Lawsuits Force Canadian Anglican Diocese Into Bankruptcy

The Diocese of Cariboo in British Columbia will be the first in the Anglican Church of Canada to go bankrupt as the result of lawsuits filed by indigenous peoples who said that they were abused in church-run residential schools. "It is our intention that on Oct. 15 our diocese will cease to operate," said Bishop Jim Cruickshank.

The diocese is seeking legal advice on whether it will be necessary to sell parish properties to settle its debts after it goes bankrupt. The national church is spending about $100,000 a month to deal with the 1,195 lawsuits it is facing. The only relief would be a quick agreement by the Canadian government to assume most of the church's liabilities resulting from the suits.

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