeger's possible return to Canada.

"Contacts are ongoing on the possibility of such an extradition request," he said, noting that Dejaeger's case is "relatively complicated."

"We had the question of nationality, whether he was a Belgian national or not. We now have established that he is not a national. And of course, some of the cases on which an extradition request is based are not very recent," Ouvry explained.

"Taking into regard those two factors, I think it's normal that we take some time."

Canadian justice officials have refused to discuss Dejaeger's case to date, saying extradition requests are confidential matters.

In September, Dejaeger contacted Belgian justice authorities and was questioned by police in the city of Leuven.

But because he was not wanted on any charges in Belgium, and because there was no standing extradition request from Canada, the Belgian authorities released him.

"He appears to be in Belgium, but there are no grounds at this stage for him to be in custody in Belgium," Ouvry said.

Previously convicted
Days after Dejaeger was released, Nunavut RCMP said Canadian and Belgian justice officials, along with Crown prosecutors in Iqaluit, are aiming extradite him.

Dejaeger was convicted in 1990 of multiple sex crimes against children in Baker Lake, another Nunavut community, between 1982 and 1989. He was sentenced to five years in prison, but was released early.

Dejaeger fled Canada in 1995 when new charges surfaced against him, according to an investigation by the Belgian newspaper DeMorgen.

Around the time that Dejaeger was released in September, Belgium's Foreign Affairs Ministry publicly stated that the priest, who was born in that country, no longer had Belgian citizenship because he became a Canadian citizen in 1977.

The Belgian ministry also said Dejaeger did not inform authorities there that he had become a Canadian citizen, adding that he gave "false information about his nationality" to Belgian consular officials in Canada.

Oblate Fathers of the Hudson Bay Vicariate, 1987 - Eskimos
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...other assignments, etc. On the other hand, he was happy to ordain three Oblates now working among the Inuit: Patrick Lorand (Jan. 7, 1978, at Ottawa), Eric DeJaeger (May 28, 1978, Belgium) and Louis Legare (June 8,...

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22.30 Glaubenszeichen: Ein einsames Leben Eric Dejaeger Missionar am Nordpol.[/QUOTE]

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A lonely life
Between the 60th and the 80th Latitude is the coldest parish church in the world, the Diocese of Churchill - Hudson Bay. Of the Inuit , who live in scattered settlements around 6000 profess Catholicism. Eric Dejaeger , a native of Flame , is a missionary in this geographical boundary of mankind. For it is the § limit of the human mission , the heart, the soul of man. "
30 years ago the nomadic clans of the Caribou Eskimos were made sedentary by order of the Government of Canada , in shacks . This repugnant to the habits of the Eskimos so much that Baker Lake , has this artificial village to fight in the geographical center of Canada, today with social difficulties. Dejaegers mission is dedicated to pastoral care in prisons and slums. He has to deal with the " blessings " of American civilization : alcoholism, gambling and drug addiction. In the small Mission Office of Eric Dejaeger is the suggestion box for all Eskimos, who no longer want to be alone with their concerns . Dejaeger the solitude of shares in the ice with the Eskimos , their hobbies - Huskies - and their everyday life, which revolves around fish , fox and reindeer. " I came here as a priest . I just wanted to live with the people . After a few months I realized that they needed a priest. And so I became a priest . "

Cast and Characters
Writer and Director - Marcel Bauer
Camera - Charles Lavack
Camera Assistant - Bryan Sanders
Sound - Leon Johnson
Editing - Bim Hansen
Production Manager - Renata Sladkowski
Lab - ABC Studios
Starring - Eric Dejaeger
Editorial - Anton Fellner, Gebariel Nissim
Producer - Jürgen Haase

19.12.1989, from 17.30 clock ORF
30 min
16 mm - Negative - Color

Is this writer the same man?

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Lord of Asses
Eric Dejaeger

Maelstrom (Editions), Aug 1, 2010 to 109 pages

Who is this lord of asses? Ronny Serpin, the most terrible that education had and which claims to have put a dozen teachers in student depression? Charles Dumortier, a retired teacher who does not really manage to extricate themselves from the thirty-seven years of blackboard? Henri Gelker who drags his sacred fire from school to school without really happen to put the fire? Unless it's not a master of donkeys, as Amélie Dumortier which must be green and not ripe to his students ... After City of wilted flowers and nice hero Eric Dejaeger revisit what remains of the school, a place where anything can happen, where the day is never the extension of today. The school, the entity that scares half of young teachers during their first five years of their career. We must not sink into the head box of chalk: over the past fifteen years, the teaching profession has become increasingly difficult. The author does not tell us here what it is today but it will be if the deviations (cunningly called "reforms") such as teachers know them repeatedly since the last major strikes of 1995 continue. It also seemed that the future he describes in this book is much closer quickly as he had expected. Teacher, the best job in the world?

Igloolik Community

Oblates who served the mission:
Fr. Jean Dufour, 1958-1961
Fr. Fransen, 1958-1959
Fr. Joannis Rivoire, 1960-1964
Fr. Roberge, 1960-1962
Fr. Franz Van de Velde, 1965-1968
Fr. Georges Lorson, 1966-1967
Br. Lucien Parent, 1967-68
Fr. Robert Lechat, 1972-86, 2001-present
Fr. Erik Dejaeger, 1978-1981
Fr. Louis Legare, 1986
Fr. Adam Filas, 1991
Fr. Joseph Meeus, 1991-2001
Fr. Bogdan Osiecki, 1999-2001
Fr. Tony Krotki, 1991-93, 2001-present

In the early seventies, at a time when the majority of Inuit were already gathered in villages and when the sometimes regrettable consequences of that concentration began to be felt, Fr. Louis Fournier OMI had the idea of establishing a camp, somewhat distant from Igloolik, so that a few families or individuals could come and spend a few weeks or months. The camp could also become a retreat center. It had to be located in an area of abundant game so that the campers could live off of the hunt.
Fr. Fournier set up a camp at Ikpik, on Baffin Land, about 250 kilometers east of Igloolik, in the spring of 1973. He spent there five winters, two of them all alone. During other three years from one to three families and several youths resided with him. In the course of the last winter many groups came there from Igloolik to take part in retreats under priest’s direction. Because of illness Fr. Fournier was obliged to leave the camp in 1978.
Ikpik remained unoccupied but attracting attention. In 1985 the Inuit Youth International Camp was held there.

Baker Lake Community

Oblates who served the mission:
Fr. Georges Lorson, 1952-54, 1957-58
Fr. Charles Choque, 1952-1963
Fr. Rogatien Papion, 1955-1957
Fr. Rigaud, 1954 -1955
Fr. Ernest Trinel, 1957-1958
Fr. Erik Deajeger, 1982-1988
Fr. Louis Legare
Fr. Greg Oszust 2002-2003
Fr. Martin Moran 2004-

Foundation of the mission

The mission of Baker Lake was founded in 1927. It was built on the west bank of the lake with wood initially bought to build the Pond Inlet mission. Nascopie - the ship of Hudson’s Bay Company - changed its schedule and material was unloaded in Chesterfield Inlet, from were was transported to Baker Lake. The construction progressed despite bad weather conditions, thanks to the zeal of Oblate Fathers Marcel Rio (1899 - 1992) and Armand Clabaut (1900 - 66). Three years later Fr. Rio bought some abandoned buildings from the Dominion Explorers, moved them to the north shore of the lake, approximately where the new mission built in 1957 stands today. The nucleus of the local Catholic commumnity was formed by few families living around the Kazan River and at the entrance to Baker Lake.

Tragic challenges of the missions
It may be somehow romantic to imagine missionaries traveling hundreds of miles through the vastness of the North, accompanied by the Inuit guides or alone, visiting camp, fishing and hunting just like the Inuit. But reality not always confirmed that image. The missions witnessed many dramatic moments during their history. In 1934 Fr. Rio, returning from missionary trip in the Paddle region, learned of disappearance of Fr. Honorat Pigeon OMI in the vicinity of Chesterfield. Fr. Pigeon was returning on foot from his ministerial voyage; his body was never found. Nine years later mission of Baker Lake witnessed another drama - Fr. Antonin Mouchard OMI, exhausted by the famine shared in the Kazan camps, had lost his mind and had to be evacuated.

Iqaluit Community

Oblates who served the mission:
Fr. Robert Paradis, 1960-1963
Fr. Georges Lorson, 1961-1962
Fr. Roberge, 1962-1963
Fr. Jean Dufour, 1962-68, 1991-95
Fr. Roland Courtemanche, 1968-1972,
Fr. Bernard Fransen, 1972
Fr. Joseph Meeus, 1972-1975
Fr. Ernest Trinel, 1980
Fr. Joseph Choque, 1974-1979
Fr. Patrick Lorand, 1982-1986
Fr. Frank Kuczera, 2001-2002
Fr. Greg Oszust, 2003-present

Also served the mission in Iqaluit:

Fr. Andrew Macbeth, from the Archdiocese of Toronto, 1988-1991
Fr. Robert Sprott OFM, 1996-1997
Fr. Frederick A. Homann SJ, 1997-2000

Facing great world...

It is worthy of notice that somehow special position of Iqaluit introduced new element into missionary life of whoever had served this community - meetings with visiting dignitaries. Father Roland Courtemanche OMI had a honor to meet there the Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau and the Minister of Northern Affairs Jean Chretien. And in July 1970, sitting beside the Prince Charles at the banquet honoring the Royal Family - Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip and Princess Anne, visiting Iqaluit, Fr. Courtemanche was invited to say grace.

Prince Philip in the North 1954

Rare footage of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, touring the Northwest Territories in Northern Canada in 1954 by Canso airplane, visiting Inuit settlements. This historical footage shows the means of transportation that was used to get members of the royal family to the furthest reaches of Canada in those early days. Mike Zubko of Aklavik Flying Services and one of his float planes are in this footage. Also note Wardair float plane.

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Eric Dejaeger

While Eric Dejaeger was a priest in the community of Igloolik in Canada, between 1978 and 1982, he allegedly had sex with a large number of Inuit children.

In 1995, the Canadian authorities knew of Dejaeger's alleged crimes but reportedly allowed him to escape from Canada to his native Belgium just days before he was due to stand trial.

In 1990, Dejaeger had been briefly jailed on separate charges of sexually molesting children in Baker Lake.

Canada let priest Eric Dejaeger flee to Belgium amid sex abuse charges: Official

Georges Vervust is the top official with the Belgian Oblates, an order of Catholic priests that supervised Dejaeger.

In a Belgian documentary, Vervust says of Dejaeger: "What I have heard is that he got advice from people from the Justice Department, off the record, that he should leave."

Dejaeger is now back in Canada.

On 1 October 2012 Father Eric Dejaeger entered not guilty pleas to all 76 charges against him. His trial starts on 18 November 2013.

On December 29, 1996 the UK's Sunday Times reported:

"Five witnesses came forward last week and described how black masses were held, at which children were killed in front of audiences said to have included prominent members of Belgian society...

"The tentacles...appear to have stretched beyond the borders of Belgium to Holland, Germany and even America ...

"Police have long suspected that Dutroux, a convicted paedophile, was part of an international network which abducted children, sexually abused them and then killed them..."

"The case of the stolen children in an orphanage in Canada has already been addressed in an article on the genocide of the Indians...

"Three survivors of the orphanages said they witnessed the abduction of ten children by the Queen of England...

"The first of these witnesses died quickly after speaking, and the last survivor, William Combes, died in February 2011 before he could testify at a trial...

"Combes, who was 12 at the time, recalls: 'I remember it was weird because we all kiss the feet of the queen, shoes with white laces. After a while, the queen left the picnic with ten children from the school, seven boys and three girls aged 6 to 14 years ...and those children never returned.'

(verdict is reached February 25, 2013 after a month of deliberation by more than thirty jurors.)
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1983 While Dejaeger was operating in Nunavut. A politician was working the mines in Quebec.

Prince George Citizen - 28 March 1983
Gregoire's position in jeopardy

Parti Quebecois national assembly member Gilles Gregoire may be asked to leave the causcus following his arrest Friday on charges of "sexual immorality" with seven girls between the ages of 12 and 17.

The 56-year-old backbencher pleaded not guilty in juvenile court several hours after being arrested at his national assembly office.

Jean-Thomas Tremblay, president of the PQ executive in Gregoire's Eastern Townships riding of Frontenac, said a call for his expulsion from the party caucus will be issued this weekend in Montreal, where the party is holding an economic symposium.

Gregoire, one of the earliest members of the Parti Quebecois, was charged with "sexual immorality with minors of the female sex" under Quebec's Youth Protection Act.

A Quebec City police spokesman said the seven offences allegedly took place between September, 1982, and January, 1983, in Quebec City and suburban Vanier. He said the investigation began after police received a complaint from the parents of one of the girls.

Juvenile Court Judge Rodolphe Roy imposed three conditions on Gregoire's release: He is not not communicate with the girls involved or their parents; not to communicate with any minors unaccompanied by their parents; and he must report to police once a week.

His trial was set for May 3. Juvenile court proceedings are closed to the press.

Following his appearance, Gregoire told reporters he thought he was being framed, adding he had hired a private detective six weeks ago to try to prove it.

Gregoire, who is married, has represented the asbestos-mining region since 1976. He first entered politics in 1962, winning election to the House of Commons as a Social Credit MP.

He later became leader of the Ralliement national, a Quebec independence group which merged with a movement led by Premier Rene Levesque to form the Parti Quebecois in 1968.

He was credited with giving the Parti Quebecois its name and served as vice-president - under Levesque - from 1968 to 1972.

Spokesmen for the premier said he had no comment about the matter Friday, but other sources said Levesque became angry when he was given the news during a dinner with economic symposium participants.

Prince George Citizen - 30 March 1983
Gregoire stays out of caucus

QUEBEC (CP) - Gilles Gregoire, Parti Quebecois member for Frontenca, will not sit in the national assembly pending the outcome of his trial in May on charges of committing immoral sexual acts with seven girls aged 12 to 17.

Gregoire, 56, announced his voluntary withdrawal from the PQ caucus in a letter to government Whip Jacques Brassard.

In the letter, Gregoire protested his innocence, saying: "I have the firm intention to prove there is no basis for the accusations."

But he said he is withdrawing from causcus until his trial in juvenile court May 3. "because of professional ethics, and to better assure my defence and not place my colleagues in an embarrassing situation."

Prince George Citizen - 25 May 1983
Reporters banned from Gregoire trial

QUEBEC (CP) - Quebec juvenile court Judge Andre Sirois today expelled reporters from the trial of Quebec national assembly member Gilles Gregoire, who faces seven counts of committing immoral acts with seven minors.

Sirois said he objected to what he called "pornographic" media reports dealing with testimony given on Tuesday, the opening day of the trial.

Gregoire, 57, faces a maximum prison sentence of two years for each charge, a $500 fine for each count, or both.

In 1968, he cofounded the Parti Quebecois with now Premier Rene Levesque and was part vice-president from 1968 to 1972.

Prince George Citizen - 20 June 1983
Gregoire planning to appeal


Prince George Citizen - 24 June 1983
Appeal launched


Prince George Citizen - 15 July 1983
Gregoire sentenced to jail

QUEBEC (CP) - Handcuffed to a plain-clothes pliceman, national assembly member Gilles Gregoire was driven to Orsainville jail Thursday to serve two years less a day for committing immoral acts with juvenile girls.

Gregoire, 57, who sat as an independent after being kicked out of the Parti Quebecois caucus following his conviction last month, was also given fines totaling $2,900.

One of the charges of which Gregoire was found guilty involved a 12-year-old girl. Juvenile court judge Andre Sirois gave him a two-year-less-a-day sentence on that count, plus a $500 fine.

Gregoire also received 12-month sentences - as well as $400 fines - for each of the six other counts, to be served concurrently with the first count.

Gregoire, who has represented the Eastern Townships riding of Frontenac in the national assembly since 1976, has the option of spending three extra months in prison instead of paying each of the fines.

Gregoire and Premier Rene Levesque cofounded the PQ in 1968, and Gregoire is credited with giving the party its name.

Pierre Gaudreau, Gregoire's lawyer, said he thought the sentence was "severe" and added he would be trying to get Gregoire out of jail pending an appeal of the verdict.

In his sentencing, Sirois said Gregoire deserved a harsh sentence.

"The court must not forget the seriousness of the fact for an adult to incite adolescent girls to delinquency, even if they are already in a dubious state of morality," he said.

"Indeed, it must be remembered that following these incidents, three of the young girls gave themselves over to blackmail, one to fraud and two to nude dancing.

"There is no doubt in the mind of the bench that the accused initiated seven young juvenile girls to prostitution. He clearly showed them that it can be gainful for a person to sell her body for the sexual pleasure of another party."

The judge noted it is not the first time Grgoire has been found guilty of such an offence. In 1980, he was fined $300 on each of two similar charges.

Technically, Gregoire does not have to resign his seat even though he has received a prison sentence. He would lose it automatically only if convicted under the Criminal Code and given more than two years in prison. Instead he was charged under the Juvenile Delinquents Act.

Nevertheless, when the verdict was handed down last month, Levesque asked Gregoire to resign. He refused and announced he would leave the PQ and sit as an independent.

Prince George Citizen - 18 July 1983
Mixed feeling on Gregoire


Prince George Citizen - 28 July 1983
Gregoire won't quit


Prince George Citizen - 28 July 1983
Gregoire scandal sparks pedophilia debate

Prince George Citizen - 2 August 1983
Gregoire's resignation sought

BLACK LAKE, Que. (CP) - After deciding what to do about leaky water mains and next winter's snow removal, municipal councilors in this asbestos mining town voted unanimously Monday to demand the resignation of their Quebec national assembly member.

In a 10-point resolution they accused Gilles Gregoire - sentenced last month for having sexual relations with under-aged girls - of neglecting the interests of Frontenac riding which has been swept by layoffs and economic hardships because of falling demand for asbestos fibre.

"We have not seen Mr. Gregoire in the riding for several months," the resolution said, adding Frontenac now needs more than ever an elected provincial representative "free of all constraints" to back its interests.

An identical resolution also passed Monday in nearby Disraeli, a country market town of 3,000. Councilors in Thetford Mines will examine the resolution next week.

Gregoire, 57, was sentenced to two years less one day in jail and fined a total of $2,900 after his conviction on seven counts of sexual immorality with girls aged 12 to 17. He could be released on parole after eight months - a third of his sentence. However, he can retain his national assembly seat because he was convicted under the Juvenile Delinquents Act, not under the Criminal Code.

Gregoire, a former federal Social Credit MP, was a founder of the Parti Quebecois and was re-elected in Frontenac with a strong majority in 1981. He quit the PQ caucus to sit as an independent after being charged.

In the meantime, said Black Lake Mayor Gorges-Henri Cloutier, unemployment in the region has topped 22 per cent, largely due to layoffs at two asbestos mines nationalized by the Quebec government. Black Lake has a population of about 6,000.

"It would take a political decision to get things moving again," Cloutier told the seven assembled councilors and about 15 residents. "But with a national assembly member behind bars, residents can't hope to put much pressure on Quebec.

"We probably would not be doing this if he wasn't in jail," the mayor told reporters later. "This is a socio-economic question, not a moral one. It would be hypocritical to judge him on morals."

Prince George Citizen - 11 August 1983
Gregoire pressure increases

MONTREAL (CP) - Pressure on Gilles Gregoire to resign from the Quebec national assembly mounted Wednesday when 24 of 28 mayors in asbestos mining municipalities in his Eastern Townships riding adopted a resolution demanding he step down.

The independent member for Frontenac was sentenced last month to two years less a day in jail and fined a total of $2,900 after being found guilty of immoral sexual acts with seven minor girls.

Gregoire, who was convicted under the Juvenile Delinquents Act, does not have to resign because he was not convicted under the Criminal Code and sentenced to more than two years in prison.

The four mayors who refused to vote on the resolution, passed during a meeting of the Municipalite regionale de comte de l'amiante (an organization of towns in Quebec's asbestos mining region), said their councilors had not been officially consulted on the question.

They also said they feared Gregoire's resignation would deprive them of "the excellent services provided by the member's secretaries."

In addition to asking for Gregoire's resignation, the resolution also requests a temporary representative for the riding in the national assembly.

Gregoire, 57, has also been asked to resign by the towns of Black Lake, Coleraine, Disraeli, Thetford Mines and south Thetford, also in Frontenac riding.

Gregoire, who could be released when one-third - or eight months - of his sentence is served, has refused to resign until he has exhausted all avenues of judicial appeal.

Prince George Citizen - 16 August 1983
Gregoire keeps job

QUEBEC (CP) - Premier Rene Levesque says he will not call the Quebec national assembly into special session to force the resignation of Gilles Gregoire, the former Parti Quebecois back-bencher convicted June 17 on sexual immorality charges.

Levesque made the comment in a letter to Liberal member Hermann Mathieu, who complained two weeks ago that Gregoire's riding of Frontenac, which is adjacent to Mathieu's Beauce-Sud riding, was suffering because it didn't have an active assembly member.

A copy of Levesque's reply was made public Monday.

Gregoire has refused to resign, although he left the PQ caucus and is listed as an independent. He's now serving his sentence at Orsainville jail near Quebec City.

Mathieu had sought a special sitting to amend a which allows a member to retain his seat unless convicted of a criminal offence carrying a penalty of more than two years.

Gregoire was sentenced to two years less a day on seven charges of sexual immorality under the Juvenile Delinquents Act for sexual activities with minors.

Prince George Citizen - 16 November 1983
Gregoire beaten in prison

QUEBEC (CP) - Gilles Gregoire, a member of the national assembly serving two years less a day for sexual offences with juvenile girls, has complained about being beaten in his prison cell this month by two inmates.

Gregoire told his lawyer, Pierre Gaudrault, he was punched in the face several times by two masked men who entered his cell at nearby Orsainville prison Nov. 4.

But his lawyer said Gregoire was not seriously injured.

Gregoire, a former Creditiste member of Parliament and a founder of the Parti Quebecois, is listed as an independent after being drummed out of the PQ caucus following his conviction.

Prince George Citizen - 27 December 1983
Gregoire to lose pay while in jail


Prince George Citizen - 18 May 1984
Gregoire 'should resign'

THETFORD MINES, Que. (CP) - A coalition representing about 1,500 women in the riding of Frontenac is demanding that convicted sex offender Gilles Gregoire resign his Quebec national assembly seat because they say his presence there is an insult to women.

"We don't want to hang him, we just don't want him to represent us," said Liliane Pare of the Groupe des femme pour le depart de Gilles Gregoire.

Pare said the 28 groups which form the ad hoc coalition, including nurses, teachers and the local chapter of the Confederation of National Trade Unions, will make themselves heard "to signify that he's not wanted or accepted here."

Gregoire, released on parole March 28 after serving nine months in Orsainville jail near Quebec City, was sentenced to two years less a day last July for engaging in sex with seven juvenile girls.

"We are shocked and hurt that the assembly does not prevent him from coming back, but we will," said Renee Gilbert, who speaks for 300 area women in the Centrale de l'enseignement du Quebec, the province's largest teacher's federation.

"His crimes touches women; it's an insult to women," Gilbert said Wednesday in a telephone interview.

Gregoire has said he would resign his seat if residents wanted him to. Since his release, he has not yet taken returned to the legislature.

Gregoire quit the Parti Quebecois he co-founded in 1968 to sit as an independent after her was charged last June.

Prince George Citizen - 6 June 1984
Gregoire story told

QUEBEC (CP) - Gilles Gregoire, independent member of the Quebec national assembly and convicted sex offender, said Tuesday that a young girl who testified against him last year danced nude for several judges and lawyers at a party a few month before.

Taking his assembly seat for the first time since he was sentenced to jail last July, Gregoire obtained the unanimous consent of the assembly to table an 85-page document in which he recounts his experience.

Gregoire was paroled in March after serving nine months of a sentence of two years less a day for having sex with seven juvenile girls.

One of the girls testified in camera at his trial that two months before meeting him, she and several other girls danced before an audience of judges, lawyers and businessmen at the Loews Le Concorde hotel in downtown Quebec City, Gregoire says.

"How is it that a bunch of judges and lawyers were able with impunity to watch a show of young juvenile girls undressing and dancing nude?" asks the member for the riding of Frontenac and a co-founder of the Parti Quebecois.

"Let's not be hypocrites. Even they have the right to have a party.

"But she was a minor and she was paid for it. She was therefore led into delinquency by the law, which was what I was accused of doing with her six months later."

The document, entitled A Document of Public Interest on the Administration of Justice, is a rambling account of his trial, his defence and his "reflections and questions" on the events surrounding his conviction.

Gregoire says he is speaking out under his parliamentary immunity because the judge ordered the case held behind closed doors "and I find I am unable to defend myself before public opinion and point out the falsehoods, threats, and irregularities that surrounded my trial."

Gregoire says he began receiving threats the moment he hired a lawyer.

The document alleges that his lawyer, Pierre Guadreau, was threatened by a top-level bureaucrat who warned him that his law firm would lose a $100,000 contract if he took on Gregoire's case.

Gregoire says he informed then-justice minister Andre Bedard of that threat.

In a long chapter called My Defence, Gregoire tells how in January 1983, he began receiving calls from young girls who threatened to tell police about his relations with them unless he paid them $1,500.

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CBC News - 18 November 2013
Eric Dejaeger, Catholic priest, pleads guilty to sex charges

Case relates to Eric Dejaeger's time as a priest in Igloolik between 1978-82

Disgraced priest Eric Dejaeger has pleaded guilty in an Iqaluit courtroom to eight of 76 sex-related charges involving Inuit children.

The eight charges Dejaeger, 66, entered pleas on are all for indecent assault against male victims.

The trial will go ahead on the 68 other charges. With dozens of witnesses, it's expected to last about six weeks.

Dejaeger looked solemn in the courtroom Monday morning and said nothing.

One of about 40 complainants in the case took the stand. The now 40-year-old woman is from Igloolik, and was between five and nine years old when she alleges Dejaeger sexually abused her.

She described a time when she said "Father Eric," as he was known, fondled her. Another time, she alleges he had intercourse with her in his bedroom.

She testified that Dejaeger told her it was sinful to tell a lie and that she would be taken away from her parents if she told them what happened.

The woman will continue to testify Monday afternoon.

Allegations date back decades
The case includes allegations from Feb. 19, 1995, when he was originally charged with three counts of indecent assault and three counts of buggery, a charge no longer in the Criminal Code. They relate to his time as a priest in the community of Igloolik between 1978 and 1982.

In 1995, Dejaeger had just completed a five-year sentence, most of it served in a halfway house and on probation, on 11 counts of sexual assault and indecent assault against children in Baker Lake, where he was posted after Igloolik.

He was scheduled to return to court on the Igloolik charges on June 13, 1995, but never showed. By then, he had left the country and was back in Belgium, where he was born.

An arrest warrant was immediately issued, but the priest was able to live quietly in Oblate communities in France and Belgium until he was returned in early 2011.

In 2001, Interpol put Dejaeger on its red list of international arrest warrants. Ten years later, Dejaeger was arrested on immigration charges after it was discovered his Belgian citizenship was no longer valid.

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Eric Dejaeger pleaded guilty to eight of the 76 sexual abuse of which he is accused

The trial, expected for many years, the Belgian priest Eric Dejaeger accused of numerous sexual abuse of children in the Inuit community between 1978 and 1982 began on Monday morning Inaquit, the capital of the territory of Nunavut in Canada's far north. The man pleaded guilty to eight of the 76 charges for which he is charged.

Eric Dejaeger, aged 65, appeared before the court wearing navy blue suit prisoners, a green parka and a hat. He wears a long gray beard and thin glasses. During the first day of hearing, the court heard witness accounts citing facts ranging from touching to rape, sometimes sordid when a victim said she was handcuffed to the bars of a bed or other stated she saw the priest fornicating with his dog.

The trial was estimated at ten weeks, but recognition by Eric Dejaeger 8 of the 76 charges against him could reduce it to 5 weeks. More than 40 people are expected to testify at a rate of 3 or 4 per day, said Attorney Doug Curliss. The task will not be easy in this area of ​​2 million km2 where winter makes travel difficult.

The priest did not wish to appear before a jury and selected proceedings before a single judge.

Despite a temperature bordering -20 degrees, many Canadian journalists, from both local and national media, and Belgium were present at the first day of hearing and massed at the entrance of the court courthouse when Nunavut Eric Dejaegher appeared framed by the police.

Eric Dejaeger went into exile in Canada in the 1970s in order to convert the Inuit to Christianity. He settled in the Igloolik Inuit community of Baker Lake, in northern Canada. In 1990, he was sentenced to five years in prison for sexual abuse of minors but was released after 18 months in detention. In 1995, following the introduction of nine new complaints, the priest fled and returned, in hiding in Belgium. Our country has extradited to Canada in January 2011. Since then, many complaints were added.
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The Canadian Press - May 19th, 2011
Women link up on the web to bring convicted pedophile priest back to Canada

He must have thought he was through with Canadian prisons.

Father Eric Dejaeger probably figured as recently as last spring that he'd never have to answer to accusations he'd betrayed the faith and innocence of Inuit children from the tiny Nunavut community of Igloolik.

And he almost never did.

The fact he now sits in an Arctic jail, awaiting trial on a score of sex charges, has as much to do with luck, dogged journalism, modern communications and two determined women on opposite sides of the Atlantic as it does with international law enforcement.

One of his pursuers, a retired nurse and homemaker from Ottawa, was motivated by sex scandals she saw tearing her church apart. The other, a Belgian, was outraged that an accused pedophile could live and work in her country unchallenged over allegations he faced thousands of kilometres away in Canada.

Together, in front of their computers, they supplied both the push and sometimes the information that finally drove authorities to ensure the matter would be addressed in a Canadian court.

"Thanks to the Internet, the day is going to come when these fellows have no place to hide,'' says Sylvia McEachern from her home in the capital.

Dejaeger, now 64, wasn't born in Canada, but he adopted it as home in the early 1970s. He came from Belgium and took out citizenship here in 1977.

He found a calling studying at Edmonton's Newman Theological College and was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1978. His first posting took him to the remote northern community of Igloolik.

The Oblate missionary there at the time was Father Robert Lechat, a much-loved, Inuktitut-speaking veteran of the North.

One woman who was there as a child remembers spending a lot of time at Lechat's home with other youngsters, drawing pictures and reading Bible stories as the avuncular Lechat rode herd on the sometimes-unruly kids.

"Out of nowhere, Eric came and (Lechat) introduced him to the community,'' she recalls.

To an Inuit child, the new priest from the south seemed exotic.

"He had weird dark glasses. Lots of hair. He smelled like something rotting.''

Dejaeger - who never learned Inuktitut - also welcomed children into the church.

"He was nice at first but then things started getting weird. I didn't like being too close to him. He was different than Father Lechat.

"He would use food to bring us there because he knew that we had hardly any food in our house. He would say he had candy to share.''

Others saw nothing wrong.

Lucasi Ivvalu, now Igloolik's mayor, remembers seeing Dejaeger frequently walking his dog around town.

"When he was here, he acted as though he was a really decent man. We thought he was someone who was a friend.''

Lechat, who was out of town on church business for much of the time the two priests shared in Igloolik, says much the same.

Dejaeger "was OK,'' Lechat recalls. "He was even liked.''

Lechat says he had no idea anything was amiss until he later heard about Dejaeger's stint in Baker Lake, Nunavut, between 1982 and 1989. Eight charges of sexual assault and one of indecent assault were laid stemming from that time. The victims were boys and girls nine through 18 years old.

Dejaeger pleaded guilty in 1990 to all nine counts. He served part of his five-year sentence and was released in September 1991.

By then RCMP were looking into the time he spent in Igloolik.

Correspondence from the Oblate order's lawyers in 1993 suggest they didn't expect fresh charges. But something changed, and in June 1995 police charged Dejaeger with three new counts of indecent assault and another three of buggery _ a crime no longer in the Criminal Code.

He didn't show up for his court date.

"It was determined later that Dejaeger had fled to Belgium,'' says Sgt. Jimmy Akavak of Iqaluit RCMP.

Before he left, Dejaeger discussed the matter with his supervisor, Oblate Father Jean-Paul Isabelle.

"I didn't agree with him leaving,'' Isabelle says.

But he didn't try to make Dejaeger stay.

"I didn't think it was my business.

"I told him, 'Well, I don't want to know anything about this. But when you get to wherever you're going, here's a code that we're going to use to let me know where you are ... When you get to wherever you're going, just send me a note ...' When I received this code I knew what country he was in.''

Isabelle never told police about the code. He says they never asked about it.

Isabelle says he did not know where Dejaeger went in Belgium, but he was able to get a letter through to him with the co-operation of Belgian church officials after Dejaeger's no-show in court.

The letter warned: ``A mandate for your arrest is out for you, which means should you come to Canada you would be apprehended at the entry point.''

Canada then asked Belgium to send Dejaeger back, says Belgian journalist Saskia van Nieuwenhove, who has reported on the case.

"The Canadians told Brussels that he had Canadian nationality and had to (renounce) his Belgian nationality,'' says van Nieuwenhove. ``That fact exists in his file. The Canadian embassy told Belgium he's a Canadian.''

But Belgium failed to act on the information, so Dejaeger stayed put.

Three years later, in 1998, Interpol issued an arrest warrant. The RCMP also issued a new warrant in 2002.

Still, no one troubled the priest who was living quietly in an Oblate community. Although the Oblates have said he was no longer allowed to say mass, he did spend time in Lourdes, where he welcomed Flemish pilgrims to the holy site where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to a little girl.

It took another nine years _ until last May _ before the Belgian newspaper De Morgen published a story by reporter Douglas DeConinck pointing out that Dejaeger was living and working freely, despite the Interpol warrant.

Lieve Halsberghe, a Belgian who works with the international support group Survivor's Network of those Abused by Priests, recalls reading the story and being outraged.

"There was an Interpol warrant out for his arrest that was printed in the newspaper here and nobody did anything about it,'' she says.

Halsberghe was particularly well placed to change that. A relative of hers had been the head of an investigative commission looking into sex abuse by priests and had passed along to her information collected on Dejaeger.

"My aunt told me these stories and I can't stand hypocrites and injustice,'' she says. ``So somebody had to do it.''

Halsberghe hit the Internet. There she found McEachern's website.

In the early '90s, McEachern _ then, as now, a regular churchgoer _ had been writing for a publication by lay Catholics on subjects such as church liturgy and doctrine. She heard whispers about clerical sexual abuse but admits,``I didn't want to go there, I really didn't.''

Eventually, though, a local priest faced charges. McEachern felt she could no longer ignore the issue and went to the trial. When a scandal surrounding allegations of a pedophile ring in Cornwall, Ont., broke, she found herself blogging about it and collecting data on priests who had abused children.

As the Cornwall legal cases grew into a public inquiry, she began posting those documents on the web. That eventually grew into an online database on priest sex abuse.

"People really should be able to look,'' McEachern says. ``If there's somebody who's been charged, sued or accused, at least (complainants) can have the comfort of a source of information on that.''

That database came to include two old news stories by The Canadian Press on Dejaeger's Baker Lake convictions. In April 2010, Halsberghe found those stories and she and McEachern began exchanging information.

"We were Skyping every day,'' says McEachern.

Halsberghe wanted to see Dejaeger face the courts in Canada. But before she began pushing for that, she needed to know that Canada still wanted him.

By last June, McEachern was able to confirm that the Canadian warrant was still active and she helped Halsberghe get in touch with Dejaeger's accusers. They were eager for a trial.

"I knew then for 100 per cent sure that they wanted him back,'' Halsberghe says.

On June 25, 2010, Interpol issued a fresh warrant. But the Belgian government still considered Dejaeger a citizen, and that country has a 10-year statute of limitations. Belgium wouldn't extradite a citizen for crimes for which he couldn't be convicted in its courts.

McEachern and Halsberghe spent last summer on the phone with police and government officials in both countries, trying to understand why a man wanted for such serious crimes wasn't being prosecuted.

"It was so terribly, terribly, terribly frustrating,'' McEachern says. ``I was hard-pressed to find out anything.''

Information about extradition requests and ongoing investigations was confidential, she was told. She began to despair of ever seeing Dejaeger back in Canada.

Finally, Halsberghe took matters into her own hands. Through a friend of a friend, she set up a meeting with a church official on Sept. 10, a Friday.

"I threw the whole file of Dejaeger on the table,'' she recalls. ``I said, 'If you want to change your church, you're going to have to turn in that criminal. There's no denying about it. I have all the proof in this file.' ''

That Sunday, the Oblates issued a news release saying Dejaeger would turn himself in the next day.

And so he did, although he wasn't detained. Belgian police had no reason to hold him or any justification to extradite him. Belgium's statute of limitations kept him safe.

But the assumption that protected him _ that he was Belgian as well as Canadian _ was about to crumble.

Almost coincidentally with Dejaeger reporting to police, van Nieuwenhove discovered that Belgian law in 1977 didn't recognize dual citizenship. At that time, if you became Canadian, you were no longer Belgian. Van Nieuwenhove checked with Canadian officials to make sure Dejaeger hadn't changed his citizenship back. He hadn't.

Van Nieuwenhove immediately took the discovery to her contact in Belgium's justice ministry.

"I called him at 5 o'clock to say, 'I think we have a problem. I found out (Dejaeger) is Canadian.' He said, 'Saskia, I will call you back.' ''

By 7:30 that evening, the Belgian government put out a news release echoing van Nieuwenhove's finding.

Still there was no extradition order from Canada, even though RCMP told Halsberghe an investigation was ``ongoing'' and Belgian police had been questioning him regularly.

Halsberghe met again with church officials in December.

"They said, 'He won't go back and he doesn't want to. I can't force him.' ''

Eventually, a Belgian police officer who had been questioning Dejaeger realized that he had long overstayed the three-year limit for Canadians without a visa. He was arrested on Jan. 3 and returned to Canada on Jan. 19.

After all the investigation and concern about Dejaeger's alleged sexual assaults, it was that immigration violation that finally sent him back to face charges.

Canadian officials have never explained why they didn't press for his extradition. Such investigations, they say, are confidential.

Now, Dejaeger sits in an Iqaluit jail charged with 28 offences alleged to have occurred between 1978 and 1982 in Igloolik. He is facing one count of failing to appear, two charges of common assault, one of using violence to prevent reporting a suspicious activity and 24 sexual offences, include one count of bestiality.

Several attempts by The Canadian Press to contact Dejaeger's lawyer have been unsuccessful.

Two bail hearings have been postponed and his trial is likely to be months away.

Lawyer Steven Cooper confirms that the Catholic church has reached at least 30 out-of-court settlements with those who came in contact with Dejaeger in Igloolik. The settlements involve allegations not tested in court. Cooper, who represented the complainants, expects that once the trial starts, more alleged victims will come forward in Baker Lake to seek redress.

It's a difficult wait for those whose complaints led to the latest charges.

"All of the memories are coming back,'' one of them told The Canadian Press. "I'm numb all over and I can't think. I'm trying not to drink.''

McEachern downplays her role in bringing Dejaeger back to face the courts.

"I don't know,'' she says. ``I think the (website) was able to keep people abreast.''

But Halsberghe says once a few committed people devote themselves to a cause, anything is possible.

"Maybe if I hadn't done anything, nothing would have happened. It's like a wind or a tornado - when you start something, people pitch in.''
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2010: A year of crisis for Nunavut Canada - crime, booze, guns & dysfunction

A grim 12 months, 2010 marked by violent crime, government dysfunction

Bureaucratic inertia and intimidated parents who were reluctant to complain allowed former teacher Ed Horne to get away with the sexual abuse of Inuit children in the 1980s, says a report prepared for the Government of the Northwest Territories. The report, written in December 1985, was made public only after an access to information request.


Following a series of sexual abuse scandals in Belgium, it comes to light that Father Eric Dejaeger, a Roman Catholic priest who served in Nunavut in the 1970s and 1980s, is still wanted for six sex charges related to the molestation of children in Igloolik in the early 1980s.
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Nunatsiaq Online - May 20, 2011
Oblates knew of Dejaeger’s activities for years

The list of the lies of the Oblates in this file is very, very long”

We are shocked, but not surprised, by what Bishop Reynald Rouleau has recently been saying to the press regarding the crisis in Igloolik, following the return of Father Eric Dejaeger to Canada.

“How come that could have happened and we saw nothing?” Bishop Rouleau is quoted as saying on CBC radio: “Catholic bishop travels to troubled Nunavut hamlet”

The truth is that Bishop Rouleau knew what had happened in Igloolik long before Dejaeger was arrested in Belgium in January 2011.

He knew of the abuse inflicted by Dejaeger when he was in my office in 1990, while negotiating a settlement at the government office in Baker Lake to address the crisis perpetuated in 1989 by Dejaeger’s abuse

Rouleau knew of the abuse inflicted by Dejaeger when Dejaeger was charged in 1990. He knew that, even though Dejaeger had pleaded guilty to the charges in 1990, he had omitted to talk about the abuse he inflicted on other children, because further charges were laid against him in 1991. And again in 1993. And in 1994. And in 1995.

Bishop Rouleau expresses his concern for his employee Father Tony Krotki “who is not responsible.” Krotki knew about the history of his predecessor. He knew about the charges against Dejaeger from Igloolik. He knew where Dejaeger had been living since 1995.

That was no secret, except to the inhabitants of Igloolik and the RCMP officers. Dejager’s address and telephone number was and is still listed in the international directory of the Oblates, to be consulted online.

While the Oblates were negotiating with the survivors in Igloolik, none of them, nor the RCMP were told that Dejaeger was living freely, in a nice villa, doing light work, in Belgium.

Father Quang Van said their focus is on the future. The people of Igloolik should not focus on the past. Fair enough.

But Father Van says some people in Igloolik are reluctant to forgive. Forgive what exactly? The bishop and his colleagues seem to forget one very important step.

Truth should precede reconciliation, otherwise the healing can never start. The list of the lies of the Oblates in this file is very, very long. It extends all the way to Belgium and France and Italy. The time for the truth is now.

Both the survivors of Dejaeger and their families and neighbors have a right to know the truth. Just like the horrible facts about the Nazi’s, the past should not be forgotten. The truth needs to be known so that the victims can finally be recognized as victims and start to heal and move on to have a happy life.

The truth needs to be known so we can learn from the past and all do our best this never happens again. Never. There is nothing more important than the safety of our children, whether these children are born in Nunavut or Belgium, Australia or Brazil.

Michel Bertrand
M’chigeeng, Ont.
Social worker with Government of the Northwest Territories, 1989-1990

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CBC News - Mar 29, 2011
Igloolik priest leaves after being threatened

The Catholic priest in Igloolik, Nunavut, has left the community after he was recently threatened, while many residents are dealing with pain and anger they feel towards the Roman Catholic Church for alleged past abuses.

The sudden departure of Rev. Tony Krotki came after residents of Igloolik, a remote hamlet of about 1,500 in the eastern Arctic, learned that Eric Dejaeger, the community's former priest, had been brought back to Canada to face decades-old sexual abuse allegations.

Acting Mayor Paul Quassa said Krotki received a threat sometime in the past month, after Dejaeger had been taken into custody in Iqaluit on multiple charges of indecent assault, buggery and other offences.

A number of individuals in Igloolik claim that Dejaeger, now 63, sexually abused them as children between 1978 and 1982, when he was serving as the community's Catholic priest. He currently faces a total of 20 criminal charges.

Dejaeger had fled to Belgium after he served a jail term in Canada for sex crimes against children in another Nunavut community, Baker Lake. He left Canada around the time that the Igloolik charges were first filed in 1995.

But earlier this year, Belgian immigration officials declared that Dejaeger had overstayed his legal residency in that country. He was brought back to Canada in January and remains in custody in Iqaluit.

No excuse for threat

Quassa said there is no excuse for the threat that prompted Igloolik's latest priest, Krotki, to leave the community.

"If one feels threatened, I think that should not be tolerated. Nobody should be threatened by anybody," Quassa said.

"Even vocal threats should not be tolerated, and that I believe was being the case here. I do not blame him for leaving."

Rev. Quang Van, who is usually based in Hall Beach, Nunavut, said he was brought to Igloolik's St. Stephen Church last week to fill in following Krotki's departure.

Van told CBC News he only knows that Krotki was threatened by somebody in Igloolik, and he decided to leave as a result.

Van said while he understands the community's anger towards the church, he is not worried about his own safety.

"For us, as a priest, we are here for the people," Van said in an interview last week.

Some reluctant to forgive

While Van was filling in for Krotki last week, the national Truth and Reconciliation Commission was in Igloolik to hear from dozens of former residential school students, some of whom said they were abused at the church-run schools.

Van said given the recent testimony from residential school survivors, and the sexual abuse allegations against Dejaeger, some in Igloolik are reluctant to forgive.

But Van said his focus in on the future.

"For me, it's in the past. Now we try to do our best for reconciliation," he said.

Quassa said he supports Krotki, whether he decides to return to Igloolik or not. The community's Catholic population needs a spiritual leader, the mayor added.

Neither Krotki nor the Roman Catholic Diocese of Churchill-Hudson Bay could be reached for comment on Monday.

Northern News Service - June 13, 2011
Bishop visits

IGLULIK - Bishop Reynald Rouleau of the Catholic Diocese of Churchill-Hudson Bay was in Iglulik from May 13 to 20, while the community deals with allegations of sexual abuse by its former Catholic priest.

Eric Dejaeger was returned to Canada from Belgium earlier this year to face 28 charges stemming from incidents alleged to have occurred between 1978 and 1982 in Iglulik.

"I come to live the situation with the community and hopefully help also the people to overcome and go beyond," said Rouleau. "We need to keep some hope."

Iglulik's Catholic priest, Father Tony Krotki, left the community in March after allegedly receiving threats.

During his 20th visit to Iglulik since he was appointed bishop in 1987, Rouleau said he celebrated Sunday mass and received a friendly welcome, something, along with the community's openness, he said he appreciated.

"I was really quite stressed when I came in because I did not know how things will develop, especially in the situation we were in but now, I'm really thankful to the people here for their friendship," he said. "I will try to listen the best I can and to understand the best I can. I really appreciate the leadership also in Iglulik."

Rouleau said from what he gathered during his visit, the community wants Father Krotki back.

"I hope he will come back for the construction of the building (new Catholic church) and people want to see him," he said. "Hopefully he will come back for the construction time. Then, it will give time to readjust and see what can be done and how we will proceed in the coming years."

Celestino Uyarak, the hamlet's assistant senior administrative officer, said the bishop's visit was a quiet one.

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Short stories (influence)

There will have been influenced by several authors reading the geometry in the impossible. In the 60s, a Julien Parent wrote in acknowledging his debt mainly by correspondence. It is perhaps the one that is on the screen in the film Boris Lehman, director free and unconstrained production, having signed a few stories that have earned him to be the summary of Hara Kiri or anthology leaders force of black humor (Planet). A collection entitled Small funny texts follows the format of the periodical illustrated brief silence, 27.5 x 10.5 cm. Height therefore, something vertical and high. Read:

"The scar

Each time, the women asked him the question.

- But where does this scar shaped grid that you have on the belly come from? They asked.

One day he confessed the truth.

In his youth he had loved a stove. "

In the '80s, Dominique Sciamma, too avid reader Tales frozen and has an imagination of artificial intelligence engineer, wrote an unpublished book of over 100 pages, a mini-story per page. He proposed to the French newspaper Le Monde, following those that Sternberg had published. Le Monde refused these sarcastic worlds. The magazine's crazy talk, better yet inspired by the design or hilarious stories, the stories also refused a stranger. Read:

"Cinema truth

From the first scene, the audience know the murderer.

And the case unraveled at the end of the film after the police has fallen in the room beat a few of them. "


"The Fall

It was said that doomsday, politicians were seated at the right of the father.

He had been so, and elected accumulated to the right of the father.

But the bench was too short and God fell on earth. "

The "Point-Point" collection (Threshold ed.) Refused to Jacques Sternberg himself mini stories in one sentence some of whom had already been published in the Sunday supplement of the newspaper Le Monde.

It was in the mid 90 Eric Dejaeger took up the torch, under the combined influence of Jacques Sternberg and Richard Brautigan. As the latter was already dead he still had to be the first to know who lived some poor sales despite or because of its mini-stories about God. Pruning max ... preface by the author of the now classic in the impossible geometry contains some memorable stories in the field of black humor. The head researcher, the choice of hero ... diamonds are the "irreverence" made in belgium. Read more:
"The influence of Marcel Proust

He lived only times forgotten, missing moments, memories surged and the sand crushed to jackhammer hourglass of time. He was so absorbed in his search for the lost time he never thought to die. Each week, a maid came to dust and cobwebs of his future. "

On another planet, everyone died. Hard to imagine, especially since they all die in fear of one day living. "

That torture the poetry he invented facts, various burlesque Eric Dejaeger is a direct heir of JS
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