Haida elder suing Catholic Church and priest, hopes for ‘healing and reconciliation’

  By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press The lawyer for a residential school survivor leading a proposed class-action defamation lawsuit against the Catholic Church over residential schools says the court action is a last resort. Maxime Faille, the lawyer for Sphenia Jones, says the goal is understanding — not money. “Sphenia is 80 years-old. She doesn’t care about money for herself,” Faille said in an interview from Vancouver. “She wants to see healing happen, and this is an opportunity for healing and reconciliation. “But it takes two willing partners to do that. To me, (the lawsuit) is the fall back if the other side isn’t willing to come to the table.” Jones is a Haida elder who spent time at the Edmonton Indian Residential School. She filed a statement of…

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