The church was part of the Indian residential school settlement reached in 2006. While the government paid the lion’s share of the billion-dollar settlement, the churches were also required to make reparations.The Anglican, Presbyterian and United churches have met their obligations, but according to the federal government, the Catholic Church is shirking its responsibility.
The Aboriginal Healing Foundation is one organization that was slated to receive funds from the Catholic Church.
"We're trying to get blood from a stone," says Mike DeGagne, former head of the organization.
He says the foundation was supposed to receive $29 million from the church.
"But then, the Catholics were allowed to subtract a number of expenses they'd already incurred, so it got down to about $18 million and about $1.6 million is still outstanding."