Haida Elder, who survived residential `school,’ alleges defamation from Catholic priest

 By Aaron Hemens  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Content warning: This article contains graphic details about residential “schools” including the deaths of children. Please read with care for your spirit. A Haida Elder and residential “school” survivor is leading a proposed class action lawsuit against the Catholic church and one of its priests over what she alleges are “false and deeply hurtful” denialist comments. Sphenia Jones is scheduled to appear in a “Calgary” courtroom on April 22 after filing a statement of claim against “Edmonton” priest Marcin Mironiuk, the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton, and the Oblate Fathers of Assumption Province. Jones is alleging that remarks Mironiuk made during a mass service in 2021, where he reportedly described the evidence of unmarked graves at residential “schools” as “lies” and “manipulation,” are defamatory…

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