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Inuit who say they’re victims of Catholic priest must come forward, says federal justice minister – APTN News

The federal justice minister says the push to prosecute an aging Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing children in Nunavut is still alive.

But alleged victims of Rev. Johannes Rivoire need to come forward and share their stories again, said David Lametti.

That’s because original evidence used to lay three sex-related charges in 1998 that were stayed against Rivoire in 2017 no longer applies.

“There were previous accusations that were made – those proceedings were stayed,” Lametti said in an interview with APTN’s Nation to Nation.

“There’s nothing I can do once those proceedings are stayed but we are hoping that perhaps other survivors will come forward.”

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