Winnipeg Catholic Priest Accuses Residential School Survivors of Lying About Abuse for Money

A Catholic priest has been banned by a Winnipeg archdiocese from speaking publicly after accusing residential school survivors of lying about sexual abuse to get more money from court settlements, and after he joked about shooting those who wrote graffiti on churches, among other comments. 

“If they wanted extra money, from the money that was given to them, they had to lie sometimes — lie that they were abused sexually and, oop, another $50,000,” Forest said.

“It’s kind of hard if you’re poor not to lie,” he continued, adding that all of the Indigenous people he knew during his 22 years working up north liked residential schools. 


Remains of more than 1,000 Indigenous children have been found at former residential schools in Canada.

More than $3B paid to 28,000 victims of residential school abuse as of this March report.


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