The other oblate referred to was a colleague of Joveneau

News 29 March, 2018
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    Father Alexis Joveneau (right) has planned with Ottawa for the deportation of tens of Innu to the edge of the North Pioneer.

    Elisa Cloutier

    Thursday, 29 march 2018 22:59

    Thursday, 29 march 2018 22:59

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    Referred to by the collective action against the Oblates of Mary Immaculate for abuse and sexual abuse of Innu, the old father Omer Provencher has not denied the allegations leveled against him, when contacted by The Newspaper Thursday.

    Man, today 89-year-old who remains in Quebec, was obviously shaken when confronted by The Newspaper over the phone. “This is serious what you tell me “, he first stated, the tremolo in the voice after a long silence.

    When questioned whether he had abused or sexually assaulted Innu during its passage through the congregation of the Oblates, he replied : “I sexually assaulted ? Well, it, it is up to other to file, to show. “

    “I have nothing to reply on it for me “, he finally added, before hanging up.

    A former colleague of Joveneau

    Admitting to have read the record of the Newspaper about the father of Alexis Joveneau, who would have assaulted and sexually abused dozens of victims, the old father Provencher stated that he had never witnessed anything or heard of these alleged assaults, during his visit to Maliotenam.

    “I’ve had nothing to do with it, but I worked with him,” he mentioned.

    A native of Victoriaville, Omer Provencher has worked at the congregation of the Oblates between 1958 and 1980 in Sept-Isles and Maliotenam.

    For an unknown reason, he left the congregation in 1980 and moved to Quebec, where he worked in a furniture business. He now lives with his wife. The latter was not aware of the allegations against a, when questioned by The Newspaper.

    To this day, the allegations against the former father Omer Provencher had not been publicly exposed.